Dr. Malaika Samples
Dr. Malaika Samples is a Program Coordinator with the Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP). She also serves as an adjunct instructor with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS) Program. She has a master’s in Public Administration and a doctorate in Education Policy and Evaluation focused on emergency management education. Recent research projects at the Center include studies on the implementation of evidence-based emergency management professional competencies to inform instructional practice, comparative studies on informal settlers in disaster-prone urban areas in the Global South to inform governmental decisions on relocation, and the intergovernmental management of American repatriates from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
As part of the CDRP exercise design team, her work has largely focused on the design and implementation of emergency management exercises within Florida. She has served as project lead, exercise controller, inject designer, and evaluator. Dr. Samples’ responsibilities have ranged from managing project conferences and deliverables to writing exercise documents according to according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HSEEP standards. Her involvement in projects for past local and state government clients include the Osceola County Office of Emergency Management’s Good Luck Charley Hurricane Exercise, the Osceola Contagion Exercise, the Florida Governor’s Cyber Sunset Tabletop Exercise, and the Florida Department of Health’s Turbulent Tide Exercise.Faculty and Staff