Dabney P. Evans, Ph.D, M.P.H, is a public health leader, serving as an associate professor of Global Health in Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is a mixed-methods researcher focusing on women’s health and human rights. Evans received her Master of Public Health degree in 1998 from Emory University and her doctoral degree in law from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom in 2011. She is architect and director of the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies within the Rollins School of Public Health and the Emory University Institute of Human Rights focusing on capacity building. In July 2017, she assumed the position of interim director for Emory University’s Institute of Developing Nations.
As one of the first faculty to include health and human rights in the public health curriculum, 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Evans was the instructor of the first English language open online course on ebola virus disease and a Coursera on health in humanitarian emergencies. She was the instructor of the “University Course” on global security and leadership in a complex world. She has mentored over 40 master’s theses. She has served as co-director of graduate studies for the Hubert Department of Global Health since 2016.
Evans’ current research projects focus on gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her global research portfolio includes projects on: femicide prevention in Brazil, Zika surveillance across Latin America and the Caribbean, and reproductive health kits supply chain strengthening in Nigeria, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is also leading program evaluation activities on malaria surveillance in Zambia and hospital-based cancer care in Kenya and Uganda.
An editor of the text, Rights-Based Approaches to Health, Evans has advanced human rights discourse across a range of public health issues. Evans has published over forty book chapters, scholarly articles and commissioned works and has made over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations. Her public scholarship has appeared in the Pacific Standard, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ms. Magazine and The Hill, where she is a regular contributor. In 2015, she presented a TEDx talk. She is on several editorial boards.
Evans is a past-president of the Georgia Federation of Professional Health Educators and chair of the Human Rights Forum of the American Public Health Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Crystal Apple for excellence in professional school education (2015), the Unsung Heroine Award (2016), the American Public Health Association Mid-Career Award in International Health (2017) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Early Career Teaching Award (2018). She is a board member of the Feminist Women’s Health Center and represents Emory University on the steering committee of the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis.