Areas of Expertise
Community-based research on natural hazards, community toxics, environmental disease, and urban sustainability.
Carl Maida is a professor of public health at UCLA School of Dentistry, where he teaches medical anthropology and scientific research ethics in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology. His research on how community-scale crises, including natural hazards, community toxics, and disease epidemics impact urban populations is the subject of a recent book, Pathways Through Crisis: Urban Risk and Public Culture (2008). At UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, he conducts studies of the impact of natural disaster on children, adolescents, and their families as a member of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and as a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute, among persons living with HIV. At UCLA Institute of the Environment, he teaches courses on action research in urban sustainability. He is a partner in a community-based participatory research project, Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program–Reducing Toxic Risks, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His recent book, Sustainability and Communities of Place (2007) explores sustainable development as a local practice, worldwide. He is a member of the UCLA Campus Sustainability Committee, and chairs its Academic Subcommittee. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Carl A. Maida, Norma S. Gordon, Alan Steinberg & Gail Gordon. “Psychosocial Impact of Disasters: Victims of the Baldwin Hills Fire,” Journal of Traumatic Stress 2:1, 37-48, 1989.
Norma S. Gordon, Carl A. Maida & Norman L. Farberow. The Immediate Community Response to Disaster: The East Bay Hills Fire, Report No. QR51, Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, CO, 1992.
Carl A. Maida, Norma S. Gordon & Gayle Strauss. “Child and Parent Reactions to the Los Angeles Area Whittier Narrows Earthquake,” Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 8:5, 421-436, 1993.
Norma S. Gordon, Carl A. Maida, Norman L. Farberow & Linda Fidell. Residential Loss and Displacement among Survivors of the 1993 Altadena Fire, Report No. QR 73, Natural Hazards Center, Boulder, CO, 1994.
Norma S. Gordon, Norman L. Farberow & Carl A. Maida. Children and Disasters (Series in Trauma and Loss). Routledge, Philadelphia, 1999.
John Schillinger, Sandra Donohue, W. Tim Dagodag, Carl A. Maida, Linda Fidell, Marlene Grossman, Liseth Romero-Martinez, Kristin Taday & Theresa Delgado. Effectiveness of Community Involvement in Pollution Prevention, California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center, Hayward, 2000.
Carl A. Maida. “Disaster, Civic Engagement, and Community-Building in Pacoima,” Proteus: A Journal of Ideas, 18:2, 21-28, Fall, 2001.
W. Tim Dagodag, John Schillinger, Carl A. Maida & Robert Chianese. Limits to Growth and Quality of Life in Oxnard, California, California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center, Hayward, 2001.
Carl A. Maida. Culture, Social Practices and Community Resilience, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Community Resilience Guidance Project, Atlanta, 2004.
Carl A. Maida. “Science, Schooling, and Experiential Learning in Pacoima,” Anthropology of Work Review 26: 2, 16-20, Fall, 2005.
Carl A. Maida, ed. Sustainability and Communities of Place (Series in Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology).Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, 2007.
Barbara Yablon Maida & Carl A. Maida. “Quality Of Life, Sustainability, and Urbanization of the Oxnard Plain, California,” in Sustainability and Communities of Place, Carl A. Maida, editor.Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, 2007.
Marlene Grossman, Carl A. Maida & Patricia Ochoa. Pacoima Lead Poisoning Prevention Community Project. A Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice, Washington, DC, 2007.
Marlene Grossman, Linda Fidell, Fernando Rejon & Carl A. Maida. Community Partnership – Understanding Toxic Risks, A Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest/Region IX, Environmental Justice Program, San Francisco, 2007.
Carl A. Maida. “Sustainability: Thinking and Designing a New World,” AAAS Pacific Division Newsletter, Number 50, January 2008.
Carl A. Maida. Pathways Through Crisis: Urban Risk and Public Culture. AltaMira Press, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD and New York, 2008.
Carl A. Maida. “Expert and Lay Knowledge in Pacoima: Anthropology and an Essential Tension in Community-Based Participatory Action Research,” Anthropology in Action (in press).
Carl A. Maida. “Crisis and Collective Memory: Kurt Lewin and the Understanding of Behavior in Extreme Situations,” in Perspectives on Kurt Lewin – to Year 2017, Fred Massarik, editor. Behavioral Science Research Associates Press, Los Angeles (in press).