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Affiliation: 
NCAR
Title: 
Scientist
Department: 
Research Applications Laboratory
Expertise: 
Behavioral science, weather, climate and health

Biography

Dr. Mary Hayden (NCAR) is a behavioral scientist working on weather, climate and health related linkages. She received her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado and is adjoint faculty at the University of Colorado School of Public Health as well as a Guest Researcher with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary research emphasis is on the human behavioral component of climate-sensitive health and disease issues, including community participatory research and the characterization of population vulnerability to weather and climate related health threats. Her current work focuses on improving health outcomes related to human plague in East Africa through enhanced surveillance; assessing the human behavioral role in the transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses and the potential for the virus vector mosquito Aedes aegypti to expand its range in the Americas; and addressing current adaptive capacity and future societal resilience to extreme heat in North America. Mary has also worked on projects that are focused on better understanding the transmission dynamics of meningitis in the Sahel of Africa and malaria in Kenya and Ghana.