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Associate Professor
Shannon Doocy

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Center & Institute Affiliations

Shannon Doocy, PhD ’04, studies the health impact of natural disasters and conflict, including refugees and displaced populations, and how to improve humanitarian responses.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E8132

Research Interests

humanitarian assistance; humanitarian emergencies; disasters; conflict; refugees; displaced populations; health systems; health; food security; nutrition; livelihoods; assessment; monitoring and evaluation
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins University
My research focuses on populations affected by natural disasters and conflict, including both refugees and internally displaced populations in camp and non-camp settings. Within the context of humanitarian emergencies, my areas of interest include health service access and delivery, nutrition and food security, livelihoods and cash interventions. My work is centered on the development of context-specific approaches for population-based surveys, needs assessments and the monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian assistance programs, that are rigorous yet feasible to implement given situational constraints of emergency settings. The focus is on implementation science, with the aim of informing ongoing humanitarian assistance and health programs and in the longer-term, providing an evidence base for emergency response programs and policies. Recent research and evaluation 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, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo among others.
Honors & 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.
Select Publications
Selected from >95 peer reviewed publications
  • Doocy S, Tappis H, Villeminot N, Suk A, Kumar D, Fazal S, Grant A and Pietzsch S. Point-of-Use Water Treatment Improves Recovery Rates among Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition in Pakistan: Results from a Site-Randomized Trial. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Nov;21(16):3080-3090. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018001647.
  • Doocy S, Emerson J, Colantouni E, Strong J, the Jenga Jamaa II Study team, and Menakuntuala J. Improving Household Food Security in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Comparative Analysis of Four Interventions. Food Security 2018.
  • Tappis H and Doocy S. The Effectiveness and Value for Money of Cash Based Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review. J Dev Eff 2017; Aug: 1-24.
  • Doocy S, Paik K, *Lyles E, Tam H, Fahed Z, Winkler E, Kontunen K, Mkanaa A and Burnham G. Pilot testing and implementation of a mHealth tool for non-communicable diseases in a humanitarian setting. PLoS Currents 2017; Jun 5;9. doi: 10.1371/currents.dis.e98c648aac93797b1996a37de099be74.
  • Lyles E, Hanquart B, Chela L, Woodman M, the LHAS Study Team, Fouad F, Sibai A and Doocy S. Health service access and utilization among Syrian refugees and affected host communities in Lebanon. J Refugee Studies 2017 May 24.
North Korean Refugee Research
Point of Use Water Treatment in Emergencies
Beja Nutrition Assessment
Post-tsunami research & technical support
Child Porters in Nepal
Conflict Research in Iraq
Iraqi Refugees in Jordan
Post-earthquake assessment in Peru
UNHCR Reproductive Health Balanced Scorecard Development
Point of Use Water Treatment for Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition in Pakistan
Syria Humanitarian Needs Assessment
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