Courtney Thompson


Dr. Thompson’s research in human-environment interactions examines relationships between social systems and natural hazard impacts using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, including GIS, survey analysis, and spatial statistics. Past research projects have included emergency management and hazard response assessments, hazard probability and potential hazards impact on public health, affordable housing, and hazmat-specific planning. Her current research examines how multiscalar indicators influence vulnerability using spatial, multilevel statistical models. Other current research projects are focused on identifying and quantifying the impact of risk perception and agency indicators on community vulnerability through the statistical analysis of survey data to enhance community scale hazard mitigation assessments with non-traditional vulnerability indicators.

Selected Publications

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*Swienton, H., Thompson, C. M., *Billman, M., Bowlick, F., Goldberg, D., Klein, A., Horney, J., & Hammond, T. (In press). Morbidity and mortality of Texas tornado outbreaks. The Professional Geographer. (accepted 11/12/2020).

Sansom, G. Aarvig, K. Sansom, L. Thompson, C. M., Fawkes, L., & L. Katare, A. (In press). Understanding Risk Communication and Willingness to Follow Emergency Recommendations Following Anthropogenic Disasters. Journal of Environmental Justice: Special Issue: Hurricanes, Man-Made Disasters, and Environmental Injustice in the Gulf Coast. (accepted 11/10/2020)

Thompson, C.M. & Dezzani, R.J. (2020). Examining relationships between traditional vulnerability data proxies and hurricane risk perception indicators. Journal of Risk Research. doi:

*Karaye, I.M., Thompson, C., Perez‐Patron, M., Taylor, N. and Horney, J.A. (2020), Estimating Evacuation Shelter Deficits in the Houston–Galveston Metropolitan Area. Risk Analysis. doi:10.1111/risa.13448

Thompson, C. M., Dezzani, R. J., & Radil, S.M. (2019). Modeling multiscalar influences on natural hazards vulnerability: a case study of coastal hazards in Sarasota County, Florida. GeoJournal. doi:

*Karaye, I. M., Ross, A. D., Perez-Patron, M., Thompson, C. M., Taylor, N., & Horney, J. A. (2019). Factors associated with self-reported mental health of residents exposed to Hurricane Harvey. Progress in Disaster Science, 2, 100016, doi: .

*Karaye, I., Thompson, C. M., Horney, J. A. (2019). Evacuation shelter deficits for socially vulnerable Texas residents during Hurricane Harvey. Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology. doi:

Thompson, C. M., Frazier, T. G. & Vachon, M. (2016). Opportunities and constraints to rural HAZMAT risk reduction. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 13(1), 51–75.

Frazier, T. G., Thompson, C. M., & Dezzani, R. J. (2014). A framework for the development of the SERV model: A Spatially Explicit Resilience-Vulnerability model. Applied Geography, 51(3), 158-172.

Thompson, C. M., & Frazier, T. G. (2014). Deterministic and probabilistic flood modeling for contemporary and future coastal and inland precipitation inundation. Applied Geography, 50(0), 1-14.

Frazier, T. G., Thompson, C. M., Dezzani, R. J., & Butsick, D. (2013). Spatial and temporal quantification of resilience at the community scale. Applied Geography, 42(0), 95-107.

Frazier, T. G., Walker, M. H., Kumari, A., & Thompson, C. M. (2013). Opportunities and constraints to hazard mitigation planning. Applied Geography. 40(0), 52-60.

Frazier, T. G., Thompson, C. M., & Dezzani, R. J. (2013). Development of a spatially explicit vulnerability–resilience model for community level hazard mitigation enhancement. Disaster Management and Human Health Risk III.(Ed. CA Brebbia). 13-24.

Frazier, T. & Thompson, C. M. (2013). Coastal planning policies in developed countries. In Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. Ed. Brian Black. Vol. 1. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Ph.D. Geography, University of Idaho, 2017

M.S. Geography, University of Idaho, 2012

B.S. Geography, New Mexico State University, 2010

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