Jennifer Tobin

Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science

IBS Associations:

Deputy Administrator
Institute of Behavioral Science Room 258
University of Colorado Boulder
483 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0483


Skills and Expertise:

Disasters, Children and Youth, Gender, Qualitative Methods, Community Resilience

Brief Biography:

Jennifer Tobin is Deputy Administrator at the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her bachelor's in sociology and women’s studies in 2005 and master's in sociology in 2008. Her master’s thesis research drew on qualitative interviews with local disaster recovery workers and single mothers who were displaced to Colorado after Hurricane Katrina. Tobin is the recipient of the 2014 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship. She has been involved in a wide range of funded research projects, including an examination of children's experiences following Hurricane Katrina, a Global Earthquake Model Foundation project on global disaster risk reduction, the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience project which used creative, arts-based methods to explore disaster recovery from the perspectives of youth, SHOREline–a youth empowerment program established in high schools along the gulf coast following Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill, and the Sandy Child and Family Health Study, which focuses on the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on the health and well-being of children and adults. Currently, Tobin is collaborating on a National Institute of Standards and Technology funded project for the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning. Tobin is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Colorado State University and her dissertation research focuses on school continuity following the 2013 floods in northern Colorado.