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Caitlin M. Rivers, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

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621 E. Pratt Street
Suite 210
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

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PhD, Virginia Tech, 2015
MPH, Virginia Tech, 2013
BA, University of New Hampshire, 2011


Dr. Rivers is a Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. Her research focuses on improving public health preparedness and response through computational epidemiology, outbreak science, open data, and biosecurity.

Prior to joining the Center in 2017, Dr. Rivers worked as an epidemiologist for the United States Army as a Department of Defense SMART Scholar. She also participated in a National Science and Technology Council's Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology working group. Dr. Rivers serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Health Security.

  • computational epidemiology
  • outbreak science
  • biosecurity
  • biodefense
  • public health policy
  • emerging infectious diseases

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  • Rivers, C. M., Majumder, M. S., & Lofgren, E. T. (2016). Risks of death and severe disease in patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, 2012–2015. American Journal of Epidemiology, 184(6), 460-464. doi:10.1093/aje/kww013
  • Chretien, J. P., Rivers, C. M., & Johansson, M. A. (2016). Make data sharing routine to prepare for public health emergencies. PLoS Medicine, 13(8):e1002109. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002109
  • Rivers, C. M., Lofgren, E. T., Marathe, M., Eubank, S., & Lewis, B. L. (2014). Modeling the impact of interventions on an epidemic of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. PLOS Currents Outbreaks 6(6). doi:10.1371/currents.outbreaks.4d41fe5d6c05e9df30ddce33c66d084c
  • Alexander, K. A., Sanderson, C. E., Marathe, M., Lewis, B. L., Rivers, C. M., Shaman, J., Drake, J.M., Lofgren, E., Dato, V.M., Eisenberg, M.C., & Eubank, S. (2015). What factors might have led to the emergence of Ebola in West Africa? PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(6):e0003652. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003652
  • Lofgren, E. T., Halloran, M. E., Rivers, C. M., Drake, J. M., Porco, T. C., Lewis, B, Yang, W., Vespignani, A., Shaman, J., Eisenberg, J.N., & Eisenberg, M. C. (2014). Opinion: Mathematical Models: A key tool for outbreak response. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(51), 18095-18096. doi:10.1073/pnas.1421551111