Rochelle Brittingham, Ph.d.


Dr. Rochelle Brittingham is an Adjunct Faculty member in the MSEM program and an Associate Scientist at the University of Delaware’s Center for Drug & Health Studies. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Millersville University, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Her areas of specialization are disasters, vulnerable populations, household evacuation and sheltering decision making, and emergency management policies. 

Dr. Brittingham currently serves as the PI or Co-PI on a number of youth risk surveys including those for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Brittingham was the co-PI on the Assessment of Human Trafficking Victims project, the first of its kind in Delaware to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking in the state, as well as The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities in Delaware project. 

She was the Planning Coordinator through the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies as an emergency management subject matter expert (SME). She provided SME on hazard mitigation projects, planning scenarios, and functional exercises to the Division of Public Health. Prior to joining the CDHS team, Dr. Brittingham worked as a county Health and Human Services Planning Coordinator, developing plans with individuals and populations with disabilities and AFN. In this position, she oversaw project statuses, deliverables, and budgetary requirements to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.  

Dr. Brittingham teaches: 

EMGT 605: Social Dimensions of Disaster