Kathryn Roberts, MPH

Kathryn Roberts, MPH

Epidemiologist, Infectious Diseases and Epidemics Program

Kathryn is an epidemiologist for the Infectious Diseases and Epidemics Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. In this role she leads and participates in a range of field studies that aim to mitigate and understand outbreak prone disease transmission, (SARS-CoV-2, Zika virus, dengue, leptospirosis, Chikungunya, etc.) in the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

Kathryn has fifteen years of research and program implementation experience in global health, infectious diseases, and surveillance in humanitarian and development settings. She started her career with the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity developing and conducting field-based research and evaluations focused on children and young people during and after complex emergencies in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. She then joined the University of California, San Francisco Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative, based in Namibia, leading on-the-ground implementation of operational research investigating innovative outbreak response and malaria elimination strategies. Kathryn then moved to Mexico to join the response to the Zika epidemic with the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere regional office. She managed a multi-country Zika virus response and led the conceptualization and integration of humanitarian preparedness and response into IPPF/WHR’s strategic priorities. She then joined Ending Pandemics, where she managed implementation of a Fleming Fund grant to improve surveillance, response, and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in Africa and Asia.

Kathryn holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in Population and Family Health with a concentration in Forced Migration and Health, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Emory University. She is currently earning her Doctorate of Public Health in Implementation Science at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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