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Katherine Footer, MSc

  • Assistant Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 161
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2010
LLB, University of Warwick, 2003


Katherine is a Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Barrister at law in England and Wales. Her focus is on the intersection of public health, human rights, and social justice with a specific focus on improving the health of cis and trans female sex workers, and other marginalized populations. Her research on sex workers is focused on harm reduction, HIV prevention, and understanding the structural drivers for HIV risk. She is presently overseeing the first known cohort study of sex workers in the United States setting, alongside Dr. Susan Sherman here in Baltimore City. Her international work also includes advancing protection of health facilities, patients, and health workers in situations of conflict.

Honors and Awards

2003 - Blackstone Award for Academic Excellence 

  • HIV, sex workers, sexual health, human rights, structural risk and interventions, LGBT health, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences

Selected publications

  • Footer, Katherine H.A et al. "On the frontline of eastern Burma's chronic conflict–Listening to the voices of local health workers." Social Science & Medicine 120 (2014): 378-386.
  • Sherman, Susan G., Footer, Katherine H.A et al. "“What makes you think you have special privileges because you are a police officer?” A qualitative exploration of police's role in the risk environment of female sex workers." AIDS care 27.4 (2015): 473-480.
  • Footer, Katherine H.A et al. "A human rights approach to health care in conflict." International Review of the Red Cross 95.889 (2013): 167-187.G. Sherman, Katherine Footer, Samantha Illangasekare, Erin Clark, Erin Pearson & Michele R.
  • Footer, Katherine H.A., et al. "Measurement of attacks and interferences with health care in conflict: validation of an incident reporting tool for attacks on and interferences with health care in eastern Burma." Conflict and health 8.1 (2014): 1.