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Emma Elizabeth Spurlock


Emma Spurlock is an MPH graduate from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Emma is a current Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at the Department of Health and Human Services focused on refugee and asylum seeker healthcare delivery. She has worked as a consultant for the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance and UNICEF's adolescent mental health devision, and as a specialist at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME). Ms. Spurlock has extensive experience in mixed methods analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), sustainable development, global health, health policy and community-based participatory research.

Education & Training

  • BA
    University of Washington, Geography and Global Health (2018)


  • On My Mind: How Adolescents Perceive and Experience Mental Health Around the World
    Copenhagen, Denmark 2022
    International Conference on Youth Mental Health 2022
  • Traction Nepal
    Kathmandu, Bagmati Province, Nepal 2018
    Participated in an innovative, interdisciplinary community-based project implementation and impact assessment in a marginalized community of Kathmandu. The project was in collaboration with Nepal Communitere and Traction Nepal. Developed and implemented community-based participatory impact assessments which informed project development and direction of future projects. Conducted additional independent research on sterilization practices in urban spaces vs informal settlements in Kathmandu and as
  • Research
    Kampala, Central Region, Uganda 2017
    Participated in a research program with the University of Washington’s Global Health department and Mekerere University to investigate health issues facing pregnant women in rural communities. Conducted qualitative research using focus groups, village health team interviews, key informant interviews, and clinical observations to determine the level of involvement of senior female family members in young women's choices to pursue and participate in family planning.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Leadership in Global Health FellowshipYale Institute for Global Health2022

Professional Service

International Association for Impact AssessmentIAIA provides the international forum for advancing innovation and communication of best practice in all forms of impact assessment so as to further the development of local, regional, and global capacity in impact assessment. Our international membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental, social, health and other forms of assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development.2022 - Present