Linda Bourque, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and an associate director of both the
Center for Public Health and Disasters and the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center in the UCLA School of Public Health. Trained as a sociologist, she teaches courses on research design with an emphasis on the design, data processing, and data analysis of questionnaires and community-based surveys. Her research during the last twenty years has focused on community response to disasters. A public
website contains all of the raw data, codebooks, questionnaires, publications and related material from surveys conducted on California earthquakes since 1971 by Leo Reeder, Ralph Turner, Dennis Mileti and Linda Bourque. Current research includes the National Survey of Disaster Experiences and Preparedness (NSDEP), and the California Survey of Earthquake Preparedness.
Funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation, NSDEP examines the factors that predict disaster preparedness and risk avoidant behavior, with an emphasis on terrorism. A stratified sample of 3,300 households was selected using random digit dialing: 1,000 households were selected for interview in areas considered at high risk of terrorism (Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles County), and 2,300 households were selected for interview throughout the rest of the continental United States. Respondents were asked whether they had invested in six preparedness behaviors and seven risk avoidant behaviors either because of terrorism, natural disasters, other reasons, or any combination of the three. NSDEP reports and other documentation are available
Bourque LB, Shoaf KI, Nguyen NH. Survey Research.
International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
1997; 15:71-101; reprinted as Chapter 6, pp.
157-193, in RA Stallings, Editor, Methods of Disaster
Research, International Research Committee on
Disasters, Xlibris Corporation, 2002.
Nguyen LH, Shen H, Ershoff D, Afifi AA, Bourque LB.
Exploring the Causal Relationship between Exposure to
the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and Pre- and
Post-Earthquake Preparedness Activities. Earthquake
Spectra 2006; 22:569-587.
Bourque LB, Fielder EP. How to Conduct
Self-Administered and Mail Surveys. 2nd
Edition. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.
Bourque LB, Fielder EP. How to Conduct Telephone
Surveys. 2nd Edition. Newbury Park, CA:
Sage publications, 2003.
Bourque LB, Siegel JM, Kano M, Wood MM. Weathering the
Storm: the Impact of Hurricanes on Physical and Mental
Health. ANNALS, American Academy of Political and
Social Sciences 2006; 604:129-151.
Bourque LB, Siegel JM, Kano M, Wood MM. Morbidity and
Mortality Associated with Disasters. In H Rodriguez, R
Dynes, E Quarantelli, Editors, Handbook of Disaster
Research. Springer 2006.