University of Central Florida
Fernando Rivera is an associate professor and associate chair of sociology at the University of Central Florida. Rivera has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his disaster research. In addition, he participated in the Research Education in Disaster Mental Health training fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Dartmouth University. He is also the editor of "Disaster Resilience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" (2013, with Kapucu and Hawkins). He is co-author with Kapucu of "Disaster Vulnerability, Hazards and Resilience: Perspectives from Florida"(Springer, 2015) and several journal articles and book chapters. He is currently a principal co-investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary project examining restoration and resilience in coupled human-natural systems. He earned his master's degree and PhD in sociology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. He also completed a NIMH-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for health, health care policy, and aging research at Rutgers University.