and: Deputy Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
As Deputy Director and Director of Research at Columbia UniversityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, Dr. AbramsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s areas of study include disaster recovery and resiliency, the social ecology of vulnerability, risk communication targeted at high-risk or elusive communities, and survey research on preparedness attitudes and behaviors. He is the principal investigator of the longitudinal Gulf Coast Child & Family Health Study, an examination of need and recovery among 1,000+ randomly sampled displaced and impacted families in Louisiana and Mississippi (2006-2010), and is Co-Investigator of an NIH study of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s health. Additionally, Dr. Abramson is leading a foundation-funded effort to identify pediatric need along the Gulf Coast coupled with a youth empowerment intervention project in five Gulf Coast high schools. Other current or recent disaster-related research activities include studies of how US cities recover from disasters, evolving trends in disaster philanthropy, the public health response to Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and a FEMA-funded Ã¢â‚¬Å“community tabletopÃ¢â‚¬Â that focused on how well school systems can prepare for disasters. From 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2010, Dr. Abramson served as an Associate Editor of the AMA peer-reviewed journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.
Prior to entering the field of public health in 1990, Dr. Abramson worked for a decade as a national magazine journalist, having written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, and the San Francisco Examiner, among other publications. A former paramedic, Abramson holds a doctorate in sociomedical sciences with a specialization in political science, and a master of public health degree, both from Columbia University.
Associate Editor, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Abramson, DM, Park, YS, Stehling-Ariza, T, and Redlener, . Children as Bellwethers of Recovery: Dysfunctional Systems and the Effects of Parents, Households, and Neighborhoods on Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children After Hurricane Katrina. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 4: S17-S27, 2010
Abramson, DM, Stehling-Ariza, T., Park, Y.S., Walsh, L. and Culp, D. (2010). Measuring Individual Disaster Recovery: A Socioecological Framework. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 4: S46-S54
Stehling-Ariza T, YS Park, JJ Sury, D Abramson. Measuring the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Access to a Personal Healthcare Provider: The Use of the National Survey of Childrenâ€™s Health for an External Comparison Group. Journal of Maternal and Child Health. 16:S170-S177, 2012.
Abramson, D, Stehling-Ariza, T, Garfield, R, Redlener, I The Prevalence and Predictors of Mental Health Distress Post-Katrina: Findings from the Gulf Coast Child and Family Health Study Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness 2 (2) 77-86 2008
Abramson, D, Morse S, Garrett A, Redlener, I Public Health Disaster Research: Surveying the field, defining its future Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness 1 (1) 57-62 2007
Garrett, A, Grant, R, Madrid, P, Brito, A, Abramson, D, Redlener, I Children and Megadisasters â€“ Lessons Learned in the New Millennium Advances in Pediatrics 54 184-219 2007
Messeri, P, Abramson, D, Aidala, A, Lee, F, Lee, G The Impact of Ancillary HIV Services on Engagement in Medical Care in New York City AIDS Care 14 (Supp1) S15-S30 2002
MA Stoto, DA Almario, and MC McCormick Reducing the Odds: Preventing Perinatal Transmission of HIV in the United States National Academy Press (Institute of Medicine) Washington DC 1999
Abramson, D, Garfield, R Columbia U National Center for Disaster Preparedness The Children's Health Fund 2006
Abramson, D, Garfield, R, Redlener, I Columbia U National Center for Disaster Preparedness The Children's Health Fund 2007