Fernando I. Rivera, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has established an ongoing research program in the fields of medical sociology/sociology of health, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of disasters. In the area of health, he has studied the differential patterns of health among Puerto Ricans in the United States by analyzing different social indicators such as: perceived discrimination, residential segregation, and socioeconomic status and their impact on Puerto Rican health. In the area of race and ethnicity, he has studied racial relations among college students, the process of incorporation of Puerto Ricans to Central Florida, and several aspects of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the US including, health disparities, culture, and discrimination, among others. For the study of disasters, his work has emphasized on disaster resiliency and the importance of social and economic indicators in promoting resilience to the process of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to disasters. He has expanded his disaster resilience work, particularly as it relates to community resilience, to the study of restoration and resilience for an on-going National Science Foundation research grant.
Sociology of Health/Medical Sociology
Race and Ethnicity
Dr. Rivera was the recipient of the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award for the Florida Education Fund. Recently he was awarded a Teaching Incentive Award (TIP) for teaching excellence from the University of Central Florida. He has also served as Faculty-in-Residence for the McNair Scholar’s Program and as faculty advisor for UCF’s Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP). He also served on the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program Panel Advisory Board. In addition, he has participated in several doctoral, master, and Honors-in-the-Major theses as committee member and supervisor.
American Sociological Association
Sociology of Mental Health Section Newsletter Editor (2004-2008)
Arrangements Committee, Section on Latino/a Sociology (2005)
Council Member, Section on Latino/a Sociology (2009-2011)
Minority Fellowship Program Panel Advisory Member (2011-2013)
Norma Williams Mentoring Workshop Committee and Local Arraignments Committee, Section
on Latino/a Sociology (2011)
Member-Federal Statistics Working Group (2017-present)
Minority Fellowship Program Panel Advisory Member (2015-2017)
Section Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Early Career Award Committee (2018)
Section of Latino/a Sociology-Best Article Award Committee (2017)
Section of Latino/a Sociology-Book Award Committee (2015)
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee Member (2013-2014)
Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee Chair-Elect (2014-2015)
Member-Board of Directors (2017-2019)
Chair-Society and Mental Health Division (2017-2019)
Southern Sociological Society
Program committee member for the 2018 Annual Meeting
Media Coverage-Expert Commentary
Interview with Matt Galloway, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, Metro Morning Show, CBC Radio One 99.1FM for Toronto, Canada.
Interview with Lisa Laco, September 27, 2017.”Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, CBC Radio Morning Show for Thunderbay, Canada.
Interview with Craig Norris, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, CBC KW891 Morning Show for Kichener-Waterloo, Canada.
Interview with Tony Doucette, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, CBC 97.5FM Morning Show for Windsor, Canada.
Interview with Loren McGinnis, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, The Trailbreaker Morning Show, CBC North Radio One.
Interview with David Gray and Angela Knight, September 27, 2017. “”Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, Calgary Eyeopener Morning Show, CBC Radio One for Calgary, Alberta.
Interview with Gregor Craigie, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, On the Island Morning Show, CBC 90.5FM for Victoria, British Colombia.
Interview with Leisha Grebinski, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation”, Saskatoon Morning Show, CBC 94.1FM for Saskatoon, Canada.
Interview with Sheila Coles, September 27, 2017. “Scramble to Get Disaster Relief to Puerto Rico in the Midst of Epic Devastation” The Morning Edition Morning Show, CBC Radio One for Saskatchewan, Canada.
Puerto Ricans in Florida
Interview with Nadeen Yanes, May 30, 2018. “DNC national chairman rallies for Puerto Rican votes during midterm election. UCF professor studying economic, political impact of Puerto Ricans in Florida”. WKMG News 6, Orlando, Florida.
Media Coverage of Academic Work
SYO 4400H – Honors Medical Sociology – Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-12:50 – Main Campus
Not teaching summer B courses
By appointment only
Hannah Torres, Ph.D., came to UCF from the University of South Florida to take part in an exciting and meaningful research project. She completed her doctoral degree in geography and environmental science and p... Read more
By Zenaida Kotala A group of conservation biologists and a non-profit agency that advocates for individuals with special needs are partnering to help keep local waterways healthy. UCF Biologist Linda Walters, w... Read more
Eight University of Central Florida College of Sciences faculty were inducted into the Scroll and Quill Society on April 13, 2017. The society honors faculty members who have brought positive national and/or in... Read more
The University of Central Florida was well represented at a recent workshop held at the Orange County Commission Chamber on Feb. 3, 2017. UCF Associate Professor of sociology, Fernando Rivera, Ph.D., along with... Read more