Faculty and Staff



Nicole Errett, PhD, MSPH



Dr. Errett is a disaster researcher, public health policy analyst and faculty member in the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She has over 10 years of experience working on public health emergency preparedness and management in local, state, federal government and academia. Her community relevant, translatable research focuses on the use of public policy to enhance health outcomes during and after a disaster.



Tania Busch Isaksen, PhD, MPH



Dr. Busch Isaksen is an exposure scientist and faculty member in the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She has over 24 years of environmental public health experience working in public, private and academic settings. She maintains an active, practice-based research portfolio focused on measuring impacts from extreme heat on health outcomes, climate change risk communication methods, and public health adaptation planning and response.





Jamie Vickery, PhD, Research Scientist



Dr. Vickery is a disaster researcher and environmental sociologist, and serves as a research scientist for the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience. She has worked on a variety of research and evaluation projects concerning disaster-affected communities, risk communication and perception, and program evaluation. Her research interests focus on the social components of disasters, including the social causes of disaster vulnerability and inequality - particularly among marginalized and precariously housed communities. She specializes in the use of qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, content analysis, participant observation, and participatory asset mapping.


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Cat Hartwell, MPH, Research Coordinator



Cat is a public health and climate change researcher, also serving as a research coordinator for the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience. Before pursuing her MPH, she spent over a decade producing documentaries for National Geographic, CNN, and Netflix on issues related to public health and climate change. Her previous research work has focused on air pollution, extreme heat, environmental justice, and the availability of green space in the South Bronx, NYC. Her research interests broadly include the intersections of climate change, public health, and disaster preparedness at the community level.


Kathleen Moloney

Kathleen Moloney, MPH, Research Coordinator



Kathleen Moloney is a Research Coordinator with the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience. Her research interests include the intersections of disasters and social determinants of health, improving the ability of public health practitioners to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, and conducting community-engaged disaster research. She has training in a variety of qualitative and quantitative public health research methods and skills, including epidemiology, conducting semi-structured interviews and focus groups, survey administration, and data management and analysis. In addition to her research experience in the hazards and disaster field, she worked as a public health practitioner in disaster response, including as a Disaster Program Specialist with the American Red Cross and Disaster Relief Coordinator with Catholic Charities.


Mary Hannah Smith

Mary Hannah Smith, MCP, Research Coordinator



Mary Hannah is a research coordinator with the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience. She trained as a city planner and is proficient in small group facilitation, GIS, and qualitative research methods like content analysis and focus groups. Her professional experiences include leading climate and hazard mitigation planning processes for small towns in Massachusetts, analyzing Massachusetts’ statewide climate planning grant program, and managing outage communication software projects for electric utilities. Prior research explored obstacles to managed retreat, and her current interests center around climate change adaptation, natural hazard mitigation, and land use.


Cassandra Jean

Cassandra Jean, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar



Dr. Cassandra Jean (She/Her/They) is a 2021 graduate of Howard University’s Department of Sociology and Criminology and is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Cass is a public Sociologist interested in social and global stratification, vulnerability and victimology, and the response and recovery of marginalized communities following disasters. Her research incorporates an intersectional approach utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods to explore community members and their lived experiences. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Cass’s research emphasizes the need for collaborative work and collectivity to promote equitable services and policies. When Dr. Cass isn’t chit-chatting with friends, she enjoys indulging in the arts and tending to her plants and self-care routine.