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Kathryn  Yount


Faculty, Global Health

Jointly Appointed, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Global Health

Dr. Kathryn Yount is Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health (2012) and Professor of Global Health and Sociology (2015) at Emory University. Her research centers on the social determinants of women’s health, including mixed-methods evaluations of social-norms and empowerment-based programs to reduce gender-based violence and health disparities in underserved populations. She has been funded continuously since 2002 from U.S. federal agencies, private foundations, and foreign agencies to work in parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and underserved communities in Atlanta. These collaborations have culminated in more than 200 publications in the social sciences and global health.

Dr. Yount is founding director of GROW, an initiative to advance scholarship, leadership, and social change with respect to women’s and girls’ empowerment, the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and women’s health. In 2016, Dr. Yount received the university-wide Women of Excellence award for Mentoring from the Center for Women at Emory. Dr. Yount has served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Population Association of America (2018-2020), an invited member of advisory boards on DfID- and BMGF-funded women’s empowerment and GBV prevention initiatives, and member to the DfID-funded Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) consortium. For GAGE, Dr. Yount is research lead for the impact evaluation of the Room-to-Read Girls’ Education Program in Nepal.

At Emory, the university faculty have elected Dr. Yount to serve as President of the University Senate and Chair of the University Faculty Council (2015), where she led the initiative to develop formal university-wide tenure and promotion guidelines. She has served as a member of Provost-appointed committees to revise university policies on authorship, scholarship, mentorship, and ethics in research; a member of all major graduate scholarship committees for the Laney Graduate School, and Chair of the Social Sciences Sub-committee, University Research Committee, which awards funding for faculty research. In 2019, the graduate faculty elected Dr. Yount to serve on the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School, which advises the Dean on graduate policies, curricular revisions, and new courses and programs (2019-2022).

Dr. Yount lives in Atlanta with her twin daughters and husband. Connect with her and her team on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Rollins School of Public Health ,

Atlanta , GA 30322

1518 Clifton Road NE. Room 7029

Phone: (404) 727-8511

Fax: 404-727-4590



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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Community Based Research
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Research Methods
  • Women’s Health


  • BA 1991, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MSH 1994, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • PhD 1999, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • , , Effect of face-to-face interview versus computer-assisted self-interview on disclosure of intimate partner violence among African American women in WIC clinics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence., Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ,
  • , , Violence in Childhood, Attitudes about Partner Violence, and Partner Violence Perpetration among Men in Vietnam. ., Annals of Epidemiology, ,
  • , , Women’s Empowerment and Generalized Anxiety in Minya, Egypt., Social Science and Medicine, ,
  • , , Women’s Relative Schooling Advantage and Intimate Partner Violence in Colombia, Violence against Women, ,