Dr. Nicole Errett’s research focuses on the development, implementation and health impacts of policies and programs in the context of public health emergencies, disasters and climate change. Following nearly a decade of experience in public health and emergency management practice, Dr. Errett’s research is driven by the evidentiary needs of practice-based and community partners.
At the University of Washington, Dr. Errett co-founded and co-directs the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience (CEER), a research lab focused on applied, community-engaged research to understand and improve resilience to disasters and the acute impacts of climate change. She serves as the Social Sciences Lead for the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID Facility). She is the co-Director of the Community Engagement Core for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded EDGE Center, and co-leads the Community Adaptive Capacity and Community Engagement and Outreach teams for the NSF-funded Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub. Nationally, she co-chairs the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Network Steering Committee and chairs the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's Public Health Work Group.
Dr. Errett previously served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response at the US 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. 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. She completed post-doctoral training in coastal community resilience at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, BC.