Branda L Nowell PhD

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Professor

Biography

Dr. Branda Nowell, Professor, is an organizational-community psychologist specializing in inter-organizational relationships, social networks, and community capacity for multi-agent collaboration and coordination within complex problem domains. She teaches courses in network governance, organizational behavior, change management, organizational theory, and program evaluation. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she integrates community and organizational psychology with public management to better understand community-based networks of public and nonprofit agencies working in a common problem domain. She currently co-leads a research team (firechasers.ncsu.edu) focused on advancing the science of adaptive capacity toward more disaster resilient communities.  Since 2008, this team has worked in collaboration with the US Forest Service on research aimed to improve inter-agency coordination and communication during large scale wildfire events. Dr. Nowell’s research has received awards from both the APA Society for Community Action and Research as well as the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division. Her published work appears in the American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Evaluation and Program Planning, and Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

Funded Research

2015 North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for $82,350.  Principal Investigator. Innovative Approaches Initiative Year 2 Outcome Evaluation.

2014  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for $55,000.  Principal Investigator. Innovative Approaches Initiative Outcome Evaluation.

2012 National Science Foundation for $349,987.  Principal Investigator. A Pre/Post Disaster Investigation of the Effect of Network Capacities on Disaster Response                

2012 Joint Fire Science Program Innovative Social Science Award for $364, 385. Principal Investigator. Relational Risk Assessment and Management: Investigating Local Capacity in Wildfire Response Networks

2012  USDA USFS Award for $124,528.  Principal Investigator. Systematic Learning After a Wildfire: Development of a Post-Fire Research Framework and Protocol

2011  USDA  NIFA Award for $500,000 ($49,112 sub award to NCSU).  Co-Principal Investigator.  Community--‐Based Organizations, Social Networks, and Conservation: Strategies for Rural Economic Development in the West

2010  Fort Bragg BRAC Regional Task Force evaluation contract for $35,000.  Principal Investigator.  Evaluation of the BRAC RTF Comprehensive Regional Planning Process

2010  USDA/USFS for $39,814.  Co-Principal investigator. Implementation Factors that Affect Appropriate Management Response

2009  USDA/USFS for $55,172.  Co-principal investigator. The Interplay of AMR, Suppression Costs, Community Interaction, and Organizational Performance - A Multi-disciplinary Approach

2009 USDA/ National Forest Service award for $84,479. Co-principal investigator. Public Perceptions of Appropriate Management Response (AMR).

Extension and Community Engagement

2016 - present   NOAA Assessment of Evaluation System Capacity for is National Esturine and Costal Zone Management Programs

2014- present   North Carolina Transformation Zone Program Systems Change Evaluation

2014 - 2016   Systems Change Evaluation of North Carolina's Innovative Approaches Initiative

2009- present   FireChasers Initiative: Building a Science of Adaptive Capacity Toward Greater Community Resilience.  For more information see: www.firechasers.ncsu.edu

 

TOOLS

Nowell, B. and Steelman, T. (2014) Responder Network Performance.  A tool for systemically assessing incident response during a large scale wildfire.  Available for download at www.firechasers.ncsu.edu

Nowell, B. and Steelman, T. (2014) IMT Network Performance.  A tool for assessing the performance of incident management teams  in working effectively with local fire and disaster response operations. Available for download at www.firechasers.ncsu.edu

Nowell, B. and Steelman, T. (2014) Host Unit Network Performance.  A tool for assessing the performance of host agencies in brokering between incident management teams and local communities. Available for download at www.firechasers.ncsu.edu

Nowell, B. and Steelman, T (2014) Critical incident response networks.   A framework for conceptualizing incident response from a whole network perspective.  Available for download at www.firechasers.ncsu.edu

TRADE PUBLICATIONS

Steelman, T. B. Nowell, C. Fitzgerald, M. Hano. (2015) Social Watch Out Situations for Incident Management Teams.  Wildfire Magazine. JANUARY 26, 2015

Nowell, B. and Steelman, T. (2014) When help arrives: Is your community ready? Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network. Published July 22, 2014. http://facnetwork.org/help-arrives-community-ready/

Publications

Boyd, N.  and Nowell, B. (in press) Testing a Theory of Sense of Community and Community Responsibility in Organizations: An Empirical Assessment of Predictive Capacity on Employee Well-Being and Organizational Citizenship.  Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Community Psychology.

Nowell, B., Izod, A., Ngaruiya, K. and Boyd, N.  (in press). Public Service Motivation and Sense of Community Responsibility: Comparing Two Motivational Constructs in  Understanding Leadership within Community Collaboratives.  Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Nowell, B., & Steelman, T. (in press). Communication under Fire: The Role of Embeddedness in The Emergence and Efficacy of Disaster Response Communication Networks. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Faas, A.J.,  Velez, A.  FitzGerald, C., Nowell, B.  and Steelman, T. (in press). Patterns of Preference and Practice: Bridging Actors in Wildfire Response Networks in the American Northwest. Manuscript in press with Disasters.

Diaz, J. M., Steelman, T., & Nowell, B. (2016). Local Ecological Knowledge and Fire Management: What Does the Public Understand?. Journal of Forestry114(1), 58-65.

Godette, S.K.,Beratan, K. and Nowell, B. (2015). Barriers and facilitators of local food system development.  Journal of Food  Systems, Agriculture, and Community Development. 5(3), 79–96.

Lee, C., & Nowell, B. (2015). A framework for assessing the performance of nonprofit organizations. American Journal of Evaluation36(3), 299-319.

Boyd, N. & Nowell, B. (in press).  Sense of community in organizational settings:  A new construct for the field of management. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Management Inquiry.

Nowell, B., & Boyd, N. M. (2014). Sense of community responsibility in community collaboratives: Advancing a theory of community as resource and responsibility. American journal of community psychology54(3-4), 229-242.

Nowell, B., & Steelman, T. (in press). Communication under Fire: The Role of Embeddedness in The Emergence and Efficacy of Disaster Response Communication Networks. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

Nowell, B., & Boyd, N. M. (2014). Sense of community responsibility in community collaboratives: Advancing a theory of community as resource and responsibility. American journal of community psychology54(3-4), 229-242.

Education

  • PhD in Organizational-Community Psychology from Michigan State University, 2006