Randolph  Rowel, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Health Sciences



Ph.D., Community Health Education, Health Communications,       

University of Maryland College Park, 1999.                               

Master of Science, Health Education, University of Utah, 1980

B.S., Biology, Chemistry (Minor), Morgan State University, 1975

Biosketch, Academic, and Research Activities

Dr. Rowel is the Director of the Why Culture Matters Disaster Studies Project Dr. Rowel came to Morgan with considerable experience in community organizing, partnership development and evaluation, and teaches Community Needs and Solutions, Community-Based Participatory Research, Preventive Health, and Qualitative Research in Public Health. Recently he received an invitation from FEMA (Federal Emergency Response Agency) to serve as the Private Sector Liaison representative.

Dr. Rowel is currently co-investigator with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC) on Towards a Community Resilience Index; a project that will develop an index to be used as a predictor or pre-event, of peri- and post-event resilience. His research is also exploring strategies to support FEMA's "Whole Community Approach" and developing partnerships that aim to leverage technology, social media, and citizens to build disaster resilient communities.

Dr. Rowel served as an investigator for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER).

He has conducted several studies in Maryland to exam disaster experiences of minority low-income populations. including one focused on the relationship between daily crisis (community stressors) and disaster preparedness. Dr. Rowel is dedicated to developing tools to help emergency management and public health practitioners work more effectively with low-income and other vulnerable populations. A recent example is the "Guide to Enhance Grassroots Risk Communication Among Low-Income Populations."  He is also in the process of developing a course for FEMA's Emergency Management Institute concerning principles and best practices for working with faith-based organizations in emergency management.

Selected Publications

Rowel, R and Kid-Taylor, A (2008). Public Health Preparedness: Why Culture Matters Symposium Conference Proceedings. Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, Maryland.

James, X, Hawkins, A, and Rowel, R. (2007). An assessment of the cultural appropriateness of emergency preparedness communication for low- income minorities. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Manuscript 1266. The Berkley Electronic Press.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007) Association of Schools of Public Health and CDC Preparedness Education for Vulnerable Populations Collaboration: Educational Resources. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC/ASPH Vulnerable Population Work Group (In print)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007) Association of Schools of Public Health and CDC Preparedness Education for Vulnerable Populations. Collaboration: Group Resource Gaps. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC/ASPH Vulnerable Population Work Group (In print)

Bronner, Y; Hawkins A; Holt, M; Hossain, MB; Rowel, R; Sydnor, K; and Divers, S. (2006). Models for nutrition education to increase consumption of calcium and dairy products among African Americans. Journal of Nutrition; 136: 1103-1106.

Rowel, R; Dewberry-Moore, N; Nowrojee, S; Memiah, P; and Bronner, Y (2005). The utility of the environmental scan for public health practice: lessons from an urban program to increase cancer screening. National Journal of Medicine.

Rowel, R; Keter, F; Karigo, S; Rowel, K; Otieno, G et al. (2004). Exploring the feasibility of using language translation technology products for emergency medical services in Kiswahili-speaking nations of Africa. Conference Proceedings: Fourth International Conference on Preserving African Languages. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD.

Hutton, A and Rowel, R (2004). Indigenous learning: weaving the fabric of our histories for success. American Education Research Conference Proceedings, 2004: 45th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, June.

Davis, D; Uhl, G; Barrington, T; Rowel, R; Squiers, L; Sharp, K, et al. (2004). Analysis of a database of materials for HIV prevention program evaluation. Health Promotion Practice; 4(5).

Davis, D; Uhl, G; Barrington, T; Rowel, R; Squires, L; Sharp, K; and O'Brien, G. (2002). Gaps in technology transfer materials for HIV prevention program evaluation. AIDS Education and Prevention. 14 (Suppl A): 119-122.