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Shannon Doocy, PhD

Co-Director, Health in Crisis MPH Concentration

Associate Director for Research, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response

Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation(s):

International Health
Division: Health Systems

Center & Institute Affiliation(s):

Contact Information

Baltimore , Maryland


SciVal Experts Research Profile


PhD , Johns Hopkins University , 2004


Shannon Doocy's research focuses on populations affected by disasters and conflict, including both refugees and internally displaced populations. Within the emergency context, her areas of interest include population based assessments, mortality, nutrition and food security, livelihoods and cash interventions, and monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs.  Her research focuses on implementation science with the aim of informing humanitarian assistance and health programs and providing an evidence base for programs and policies in emergency and post-emergency settings.

Current research includes improving assessment methodologies in the post-disaster context; population based studies of mortality and injury in rapid onset natural disasters and complex emergencies; assessment of nutrition status and food security in internally displaced and refugee populations; and monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs with a focus on cash interventions, livelihoods, and food insecurity.  Recent research and projects have been implemented in collaboration with NGOs, UN agencies, and other academic institutions  in Lebanon, Jordan, Haiti, the Philippines, South Sudan, Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Teaching, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for course entitled ‘Food, Nutrition and Livelihoods in Complex Emergencies,’ 2013.

American Public Health Association International Section, award for outstanding research in conflict epidemiology in Iraq, 2007.

humanitarian assistance, disasters, conflict, complex emergencies, food security, nutrition, mortality, livelihoods, assessment, monitoring and evaluation

    Selected publications from the past five years with high impact factors (selected from a total of 66 peer reviewed publications).


    Doocy S, Cherewick M and Kirsch T. (2013). Mortality after the Haitian earthquake of 2010: A stratified cluster survey.  Population and Health Metrics 11(5), 25 Apr 2013 e-publication ahead of print, doi: 10.1186/1478-7954-11-5.




    Tappis H, Doocy S, Paul A and Funna S.  (2013). Food security and development in South Sudan: A call to action.  Journal of Public Health Nutrition 16(9):1631-6.  




    Doocy S, Sirois A, Biermann E, Tileva M, Storey JD, and Burnham G.  (2011). Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria.  Social Science and Medicine 72(2):273-82.




    Doocy S, Tappis H, Haskew C, Wilkinson C and Spiegel P. (2011). Performance of UNHCR Nutrition Programs in Post-Emergency Refugee Camps. Conflict and Health 5(1):23.


  • Ozcelik O, Gorokhovich Y, Doocy S. (2010). Storm surge modeling with Geographic Information Systems: Estimating areas and population affected by Cyclone Nargis.  International Journal of Climatology 2013; 32(1):95-107. December 9 2010, e-publication ahead of print.