Dr. Nicole Errett’s research focuses on the development, implementation and health impacts of policies and programs that aim to build resilience in the context of public health emergencies, disasters and climate change. She works closely with public health practitioners, emergency managers, community-based organizations and others to design and implement policy-relevant research that contributes to real-world solutions for pressing disaster, climate and health problems. Her research leverages qualitative and survey methods, and she frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary teams.
Dr. Errett serves as the inaugural Director of the interdisciplinary UW Center for Disaster Resilient Communities. She co-founded and co-directs the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience (CEER), co-directs the Community Engagement Core for the UW EDGE Center and serves on the leadership team for the Center for Health and the Global Environment, the Natural Hazards and Disaster Reconnaissance Facility (RAPID) and the Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Research Hub. Nationally, she co-chairs the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Network Steering Committee and co-leads the Public Health Extreme Events Research Network, supported by the National Science Foundation through supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.