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



Haylie House
Haylie House

Administrative Specialist


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



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


Experiential Learning through Immersive Research in Iceland

One thing that the University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) stresses is giving students the opportunity to learn by doing. For two weeks this past May and June,


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. During this month, we amplify the importance of reducing stigma and advocate for policies to