Curt Harris, PhD, EMHP
Dr. Curt Harris

Director of IDM
Associate Professor
Graduate Program Coordinator


William C. Bell, PhD
Dr. William C. Bell

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus

Kelli McCarthy, MPS, CEM-GA, EMHP
Kelli McCarthy

Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor, Disaster Dogs


Michelle Ritchie, PhD
Dr. Michelle Ritchie

Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Program Coordinator


Morgan Taylor, PhD
Dr. Morgan Taylor

Assistant Research Scientist
Assistant Director, UGA Medical Reserve Corps


Austin Dobbs, MA
Austin Dobbs

Emergency Preparedness Manager


Alyssa Ragan, MPH
Alyssa Ragan

Emergency Preparedness Manager


Kathy Shelnutt
Kathy Shelnutt

Administrative Grants Manager


Mollie Tolbert
Mollie Tolbert

Public Relations Specialist

Jim Zerylnick, RN, EMT-P, EMHP, CEM-GA
Jim Zerylnick

Clinical Operations Manager


Erin Mumper
Erin Mumper

Public Relations Specialist


Deborah Herring, RN
Deborah Herring

Nursing Evaluator Coordinator


Donella Moore
Donella Moore

Administrative Coordinator



It’s a No-Regrets Decision to study at the University of Georgia Institute for Disaster Management

Ansu Karim, MPH ’23 In February 2021, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship through the U.S. Department of State to study for a master’s degree in the United States. It


Alumni Spotlight: The 5-Minute Conversation of a Lifetime

Morgan Taylor, BS ’16, MPH ’19, PhD ’23 My first exposure to the Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) occurred in those five minutes of small talk before a meeting begins.


Flooding & Climate Change

Climate change is driving more inland and coastal flooding across the U.S., sometimes in communities with no history of flooding. How does a heating planet contribute to more flooding, and