Robert F. Abbey, Associate Professor
Areas of expertise: quantitative analysis, organizational theory and behavior, public policy, program evaluation, research methods and the prediction of hazard and risk probabilities of natural disasters. He is actively engaged in the application of dimensional and metaphorical analyses to understand organizations and their culture.
Dr. Abbey served for 30 years in the federal government, first as Director of Meteorology research for the Nuclear Regulatory commission (originally the Atomic Energy Commission) from 1972-1983, then in a similar position with the Office of Naval Research from 1983-2002. He has authored over 80 publications and several book chapters, primarily on application of extreme value theory to natural phenomena. He is a member of two national standards committees and is actively engaged with Sage, McGraw-Hill and Taylor & Francis concerning applied statistics and quantitative analysis in public administration. He is a consultant to Hyatt Hotels, Time-Life, the Weather Channel, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Abbey currently is an adjunct professor of graduate quantitative analysis and research methods at American University and has taught in the graduate programs at the University of Southern California, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He received a doctorate and master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California and in atmospheric sciences from Colorado State University, a masters in American history from the University of Oregon, and a bachelors in nuclear physics and American history from the University of Oregon.
Last Updated: 09/08/2015