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Lauren Clay

Lauren Clay

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Emergency and Disaster Health Systems (EDHS)

900 Walker Avenue


Ph D University of Delaware 2014

Master of Public Health Drexel University 2010

BA La Salle University 2005


Lauren Clay is a disaster scientist and public health researcher. Her research focuses on individual, household, and community recovery from disasters. She has studied Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Florence, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the 2013 Moore, OK tornadoes, and the Camp Fire among other disasters and public health emergencies. Her expertise is in disaster disruption to the local food environment and food insecurity. Currently, she has several studies underway examining long-term recovery and public health impacts from Hurricane Katrina, food insecurity following Hurricane Florence and the Camp Fire, and several studies looking at food access and security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Interests

Community, household, and individual health consequences of disasters and public health emergencies; food environment disruption and food and nutrition insecurity following disasters; stress and mental health; individual and household capital; community resilience

Teaching Interests

Research methods, disaster recovery, global health, public health impacts of disasters, thesis and dissertation seminar