Dr. Laura Myers holds a doctorate in criminology from Florida State University, and her research, publication and training areas include disaster management and planning, weather enterprise application research, criminal justice education, criminal courts, criminal justice ethics, criminal justice administration, and cultural diversity. Dr. Myers has received over $600,000 in Department of Homeland Security grants to develop and create a model for regional emergency planning, with emphasis on the social science aspects of partnership planning between the National Weather Service and their weather enterprise partners including emergency management, broadcast meteorology, and end-users of their products.
Through these grants, Dr. Myers works with the National Weather Service providing social science research for severe weather warning improvement and risk communication projects. Dr. Myers also has been awarded over a million dollars in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants to develop and implement an electronic citation system for law enforcement in Mississippi. Dr. Myers is a Research Scientist with the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama and a Research Professor with the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.