DRLA Administration

Patrick Bordnick Ph.D.

Dean of The School of Social Work

pbordnick Biography coming soon...

Reggie Ferreira, PhD.


Reggie Ferreira

Dr. Reggie Ferreira, Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Program | Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Social Work | Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work | Research Fellow Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Dr. Ferreira became the Director of the DRL Program in Spring 2017. Originally, Dr. Ferreira joined the faculty from the Center of Hazards Research, University of Louisville. He earned a BSW degree and his master's degree in disaster management (cum laude) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville. His dissertation research focused on multilevel disaster resilience and social vulnerability, pre and post Hurricane Katrina. Currently his work is focused on post Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill resilience and recovery. Reggie has worked on several local and international research projects related to disaster risk reduction in Africa, Europe and the United States. His main focus is on disaster research, primarily on systematic disaster resilience, social vulnerability and well-being within a disaster context. His work has been presented and published through several prestigious local and international peer review outlets. Other research interests include intimate partner violence, evidence-based practice research and pet loss. Dr. Ferreira is a second generation Ph.D. originally from South Africa.