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Emergency Events: Natural Disasters and Emerging Diseases Interrupt Business Continuity and Requiring Scientifically-Sound Response to Reassure Clients and Staff

Technical Consultant #2515



Over 20 years of experience leading interdisciplinary teams across multiple sectors (private, public, higher education) on issues related to public health preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters, with a focus on mitigating health impacts through scientific research, workforce development, and community engagement. Highly responsive problem solver accustomed to working under conditions of high uncertainty.

  • Training rapid response teams to respond to emerging pathogens in the U.S. and globally.
  • Field epidemiology methods used in outbreak investigations.
  • Planning and preparing for disasters and complex emergencies and their impacts.
  • Pandemic influenza and Continuity of Operations planning.
  • Measuring the health impacts of disasters, including impacts on healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems.
  • Quantifying the pace and quality of post-disaster recovery.
  • Assessing risks related to placement of assets, disaster damages, and continuity of operations.
  • Collection, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER).


Undisclosed University, Professor and Founding Director, Present

  • Founding Director of newest academic program in the University’s College of Health Sciences
  • Responsible for all aspects of program development, including regulatory, personnel, budgeting
  • Member of the Core Faculty, Disaster Research Center

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Associate Professor and Department Head, 2014 - 2018                      

  • Program Lead, Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program, Texas OneGulf Center of Excellece
  • Lead, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Health and Environment Program
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty in Toxicology and Lead for Community Engagement, Superfund Research Program
  • Fellow, Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2003 - 2013

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, 2009 - 2013            

  • Responsible for managing global, federal, and state grants and contracts of more than $30 million
  • Member of the Faculty Advisory Committee, Institute for the Environment

Director of Research and Evaluation, NC Institute for Public Health2009 - 2013

Associate Director, Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, 2008 - 2013

Deputy Director, NC Center for Public Health Preparedness, 2003 - 2013


Texas A&M

  • Instructor for Epidemiologic Methods I (PHEB)
  • Instructor for Methods in Field Epidemiology (PHEB)
  • Instructor for MPH / DrPH Practicum (PHEB

UNC -Chapel Hill

  • Co-instructor for Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (EPID) 
  • Co-instructor for Methods in Field Epidemiology (EPID)

University of Delaware

  • Instructor for Epide
  • miologic Methods I (EPID)
  • Instructor for Methods in Field Epidemiology (EPID)
  • Instructor for MPH Practicum (HLTH)

Honors & Publications


  • CASPER and Rapid Needs Assessment using Global Positioning and Geographic Information Systems
  • Proficient in SAS and EpiInfo
  • Familiarity with STATA and Sigma Plot
  • Extensive international work in developing countries in Asia, Central America and the Western Pacific
  • Proficient in Course Management Systems, including Canvas, Sakai, Blackboard, WebCT and Moodle
  • Certification in DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) and SCID (Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Development) from the Center of Education and Training at Ohio State University


  • Proficient in Spanish

Academic and Professional Affiliations 

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Planning Committee on Exploring Best Practices in Integration of Public Health and Human Services Service Delivery and Assessment Following Large Scale Disasters
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Preparedness and Response, Board of Scientific Counselors
  • American Public Health Association, Publications Board
  • American College of Epidemiology

Doctoral Advisees (University of Delaware)

  • Abby Health (Epidemiology) -  Chair
  • Colton Strickland (Epidemiology) -  Chair
  • Hadi A.L. Ruwaithi (Disaster Science & Management) 
  • Awele Maduka Ezeh (Disaster Science & Management) 
  • Francisco Sarmiento (Disaster Science & Management) 
  • Ngozi Dom-Chima (Medical and Molecular Science)

Expert Committees - National

  • Member, National Institute of Environmental  Health Sciences, Disaster Research Response (DR2) Working Group
  • Member, American Geophysical Union Geohealth Section Early Career Development Committee
  • Member, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Maternal an d Child Health Emergency Preparedness
  •  Epidemiology Capacity Assessment Workgroup
  • Member, CDC Foundation and National Network of Public Health Institutes, Hurricane Response  Coordinating Committee
  • Member, National Science Foundation, Scoping Workshop on Coastlines and People (CoPe)
  • Member, ESRI Workgroup on Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response
  • Member, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Council on Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy


  • Member, Planning Committee, SeaGrant Oil Spill Science Health Summit
  • Member, National Science Foundation, Interdisciplinary Methods of Disaster Research
  • Panelist, National Academy of Sciences , Coastal Community Resilience
  • Member, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Science Advisory Guide for Emergencies  (SAGE)
  • Member, National Institute of Environmental  Health Sciences,  Best Practices Working Group for the Development of Special Considerations for IRB Review of Disaster and Emergency Related Public Health Research
  • Member Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Preparedness and Response and Health Studies Branch, Development of a Disaster Epidemiology Online Course for Academia
  • Member, National Health Security Preparedness Index Model Design Workgroup, Robert Wood

Johnson Foundation

  • Panelist, National Academy of Sciences GULF Research Program, Community Resilience and
  • Health,, (Workshop Report, Opportunities for the Gulf Research Program: Community Resilience and Health; The gulf—research-program-community-resilience-and-health)
  • Member, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Public Health Emergency

Preparedness Subcommittee

  • Member, Working Group on Emergency Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Reproductive Health
  • Member, CDC Disaster Epidemiology Community  of Practice Committee
  • Member, CDC Public Health Advisory group for public health response to Deepwater Horizon oil


  • Member, Disaster Epidemiology Committee, CSTE
  • Co-Chair, CDC Centers for Public Health Preparedness exemplar group in distance education

Disaster Response

  • Delphi Participant, Exploration of the Diverse Opinions around the Long-Term Impacts of
  • Flooding on Health, Poverty, and Inequity in Houston
  • Reviewer, Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning (RAMP) Tool, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Los Angeles County
  • Member and Session Convener, State of the Gulf of Mexico One Gulf Summit
  • Reviewer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reproductive Health in Emergency
  • Preparedness and Response online course
  • Principal Investigator, North Carolina post-Irene risk perception and evacuation assessment
  • Supervisor and Volunteer, Mississippi post -Katrina health status assessment and service project
  • Supervisor and Volunteer, NC Division of Public Health rapid needs assessment after Hurricane
  • Wilma, Broward and Hendry County, FL
  • Supervisor and Volunteer, NC Division of Public Health rapid needs assessment after Hurricane Isabel, NC


  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M
  • Team Epi Aid Service Award, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • IMPACT Award, for research that provides benefit to the citizens of North Carolina
  • Service in Action Award, for contribution to community preparedness and disaster management
  • Office of the Provost, Carolina Center for Public Service Award

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of peer reviewed medical journals, periodicals, grants, text books, and presentations.


  • Ph.D.          Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • M.P.H.        Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • B.S.            Economics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
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