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Diane Meyer, PhD, RN, MPH

Senior Scholar, Assistant Scientist

Professional Profile

Dr. Meyer is Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research interests include health systems as they relate to global health security, disaster and pandemic nursing, workforce development and training, and domestic and international outbreak response.

At the Center, Dr. Meyer contributes to several projects that focus on disaster and pandemic nursing. She co-led the development of an International Resource Center for Pandemic and Disaster Nursing, which promotes global nursing research and practice by providing educational and training resources and networking opportunities. Dr. Meyer has coauthored several COVID-19-related reports on nursing, the US healthcare response, and recommendations for long-term care facilities. She also helped conduct 2 studies on the impacts of the pandemic on the nursing and broader healthcare workforce. Dr. Meyer is currently the interim Chief of Staff for the CORI project.

Dr. Meyer has worked on several other projects seeking to reduce the impacts that infectious disease outbreaks and other disasters have on populations. In 2019, she helped to organize a working group in Bangladesh in collaboration with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) to develop and refine a checklist to help improve health system resilience to outbreaks and natural hazards. She was a member of the Global Health Security Index project, which measured 195 countries’ health security capacities across 6 different indicators. Additionally, she led 3 research efforts under the Center’s Outbreak Observatory, including an outbreak of measles in a daycare facility, an outbreak of mumps in an immigrant population, and Candida auris outbreaks in healthcare facilities in New York, Illinois, and California. Dr. Meyer is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security and has guest-edited 2 special issues.

Dr. Meyer completed her PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she studied the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health service utilization in Baltimore, MD, and was the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral National Research Service Award. In 2016, she received an MPH with a concentration in infectious diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a BA in biology from Carroll College and a BSN from Georgetown University. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a burn and trauma intensive care nurse at a level 1 trauma center in Washington, DC.