Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine
Melissa Kerr Chiovenda has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Connecticut and an MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University. He research focuses on collective and cultural trauma among Shi'a ethnic Hazara civil society activists in Bamyan, Afghanistan. She is starting a new project with Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Athens, Greece who arrived several years ago and who are taking on both mediating and activist roles in response to the recent large numbers of refugee arrivals.
His current research focuses on quantifying the burden of non-communicable diseases and injuries in the poorest billion people as part of the Lancet NCDI Commission. Previously, he worked on demographic estimation and risk factor attribution for the Global Burden of Disease project at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where he obtained his MPH in Global Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington.