Sherri Brokopp Binder, PhD

Sherri Brokopp Binder is the lead researcher and president of BrokoppBinder Research & Consulting. She holds a PhD in Community and Cultural Psychology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research is focused on community resilience and disaster recovery, and includes qualitative and mixed-methods studies on the 2009 South Pacific tsunami in American Sāmoa, Hurricane Sandy, the Moore, OK tornadoes, and Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Binder is an affiliate researcher with the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events at Oklahoma State University and co-founder of the Collaborative for the Social Dimensions of Disasters, a collaborative network of social scientists that helps communities and organizations prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impacts of disasters.

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Rose Bender, Research Assistant

Rose received her B.A. from Messiah College in Behavioral Sciences along with a Social Studies Certification. Rose also attained an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary. As far as research goes, she enjoys field work the most–especially listening and recording participant stories.  She has been a part of Sherri’s team since March 2016.




Bethann Kulp, Research Assistant

Bethann graduated from Kutztown University in 2016 obtaining a degree in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology and a minor in sociology. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative research. Previously, Bethann has conducted research on the emotion of disgust and socioeconomic status. She has been working as part of this team since January 2017.


Alexis Thiel, Research Assistant

Alexis received her B.S. in Mathematics from Moravian College. She has been working as a part of Sherri’s team since June 2017. Alexis’ background in mathematics and computer science allows her to assist with the team with various statistical analyses. Previously, she has conducted research in the field of graph theory as well as other areas of mathematics.