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Fernando I. Rivera, PhD, is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida.  His research interests and activities fall under staple areas of sociology, primarily the sociology of health/medical sociology, disasters, and race and ethnicity. In the area of health, his published work has investigated how different mechanisms are related to certain health and mental health outcomes with a particular emphasis on Latino populations.  His disaster research has explored the investigation of factors associated with disaster resilience, particularly in rural communities. In the area of race and ethnicity he has investigated the effects of segregation and perceived discrimination on the health of Latino populations. Dr. Rivera has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture for his disaster research. In addition, he participated in the Research Education in Disaster Mental Health training fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health and Dartmouth University. He is also the editor of Disaster Resilience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2013, with Kacupu and Hawkins). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. He also completed a NIMH sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for health, health care policy, and aging research at Rutgers-the state university of New Jersey.


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.

Professional Service

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)

Society for the Study of Social Problems

Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee Member (2013-2014)

Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee Chair-Elect (2014-2015)

Summer 2018

Summer A

SYO 4400H – Honors Medical Sociology – Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-12:50 – Main Campus

Summer B

Not teaching summer B courses

Summer 2018

By appointment only

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