Dabney Evans


Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory

Mixed-methods researcher and professor of issues affecting vulnerable populations at the intersection of public health and human rights


  • PhD, Law, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2010
  • Masters, Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, 1998
  • BS, Psychology, Arizona State University, 1996


Dabney Evans is the Director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies (CHE@Emory) and the Interim Director of the Institute for Developing Nations (IDN). She is an assistant research professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health. She received a doctoral degree in law in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, a master of public health degree from Rollins in 1998, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Arizona State University in 1996.

As one of the first faculty to include health and human rights in the public health curriculum, Dr. Evans is an established teacher and trainer. Since 2010 her teaching and training activities have touched over 19,000 learners from 171 countries; she is responsible for the training of one in every ten employees at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Evans was the instructor of the first English language massive open online course on Ebola Virus Disease.  She has mentored over forty Master’s theses.

Dr. Evans has published over thirty book chapters, scholarly articles and commissioned works; she has made over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations.  She is on several editorial boards.   She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award (2007), the Crystal Apple for excellence in professional school education (2015) and the Unsung Heroine Award (2016). She is a Board member of Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) and represents Emory University on the steering committee of the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis.


Health and human rights, reproductive health, and vulnerable populations in Brazil.


  • Health in Humanitarian Emergencies