MA Teachers College, Columbia University
BA Rutgers College
Thomas Chandler, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities, at Teachers College, Columbia University.
He is the Principal Investigator of a $398,000 two year grant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control examining the public health systems response to Hurricane Sandy in the New York City area. He is also an investigator for a two-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study on the effects of environmental hazards on Sandy response workers and homeowners in hard-hit areas. Additionally, he is a lecturer for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute.
He focuses on the human impact of natural disasters, geographic and social networks, community preparedness, and sustainability education. He has authored several book chapters and journal articles related to these themes. His work has appeared in the Journal of Social Studies Research, the National Council for Social Studies Bulletin, and in Interactive Learning Environments. As part of a grant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he is been developing and evaluating curricula pertaining to disaster response and the needs of socially and geographically vulnerable populations.
He recently served on the following Dissertation Committee at Teachers College, Columbia University: Crowdsourcing for natural disaster response: An evaluation of crisis mapping the 2010 Haitian earthquake by Feighery, Annie, Ed.D., 2014
E-Learning’s Potential Scrutinized in Flu Crisis
Additionally, he works as an instructional designer for a CDC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) grant to meet preparedness and response training and education needs of the U. S. public health workforce. The PERLC provide core competency-based training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners' unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response; providing specialized training, education, exercise consultation and products not addressed through core competency-based curricula.