Dr. Lauren Clay


Dr. Lauren Clay

Current Projects:

CAREER: Bolstering Food System Resilience to Reduce the Human Impacts of Disasters
The focus of this Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award is to advance the science of food environments and enhance the mitigation and adaptation of social and built environment systems to disasters by bolstering food security and the resilience of food systemsREAD MORE

Developing a Disaster Food Security Scale
This study looks at how we can better measure food insecurity following disasters – when you experience other barriers to food security besides not having enough moneyREAD MORE

National Food Access and COVID Research Team (NFACT) – New York
This study looks at the experience of New Yorkers with accessing food, the impact of COVID-19 on their households, and strategies used to cope and adapt. New York is one of 15 states contributing to the national NFACT teamREAD MORE

RAPID: Understanding Evacuation, Sheltering, and Re-entry decisions ​& Weather Ready Research: Risk Messaging During Syndemics
This project seeks to understand how households made decisions about evacuating for Hurricane Laura amid COVID-19 risk and how local emergency managers made decisions about how to manage evacuation and shelters during the dual hazards of a hurricane and a pandemicREAD MORE

Developing a Culturally Relevant NAAN Food Security Scale
The goal of this project is to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Native American community on meeting their individual and community food needs. Understanding the impacts will inform the development of a culturally relevant measure of food securityREAD MORE

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


Dr. Lucy Wilson

Current Projects:

UMBC Senior Advisor to the University for Public Health and Pandemic Response
Dr. Wilson is a public health trained and board-certified infectious disease physician with experience in infectious disease epidemiology and state/national public health response. Her research focuses on public health data visualization and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly, infection control issues across the healthcare and community continuum.

CDC Emerging Infections Program Healthcare Associated Infections and Community Interface Program
She is the Co-principal Investigator of the Maryland branch of the CDC Emerging Infections Program Healthcare Associated Infections and Community Interface Program and was the PI of the CDC-funded study “Community-based Programs to Test and Cure Hepatitis C”.

COVID-19 Related Research
At UMBC, Dr. Wilson has worked with the Imaging Research Center to explore a novel platform for the visualization of COVID-19-related Maryland Medicaid data and other public health data as it relates to statewide sociodemographic and environmental risk factors.

With The Hilltop Institute, Dr. Wilson worked to extend predictive modeling to estimate individual-level risks of hospitalization due to COVID-19 for Medicare FFS beneficiaries in Maryland.


Research Interests:

Emerging infectious diseases, public health response, healthcare associated Infections, infection control and antibiotic resistance, public health applications of emergency and disaster health services, disease outcomes, pandemic response, public health data visualization.



Gary B. Williams, Jr.

Current Projects:

National Science Foundation
Kleinsmith, Andrea (Principal), Levy, Jennifer (Co-Principal), Williams, Gary B (Supporting), “REU supplemental for CHS: Small: Non-Acted Affective Body Expression Recognition for Simulation Training with Paramedics,” Grant (Funded), Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $7,000.00. (June 27, 2019 – Present).

Prior Research:

National Science Foundation
Kleinsmith, Andrea (Principal), Mentis, Helena M (Co-Principal), Levy, Jennifer (Co-Principal), Williams, Gary B (Supporting), “CHS:Small: Stress Reflection Systems in Medical Team Training,” Grant (Funded), Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Federal, $369,643.00. (September 1, 2018 – 2021).

Research Interests:

Stress responses/reactions in paramedic students during high fidelity simulations.