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Faculty Spotlight

​Dr. Jennifer Horney at ACE 2019.

​Dr. Jennifer Horney at ACE 2019.

UD Epidemiology Expert: Dr. Jennifer Horney featured in national media's COVID-19 coverage

Dr. Jennifer Horney, Professor and Founding Director of the Epidemiology Program at the University of Delaware, has recently appeared in numerous media outlets, providing her expert opinion on the developing coronavirus situation.

Most recently, Horney was quoted in articles for the Delaware Business Times and where she discusses the importance COVID-19 testing "[in order to] control further spread of COVID-19 and quickly tamp down any clusters to prevent a full-blown second wave of infections as people begin to travel more."

Dr. Horney’s research focuses on the impacts of natural disasters on public health, as well as linkages between disaster planning and the actions communities and individuals take to prepare, respond, and recover. She has experience training rapid response teams around the world to respond to outbreaks of novel and re-emerging diseases, such as Influenza A H1N1.

Horney was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Planning Committee on Exploring Best Practices in Integration of Public Health and Human Services Service Delivery and Assessment Following Large Scale Disasters. She is also a member of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response’s Board of Scientific Counselors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research Tradition

​DRC Director Tricia Wachtendorf presenting "Improvising Disaster" at the Resilient Calgary Symposium at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Canada. (05/18/2017)


​DRC Director Tricia Wachtendorf presenting "Improvising Disaster" at the Resilient Calgary Symposium at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Canada. (05/18/2017)

DRC has a well-established research tradition, built on a strong foundation in the social sciences; rich interdisciplinary research; a capacity for quick response field research; and a culture of collaboration between faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students. Building on this rich history, DRC continuously enhances its research activities.

DRC projects have been supported by diverse sources, including: National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant Program, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI).

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