University Seminar: Research Methods in Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Response
Brian Tomaszewski PhD is a geographic information scientist with research interests in the domains of geographic information science and technology, geographic visualization, spatial thinking, disaster management, and refugee affairs. His published research on geographic information systems (GIS) and disaster management related topics has appeared in top scientific journals and conferences such as Information Visualization, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Computers and Geosciences, the IEEE Conference on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, the IEEE Conference on Global Humanitarian Technology, and The Cartographic Journal. He also regularly publishes in popular GIS trade magazines such as ArcUser and ArcNews. He is the author of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Disaster Management published 2014 by CRC Press and which is one of the first book‐length treatments on the topic. He is actively involved in international disaster management and refugee affairs research with research projects funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in Germany and Jordan as well as collaborations with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda and Jordan. He is an adjunct professor with the Centre for Disaster Management and Mitigation at the Vellore Institute of Technology, India and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY USA.
University Seminar: Building Global Research Capacity: Ethiopia Case Study
Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH is the Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center. She is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. Until 2016, she was the Director of Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Psychiatry. As a behavioral scientist who specializes in mixed research methodologies focusing on global mental health, she has extensive research experience that is deeply rooted in contexts of diverse populations. Dr. Borba has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers spanning populations in over ten countries. She is currently the PI of a NIMH research training grant, which seeks to understand and respond to the existing 5:1 male-to-female prevalence ratio for schizophrenia in Butajira, Ethiopia. In addition, she has led research examining factors influencing health-seeking behaviors and disparities in mental health care for women with serious mental illness both domestically and abroad. Dr. Borba’s capacity building work has expanded to other post-conflict and low-resource settings, specifically in western and eastern Africa, where primary care has been identified as a potential point of entry into care for people needing mental health services. She regularly advises and teaches psychiatry residents, research fellows, and public health students about performing global mental health research in resource-limited countries using quantitative and qualitative research methods.