Behavioral Risk Program Manager & Research Scientist
“I find EcoHealth Alliance’s One Health approach to public health invigorating. The health challenges that face us today are multifaceted and intrinsically interconnected between the environment, animals (wildlife and domestic), and humans and the recognition that a change in one creates a ripple effect across all three. While the trigger of these alterations are often the impact of humans and the increasing scale of effect of our changes - my work with EcoHealth Alliance focuses on the silver lining of that understanding. Because if human impact is the cause it means that humans are the solution. Through the application of our research findings, the broad communication of our science to communities and policy makers , and our commitment to collaboration we are focused on building behavioral change tools and raising awareness upstream to reduce the burden and mitigate spread of
emerging diseases disease.”
As a Research Scientist, Emily Hagan combines her global public health interest to the study of zoonotic pathogens in an effort to safeguard human and animal health through understanding the nuances of human behaviors, attitudes, and awareness of diseases and spillover from animals in their community. Operating through the One Health approach, Emily is involved in a variety of projects with EcoHealth Alliance where her work aims to better understand behavioral components of zoonotic disease transmission to develop sustainable behavioral interventions that are targeted at preventing the spillover, amplification, and spread of infectious diseases.
Prior to obtaining her MPH, Emily worked in an immunology and virology research lab focused on HIV/AIDS. Projects included the compare the effects of SIV in natural and non-natural host models using serological evidence and flow cytometry investigating the signs of natural host gut cell mediation. Emily examined on the burden of reptile- and amphibian-acquired bacterial disease and transmission for her capstone research. With EcoHealth Alliance, Emily has worked on a multitude of projects that examine
the intricacies of emerging infectious diseases through the lens of biodiversity, land-use, and climate change with a focus on socio-economic, demographic, and environmental drivers of emerging diseases. Emily has broad experience conducting human surveillance and behavioral research projects, with capacity in survey development and implementation and an expertise is in conducting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative human behavioral risk assessment and mixed-methods data analysis.
With a diverse academic background in laboratory science, epidemiology, and human behavioral health Emily appreciates the importance of multi-disciplinary collaboration when conducting research and problem solving with our global alliance of scientists. Emily is dedicated to protecting wildlife and strengthening public health and is committed to EcoHealth Alliance’s objectives to build international capacity and grow the international scientific community in the collective fight against emerging infectious diseases.