What is the Center for Pandemic, Disaster, and Quarantine Research?

The St. Thomas University Center for Pandemic, Disaster, and Quarantine Research (PDQ) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between St. Thomas School of Law and  STU Gus Machado College of Business and two of its institutes: the Victor and Lisa Mendelson Institute for Data Science & Analytics and the Institute for Ethical Leadership. Drawing on the expertise of Dr. Jose Rocha, Dr. Sean Mondesire, Dr. Anthony Andenoro, and STU School of Law faculty, the Center will serve as a repository and expert source on the impacts of pandemics and disasters in each of the relevant disciplines.

The mission of the PDQ at STU is to serve as the world’s central source for modeling and predicting how institutions, companies, cities, counties, states, and nations can better prepare and understand the far-reaching effects of these issues on our communities.

PDQ at STU will measure, track and analyze the long-term influence of disasters and pandemics on business practices, ethical decision-making, consumer behaviors, crime, societal norms and biases, climate, law, health, government, international relations, and the economy.  In addition, the Center will form data-sharing partnerships and will seek to conduct research in collaboration with companies, institutions, and government to aid in prevention, mitigation, and recovery.

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PDQ Center Leadership

Oliver G. Gilbert III

Oliver G. Gilbert III
Executive Director

Todd Clarke, J.D.

Todd J. Clarke, J.D.
Co-Chair

Jose Rocha, PhD

Jose Rocha, PhD.
Co-Chair

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