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Diane Meyer, RN, MPH

Associate Scholar, Research Associate

Professional Profile

Ms. Meyer is an Associate Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Research Associate 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, Ms. Meyer contributes to several projects that focus on disaster and pandemic nursing. She is currently co-leading the development of an International Resource Center for Pandemic and Disaster Nursing, which will provide educational and training resources, networking opportunities, and promote global nursing research and practice. Ms. Meyer also 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.

Ms. Meyer also 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 is a member of the Global Health Security Index project, which measures 195 countries’ health security capacities across 6 different indicators. Additionally, she has 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. Ms. Meyer is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Health Security and has guest-edited 2 special issues.

Ms. Meyer is currently a full-time doctoral student in the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she is studying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on health service utilization. In 2016, she received an MPH with a concentration in infectious diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her capstone focused on gastrointestinal anthrax from a global public health perspective. During her time as an MPH student, she worked as a research assistant for the Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases and earned a certificate in public health preparedness. She also has 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.