DRC-Disaster Research Center

Dr. Kimberly Gill

Post-Doctoral Researcher
166 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2581
Phone: (302) 831-6618
Fax: (302) 831-2091
Email: kgill@udel.edu
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Kimberly B. Gill is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Disaster Research Center (DRC) at the University of Delaware and specializes in the study of public health emergency preparedness and response. Her research and professional experiences over the last decade include: community engagement in public health preparedness, community resilience, hazard and warning communication, and protective action decision-making. During her training at DRC, Dr. Gill also studied collective behavior and egress patterns in emergency evacuation.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Dr. Gill served as the Program Manager for the Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness. In this role, she was responsible for working with government and community partners, public health workers, clinicians, and university faculty and researchers to oversee emergency preparedness training and education activities for local public health workforce development.

From 2002-2004, Dr. Gill served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There she was responsible for developing and implementing mental health disaster response protocols for potential terrorist incidents and public health emergencies in collaboration with mental health disaster response agencies, community-based organizations, hospitals, and city, state and federal partners.

Dr. Gill has taught courses on individual and collective responses to disaster and systematic approaches to management as an adjunct professor in Emergency and Disaster Management at Metropolitan College of New York and at the Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

She received a M.A. in Applied Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She earned a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in sociology, and graduated with honors from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

Selected Publications

Aguirre, B.E. Sherif El-Tawil, Eric Best, Kimberly B. Gill, and Vladimir Fedorov. 2011. "Contributions of Social Science to Agent-based Models of Building Evacuation." Contemporary Social Science, 6(3): 415-432.

Aguirre, B.E., Manuel R. Torres, Kimberly B. Gill, H. Lawrence Hotchkiss. 2011. “Normative Collective Behavior in The Station Building Fire.” Social Science Quarterly, 92(1): 100-118.

Gill, Kimberly B. and Robyn R. Gershon. 2010. “Disaster Mental Health Training Programs in NYC Following September 11, 2001.” Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 34(3): 608-613.

Sederer, Lloyd I., Kelly L. Ryan, Kimberly B. Gill and Josh F. Rubin. 2005. “Challenges of Urban Mental Health Disaster Planning.” In Y. Danieli, D. Brom& J. Sills (Eds.), The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care. An International Handbook. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc. (Published simultaneously as The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 9(3/4): 695-706).