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Shannon Doocy, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8132
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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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 programming and providing an evidence base for programs and policies in emergency and post-emergency settings.

Her research includes improving assessment methodologies in the post-disaster settings and urban refugee contexts; population based studies of mortality and injury in rapid onset natural disasters and conflict; 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 a variety of countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Haiti.

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
  • refugees
  • displaced populations
  • food security
  • nutrition
  • livelihoods
  • mortality
  • assessment
  • monitoring and evaluation

Selected from 70 peer reviewed publications

  • Doocy S, Lyles E, Roberton T, Akhu-Zaheya L, Oweis A and Burnham G.  Prevalence and care-seeking for chornic diseases among Syrian refugees in Jordan.  BMC Public Health 2015 Oct 31;15(1):1097. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2429-3. Full Text
  • Doocy S, Tappis H, Paul A, Klemm R and Funna  S.  Preventing malnutrition in children under two (PM2A): a case study in the food insecure context of South Sudan.  World Health and Population2013; 14(4)12-22.  Abstract
  • Doocy S, Cherewick M and Kirsh T.  Mortality after the Haitian earthquake of 2010: A stratified cluster sruvey. Conflict and Health 2013 Apr 25; 11(1):5. doi: 10.1186/1478-7954-11-5. Full Text
  • Doocy S, Sirois A, Biermann E, Tileva M, Storey JD, and Burnham G.   Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria.  Social Science and Medicine 2011 72(2):273-82.  Abstract
  • Doocy S, Tappis H, Haskew C and Spiegel P. Performance of UNHCR Nutrition Programs in Post-Emergency Refugee Camps. Conflict and Health 2011 Oct 26;5(1):23. doi: 10.1186/1752-1505-5-23. Full Text
  • Development of a MICS Post-Emergency Module
  • Differential Pricing of Medicines in Ghana and the Philippines
  • Evaluation of US Food Assistance Programming in DR Congo
  • NCD Guidelines and mHealth Records for Refugees in Lebanon
  • Point of Use Water Treatment for Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition in Pakistan
  • Syria Humanitarian Needs Assessment