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Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD

  • Visiting Senior Scientist

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621 E. Pratt Street
Suite 210
Baltimore, Maryland 21202


Biography - Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1992


Dr. Schoch-Spana, a medical anthropologist, is a Senior Scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Areas of expertise include community resilience to disaster, public engagement in policymaking, crisis and risk communication, and public health emergency preparedness.

Her principal goal is to work to influence policy and practice in ways that reduce human suffering and social disruption in the case of epidemics and disaster. To that end, she has sought to:

• Reframe the management of public health emergencies to surpass strictly technical and biomedical matters and to include social, civic, and ethical-moral dimensions

• Conduct and translate research that has real-world implications for strengthening disaster readiness, response, and recovery as well as community resilience

• Inform emergency planning and operations to be behaviorally realistic and mindful of the power of citizens and civil society to help manage extreme events

Since 1998, Dr. Schoch-Spana has briefed federal, state, and local officials, as well as medical, public health, and public safety professionals, on critical issues in health security. National advisory roles include currently serving on the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the NASEM Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during Large-Scale Emergency Events.

  • Disasters
  • Epidemics
  • Public Health Emergencies
  • Health Security
  • Community Resilience
  • Community Engagement
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Public Policy
  • Crisis Communication
  • Risk Communication
  • Qualitative Research

Most Recent Publications - Community Engagement in Preparedness Policymaking

  • Daugherty Biddison EL, Faden R, Gwon HS, Mareiniss DP, Regenberg AC, Schoch-Spana M, Schwartz J, Toner ES. Too many patients…A framework to guide statewide allocation of scarce mechanical ventilation during disasters. Chest. 2018 Oct 11. pii: S0012-3692(18)32565-0. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.09.025. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Schoch-Spana M, Brunson E, Chandler H, Gronvall GK, Ravi S, Sell TK, Shearer MP. Recommendations on how to manage anticipated communication dilemmas involving medical countermeasures in an emergency. Public Health Reports 2018;133(4):366-379. First published online: May 30, 2018;
  • Schoch-Spana M, Nuzzo J, Ravi S, Biesiadecki L, Mwaungulu G. The local health department mandate and capacity for community engagement in emergency preparedness: A national view over time. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2017 Dec 27. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000680. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Schoch-Spana M, Ravi S, Meyer D, Biesiadecki L, Mwaungulu G. High performing local health departments relate their experiences at community engagement in emergency preparedness. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2017 Oct 27. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000685. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Daugherty Biddison EL, Gwon HS, Schoch-Spana M, Regenberg AC, Juliano C, Faden RR, Toner ES. Scarce resource allocation during disasters: A mixed-method community engagement study. CHEST Journal. 2017 Aug 9. pii: S0012-3692(17)31393-4. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.08.001. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Mobilizing Allies for Global Catastrophic Biological Risks