David J. Dausey

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Adjunct Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Post-grad in higher education management, Harvard University; Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health, Yale University; M.Phil. in epidemiology and public health, Yale University; B.A. in psychology, Mercyhurst University


David J. Dausey is an epidemiologist and public health expert who consults as a researcher for the RAND Corporation. Dausey is dean of the School of Health Professions, chair of the Public Health Department, and a tenured (full) professor of public health at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is also the director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health. He holds an honorary faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University where he is a distinguished service professor. Dausey was a full-time researcher at RAND from 2003 to 2008. Since 2008, he has actively collaborated with RAND's global public health unit. At RAND, his research has focused on public health systems and networks, global public health, bioterrorism, public health preparedness, infectious disease surveillance, and behavioral health. In this capacity, Dausey has worked with state and local public health departments throughout the United States as well as ministries of health around the world. He has more than 100 scholarly publications including RAND reports and journal articles. Dausey is a recipient of RAND's Gold Award for his research evaluating pandemic influenza preparedness in Southeast Asia. He was formerly a teaching fellow at Yale University and a program analyst at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dausey received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Mercyhurst College, his master's and doctoral degrees in epidemiology and public health from Yale University, and post-graduate training in higher education management and leadership at Harvard University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Dean, School of Health Professions and Public Health, Mercyhurst University; Professor of Public Health, Mercyhurst University; Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Projects

  • Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation and Policy Research Capacity in Southeast Asia
  • Development of a National Training Program for the VA's Pandemic Influenza Exercise Initiative
  • Improving the State of Georgia's Public Health Preparedness
  • Developing and Operationalizing a National Health Care Strategy for Qatar
  • Developing Tools and Methodologies to Improve Public Health Preparedness in State and Local Health Departments

Selected Publications

Moore M, Dausey DJ, Phommasack B, Tok S, Guoping L, Nyein SL, Ungchusak K, Vung ND., "Sustainability of Sub-Regional Disease Surveillance Networks," Global Health Governance, 2:1-43, 2012

Moore M, Dausey DJ, "Response to the 2009-H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in the Mekong Basin: Surveys of Country Health Leaders," BMC Public Health, 4(361), 2011

Kilbourne AM, Fullerton CA, Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Hermann RC, "A Framework for Measuring Quality across Silos: The Case of Mental Disorders and Co-occurring Conditions.," Quality and Safety in Health Care, 19:113-116, 2010

Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Herrell JM, "Performance Measures for Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders.," Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy, 4, 2009

Lurie N, Dausey DJ, Knighton T, Moore M, Zakowsky S, Deyton L, "Community Planning for Pandemic Influenza: Lessons from the VA Health Care System," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2:251-257, 2008

Nelson C, Beckjord E, Dausey DJ, Chan E, Lurie N, Lotstein D, "How Can We Strengthen the Evidence Base in Public Health Preparedness?" Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2:247-250, 2008

Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, Bahney B, Haviland A, Zakowski S, Lurie N, "Improving and Enhancing Telephone Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Public Health Agencies," American Journal of Public Health, 98:1706-1711, 2008

Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Buehler J, "Designing and Conducting Tabletop Exercises to Assess Public Health Preparedness for Man Made and Naturally Occurring Biological Threats," BMC Public Health, 7:7-92, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Award, RAND Corporation
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology