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Michael J. Zakour, Ph.D.


Dr. Zakour has been a full-time social work educator and researcher for two decades. His curricular areas of expertise include organizations, nonprofit management, community practice, social policy, and research. He is currently principal investigator for the WVU research grant and sub-award “Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities,” funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In 2000, he edited Disaster and Traumatic Stress: Research and Intervention, published by Tulane University School of Social Work, New Orleans, LA. He has also published in such journals as Social Work ResearchJournal of Social Service ResearchSocial Work, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Tulane Studies in Social Welfare.


  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.A., Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame


  • Disaster Social Work
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Social Service Volunteers
  • Emergency Management
  • Resilient Communities


  • Vulnerability and Resiliency Theory
  • Disaster Mental Health
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems