Brian Mayer

Brian Mayer

Associate Professor - School of Sociology

Adaptation programs/projects:

  • Health Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Eastern Gulf Coast Communities: A Community-Based Assessment of Vulnerability and Resiliency, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. Deepwater Horizon Disaster Research Consortia: Health Impacts and Community Resiliency Program Project (U19).
  • The Role of Social Resources in Resilience and Mental Health Recovery in Gulf Coast Communities After Oil Spill. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency. Resiliency Supplement to Deepwater Horizon Disaster Research Consortia.
  • Modeling the Interplay of Individual and Community Resilience for Recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services.

Selected publications:

  • Bergstrand, K, B. Mayer, B. Brumback, and Y. Zhang, 2014. Assessing the relationship between social vulnerability and community resilience to hazards. Social Indicators Research, Online first:
  • Abramson, D.M., L.M. Grattan, B. Mayer, C.E. Colten, F.A. Arosemena, A. Bedimo-Rung, and M. Lichtveld. 2015. The resilience activation framework: A conceptual model of how access to social resources promotes adaptation and rapid recovery in post-disaster settings. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42(1): 42-57.
  • Morris, J.G. Jr., L.M. Grattan, B.M. Mayer, and J.K. Blackburn, 2013. Psychological responses and resilience of people and communities impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, 124: 91-201.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University, 2006
  • M.A., Sociology, Brown University, 2002
  • B.A., Environmental Studies and Politics, Univerisity of California Santa Cruz, 1999
Geographic Area
Expertise Area
Public Health
Public Policy and Governance