Regardt (Reggie) Ferreira, Ph.D.

Program Director

Regardt (Reggie) Ferreira is the Director of Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy and the Consortium for Equitable Disaster Resilience. He is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He joined the Tulane University faculty in 2013, where he divides his time among administration, applied and community-based research, program development, community work, and teaching activities. Currently, he is the Chief Editor for the prestigious American Psychological Association’s Traumatology journal, focused on resilience practices amongst traumatized individuals, families, and communities. He has served on several national advisory committees, including those for the National Academies of Science and the American Red Cross.

His main research interest is at the intersection of disaster, climate change, resilience, and behavioral health, with work conducted in Europe, Africa, North America, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Over the past two decades, he has been involved with several efforts focused on disaster risk reduction and fostering resilience, with projects totaling over $43 million in federal and foundation funding. His interdisciplinary work includes over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of trauma, climate change, and resilience topics. Dr. Ferreira’s work in the classroom has been recognized with several top teaching awards for his innovative and engaging approaches to teaching. His program development work includes assisting with the development and launch of the Tulane Doctor of Social Work, and he was the architect behind the launch of the on-ground and online versions of the Tulane MS-Disaster Resilience Leadership program and Dual MSW program. His work has most recently been featured in popular media outlets such as CNN, Rolling Stone, Voice of America, HBO/VICE, The Atlantic, Fox, Fox News, NBC, NBC News, CBS, ABC, Reuters, Medscape, NPR, Futurity, ScienceDaily, USA Today, Inside Climate News, and Psychology Today. Reggie loves the outdoors and is originally from Bloemfontein, South Africa.