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An expert in infectious disease, epidemiology, and medical anthropology

Maureen Miller, PhD, is an infectious disease epidemiologist and medical anthropologist. Her career straddles academic and public spheres. Dr. Miller has been involved in applied infectious disease prevention research, programming and policy since the 1990s, has published 50 theoretical and research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, and has a proven track record in attracting funding for the conduct of innovative research in resource poor settings. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Miller consults regularly with governments and non-governmental organizations around the world. Her completed projects range from the evaluation of an urban syringe exchange program that resulted in national program expansion; to the development of an analytic framework to evaluate international health programs in terms of gender health equity and human rights; to the creation of a simple, targeted and flexible biological behavioral surveillance system to identify emerging infectious diseases at their point of origin
Questions I can answer:
Identify the social and behavioral drivers of disease transmission vulnerable to intervention and disruption
Development and implementation of surveillance systems to evaluate impact of health initiatives at local, national or regional level
Social media and communication strategies to share public health information


Executive Director

2017 - Present (4 years, 3 months)
Solutions oriented public health consulting for national and global clients;
Accion Contra el Hambre (Action Against Hunger), Madrid, Spain, designed national-level nutrition studies to prevent pediatric HIV deaths in Malawi, results were institutionalized globally and became standard of care, built multisource, analytic surveillance to evaluate the impact of environmental health initiative on child mortality; methods adopted by all Sahel country governments and the NGO;
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland, developed guidance for health equity/human rights assessment with implementation tools, guidance adopted as policy and is systematically required of all grant applicants and recipients;
Folkehelsa (National Institute of Public Health), Oslo, Norway, evaluated the Oslo city syringe exchange program (2 publications); research findings resulted in national expansion of program to 5 major cities accounting for 75% of urban populations;
Chamberlain Healthcare Public Relations, New York, NY, researched and developed an afterschool leadership through sport program to indirectly reduce teen sex risk (the goal); directly addressed childhood obesity, low self-esteem, community building
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - Department of Epidemiology

Adjunct Associate Professor

2000 - Present (20 years, 11 months)
Established an NIH R01 funded academic-community research partnership: Bed Stuy West Community Studies;
Held leadership roles in federally funded research and center initiatives totaling more than $20 million;
Developed and taught applied research graduate courses (methods and research design);
Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at Columbia University, 2003-2005;
Faculty, Columbia-Rockefeller Center for AIDS Research, Columbia University Medical Center, 2004-2005;
Member Academic Diversity Committee;
Sponsor and mentor doctoral and masters level students
Mo Possibilities Inc

Executive Director

2000 - Present (21 years, 5 months)
Advise organizations on gender health and human rights communications and strategy;
Sexually transmitted disease infections expert for Okayso, an app that connects people with sex health experts;
The Basics with Dr. Mo sexual wellness communications product: >100 videos distributed through YouTube;
Writer, producer and editor of series covering biology, relationships, consent, risks and pleasure;
Create and manage multichannel brand identity, totaling over 23 thousand public impressions
EcoHealth Alliance (formerly the Wildlife Trust)

Senior Director | Senior Scientist

2014 - 2016 (2 years, 3 months)
Senior Director, Behavioral Surveillance for the USAID funded Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT program;
Responsible for assessing the behavioral risk and social drivers of emerging infectious disease in >30 countries;
Designed tools, protocols and training materials for the standardized conduct of ethnographic research; hired, trained and supervised ethnographers in Bangladesh, Liberia, Indonesia, China and Uganda;
Developed integrated behavioral biological surveillance to quantify risk practices, behaviors and context; methods published and promoted by World Health Organization;
Led successful multilateral partnership development in new engagement country: Egypt
Doctors Without Borders • Malawi


2010 - 2011 (11 months)
Developed tools and built capacity for District Health Officers to ensure early detection of infectious disease outbreaks in a population of more than 8 million residents (Malawi);
Evaluated Phase IV field-based studies of kala azar treatment data to enhance standard of care; all regimens showed acceptable outcomes and safety profiles in a wide range of patients (India)

PhD, Epidemiology

Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University

1994 - 1997
Learned how to integrate my training and experience with medical anthropology into infectious disease epidemiology data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication
PhD, Epidemiology

Columbia University in the City of New York

BA, Anthropology

Columbia University in the City of New York