Dr. Laura Myers

Dr. Myers joined The University of Alabama and the Center for Advanced Public Safety in 2013 having previously served as research faculty at Mississippi State University, Clemson University and Sam Houston State University. She has extensive experience in emergency management and criminal justice research. Read more about Dr. Laura Myers

In The News: Many Alabamians can’t find themselves on a map, and that’s dangerous

Part of the problem could be simply the maps themselves, according to Dr. Laura Myers, a senior research scientist and the director the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama who has also been studying the issue. “When you look at a map, a lot of times they just… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBHM-FM, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia), WTVA-NBC (Tupelo, Mississippi), The Times Daily (Florence)

In The News: Hurricane season 2016 predictions: Will the hurricane ‘drought’ end for US?: Dr. Laura Myers with CAPS says optimism bias may affect attitudes toward storms

Could this be the year? The year the “hurricane drought”€ ends for the U.S.? The year the double red flags are dusted off, the plywood hammered over the windows and the evacuation routes clogged? Hurricane season begins Wednesday. It has been more than a decade since a major hurricane (Category… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Protecting Your Family: UA researchers say have multiple ways to get warnings

A recent study of about 3,000 people from Alabama and Mississippi took a look at how things unfolded on April 27. There was some concern about the number of fatalities across the state. Meteorologists teamed up with the National Weather Service and The University of Alabama for answers. Dr. Laura… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6

In The News: Univ. of Alabama says virtual reality therapy could help with storm anxiety

Five years after one of the deadliest tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama, people are still dealing with the emotional and physical effects. “A large number of people still have a low level anxiety with it,” Dr. Laura Myers, Executive Director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 12, WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Tornado survivors stand together 5 years later: CAPS research mentioned in article

In April five years ago, walls came down. Fences fell, splintered and sprawled. Canopied urban forests blew away in jagged moments; even trees sunk deep in ravines snapped. Growth-marks carved on a wall, names in family Bibles, photographs where memories were stored for safe-keeping, were lost. Our sky opened, and… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: 2011 Tornadoes: New Research, Old Problems: Dr. Laura Myers from CAPS featured

During severe weather, most people get their forecasts and weather information from TV meteorologists like ABC 33/40’s James Spann. But those forecasts start far earlier. It’s a beautiful spring day in Huntsville now. But a group of forecasters and other scientists are laser focused on what’s coming tomorrow. All their… Read more

Sources: Alabama Public Radio

In The News: Alabama will be hub of scientific study of Southern tornadoes

About 40 scientists from around the nation are expected to participate in “VORTEX Southeast,” an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South, weather researchers say. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will include mobile radars, drones and other… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Opelika-Auburn News, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Savannah Morning News, Pittsburgh Tribune

In The News: Researchers develop virtual reality system to treat severe weather anxiety, phobias

Just over four years ago on April 27, 2011, Alabama experienced one of its worst tornado outbreaks on record.  In all, 62 tornadoes and 252 deaths were recorded across the state. Many of the physical scars from that day have begun to heal over time, but the unseen psychological and… Read more

Sources: WHNT 19