Nicole Errett

Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Dr. Nicole Errett is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.  She holds a PhD in Health and Public Policy, an MSPH in Health Policy, and a BA in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests and expertise are in the use of public policy to enhance health outcomes during and after disaster.

Dr. Errett brings nearly a decade of practical experience in public health and healthcare emergency preparedness and management. She served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Policy and Legislative Director at the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Evaluation and Assessment Manager at the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.

Dr. Errett is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, where she is working as a member of an interdisciplinary team to understand the impact of maritime transportation disruption on post-disaster healthcare delivery in maritime transportation dependent communities.

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Research Interests

  • Public health emergency preparedness, health impacts of disaster; community resilience; public health policy; healthcare emergency preparedness; public health practice

Teaching interests

ENVH 406/506: Disasters and Public Health


PhD, Health and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
MSPH, Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
Selected Publications

Errett NA, Thompson CB, Rutkow L, Garrity S, Stauss-Riggs K, Altman BA, Walsh L, Freeman JD, Balicer RD, Schor KW, Barnett DJ. Examining workers’ perceptions toward participating in disaster recovery after Hurricane Sandy: A Quantitative Assessment. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2016;1-7 [Epub ahead of print].

Errett NA, Egan S, Garrity S, Rutkow L, Walsh L, Thompson CB, Strauss-Riggs K, Altman B, Schor K, Barnett DJ. Attitudinal Determinants of Local Public Health Workers' Participation in Hurricane Sandy Recovery Activities. Health Secur 2015; 13(4):267-73.

Errett NA, Frattaroli S, Resnick, B, Barnett DJ, Rutkow, L. Interlocal collaboration and emergency preparedness: a qualitative analysis of the impact of the Urban Area Security Initiative program. Am J Disaster Med 2014;9(4):297-308.

Errett NA, Bowman C, Barnett DJ, Resnick, B, Frattaroli S, Rutkow L. Regional Collaboration Among Urban Area Security Initiative Regions: Results of the Johns Hopkins Urban Area Survey. Biosecur Bioterror 2014;12(6):356-65.

Rutkow L, Vernick JS, Semon NL, Flowers A, Errett NA, Links JM. Translating legal research on mental and behavioral health during emergencies for the public health workforce. Public Health Rep 2014;129(Suppl 4):123-128.

Harrison KL, Errett NA, Rutkow L, Thompson CB, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson JM, Koch MM, McKee M, Meija-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Storey D, Barnett DJ. An intervention for enhancing public health crisis response willingness among local health department workers: A qualitative programmatic analysis. Am J Disaster Med 2014;9(2):87-96.

Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Errett NA, Harrison KL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM, Storey JD. EPPM and Willingness to Respond: The Role of Risk and Efficacy Communication in Strengthening Public Health Emergency Response Systems. Health Commun 2014;29(6):598-609.

Errett NA, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Tosatto R, Austin B, Schaffzin S, Ansari A, Semon NL, Balicer RD, Links JM. Assessment of medical reserve corps volunteers’ emergency response willingness using a threat- and efficacy-based model. Biosecur Bioterror. 2013; 11(1):29-40.

Errett NA, Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Semon NL, Catlett C, Hsu E, Gwon H, Balicer RD, Links JM. Assessment of psychological preparedness and emergency response willingness of local public health department and hospital workers. Int J Emerg Ment Health 2012; 14(2):125- 33.

Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Errett NA, Semon NL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, Koch MM, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM. Determinants of emergency response willingness in the local public health workforce by jurisdictional and scenario patterns: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health  2012; 12: 164.

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