Leisel Talley Adjunct or Visiting

Global Health


Leisel Talley is a nutritional epidemiologist in the Emergency Response and Recovery branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she has worked for 18 years. She received her Masters of Public Health from Emory University in 2000. Currently, Leisel is the lead for the Humanitarian Health Team that includes 6 subject matter areas and 12 staff. She focuses on acute malnutrition in humanitarian crises including nutritional assessments of populations, treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition in children, operational research, capacity building among partners and program evaluation. She has worked in Darfur, Cameroon, Croatia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Greece, Haiti, Madagascar, Indonesia, Thailand, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia with UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, USAID and a variety of NGOs. She is also adjunct faculty at the Rollins School of Public Health where she teaches a course on nutrition and lectures in a variety of other courses.

Areas of Interest

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Nutrition


  • Masters of Health, Emory University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, George Washington University, 1995


  • Nichols EK, Talley LE, Birungi N, McClelland A, Madraa E, et al. , 2013, Suspected Outbreak of Riboflavin Deficiency among Populations Reliant on Food Assistance: A Case Study of Drought-Stricken Karamoja, Uganda, 2009–2010, PLoS ONE, ,
  • Talley L, Boyd E, el Sharief F, Blanton C, OmerAli M, et al. , 2012, Prevention of Acute Malnutrition During the Lean Season: Comparison of a Lipid- Based Nutrient Supplement and an Improved Dry Ration, South Darfur, Sudan. A quasi-Experimental Study, J Nutr Disorders

Affiliations and Activities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • GH 538: Food &Nutrition in Emergencies