About Dr. Katie Schenk

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Dr. Katie Schenk is a public health scientist and epidemiologist. She has global experience in research and implementation of interventions to prevent and control infectious disease epidemics.

Currently, Dr. Schenk is serving as a member of the U.S. Medical Reserve Corps in the COVID-19 response. She also teaches courses in Global Health as a professor at the School of International Service of American University (Washington, D.C.) and the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA).

Previously, Dr. Schenk was the co-Principal Investigator on a research study exploring HIV status disclosure among children and caregivers. The study was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.

She led the research portfolio on children and families impacted by HIV at the Population Council. This portfolio included a range of social and behavioral research studies addressing vulnerable children and pediatric antiretroviral treatment.

Dr. Schenk lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.

Teaching

Dr. Schenk is a skilled teacher and lecturer with many years of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at universities. She has presented the results of her scientific research at conferences around the world. Outside of the academic setting, she has conducted many trainings for varied audiences worldwide.

Courses include:

  • Global Health (small high-level undergraduate course, American University, School of International Service)
  • Global Health (large introductory undergraduate review course, George Mason University, Dept of Global and Community Health)
  • Introduction to Human Health and Disease (undergraduate review course, American University, Department of Health Studies)
  • Behavioral Research Methods (graduate seminar, George Mason University, Dept of Global and Community Health)
  • International Research Ethics and Methods (graduate seminar, George Mason University, Dept of Global and Community Health)

Faculty Profiles

Education and Training

  • Epidemics II – University of Hong Kong and edX (April 2020, online training – ongoing)
  • COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and FutureLearn (March 2020, online training)
  • Ph.D., Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (2008)
  • M.Sc., Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (1999)
  • M.A. (Oxon), Philosophy, Politics, Economics, University of Oxford (Keble College), UK

Fieldwork

Dr. Schenk has designed and conducted fieldwork for research projects collecting data to improve decision-making for healthcare delivery globally. She has conducted fieldwork in diverse global settings, including in Kenya, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Dr. Schenk meeting with data collectors in Zambia.

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