Lynn Lieberman Lawry

M.D, M.S.P.H, M.Sc

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
MNCH, SGBV, Health and Human Rights, Mental Health
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M.Sc. Harvard School of Public Health, Epidemiology, Boston, MA - 1998
M.D. East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC - 1992
M.S.P.H. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Parasitology, Chapel Hill, NC - 1988
B.S North Carolina State University, Zoology, Raleigh, NC - 1985


Dr Lieberman Lawry, an Associate Professor in Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at USUHS, is a physician, epidemiologist and biostatistician. She has twenty-five years of experience in humanitarian aid, disaster response, development and global health implementation and research. During her career she has led, managed, and conducted baseline, midterm, and final evaluations using quantitative and qualitative methodologies that adapt traditional epidemiology to austere environments to yield evidence-based and contextualized prevalence data. She is globally known as an expert on documenting humanitarian needs in austere settings, health and human rights, maternal, newborn and child health, and gender based violence. Her data appear in more than 50 highly competitive peer-reviewed medical, public health, social science and legal journals and textbooks. She spent 20 years as faculty in the Women’s Health Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and concurrently held an appointment with the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Employed by non-governmental organizations throughout her career, she has extensive experience in more than two dozen countries coordinating the provision of aid and facilitating development during which time she conducted population-based studies and impact evaluations, collecting quantitative and qualitative data in conflict and post-conflict settings -- almost all of which were limited-resource or insecure environments. She has worked and continues to work as a development expert, implementing in post-disaster, post-conflict and in purely development settings. Her studies cover programmatic health status indicators and demographic data to assess impact and/or define a baseline of health status of populations that elucidate the needs -- utilizing these data to improve policy and programmatic impact to address global health needs in disparate contexts.

She began her international career in Rwanda and eastern Zaire in 1994 during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She went on to work in eastern DRC in 1997; Kosovo and Albania during the conflict, genocide and refugee crisis in 1998-99; and more than a dozen other countries such as Chad, Darfur, Afghanistan, Mongolia, China and Thailand. She spent considerable time in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1999-2009. She worked in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, completing a population-based household study comparing health status among women refugee camps in Pakistan and women in Taliban-controlled areas with Northern Alliance areas -- data that are all published in peer-reviewed medical and public health journals. She researched and published extensively on women’s health and human rights issues in Afghanistan, Iraq (2003-2004), Nigeria, Darfur, South Sudan, DRC, Liberia, Kenya, and Sierra Leone covering mental health, and health consequences of human rights violations and the denial of rights and the health and human rights complexities of migrants traversing Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Until recently, she worked on projects funded by USAID and other donors in northern and eastern regions of Madagascar, in extremely remote areas of the DRC, in Malawi, South Sudan, Mali and in Ukraine. Her work has required working across interagency contexts including local governments, donors, NGOs, the UN and beneficiaries to improve policy and develop pragmatic recommendations to improve the health status of those most in need.