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COVID-19 Experts Available for Interview

RTI offers expertise across a myriad of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our experts have been featured in top news outlets, including the Associated Press, CNBC, CNN, NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. To arrange an interview with an RTI expert focused on COVID-19 and related issues, please contact news@rti.org.

Misinformation: Brian Southwell, PhD

Brian Southwell is an expert in communication and human behavior, as well as misinformation and how it spreads. He can speak to tactics for communicating to the public the importance of getting a seasonal flu vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. He can also speak to the rapid spread of misinformation that we've seen throughout the pandemic and how to counter it.

Learn More about Misinformation: Brian Southwell, PhD

Infectious Disease Prevention & Control: Richard Reithinger, PhD

Richard Reithinger, Vice President of Global Health at RTI, is available to comment on infectious disease prevention and control, global COVID-19 vaccine distribution, COVID-19 booster shots and vaccine diplomacy.

Learn More about Infectious Disease Prevention & Control: Richard Reithinger, PhD

Economic Recovery and Repair: Sara Lawrence

Sara Lawrence is an economic development expert and Program Director of Economic Development at RTI. She can speak to the economic recovery process geographic regions across the U.S. are facing, and will continue to face, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn More about Economic Recovery and Repair: Sara Lawrence

COVID-19 Screening: Meera Viswanathan, PhD

Meera Viswanathan is the Director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center. Dr. Viswanathan is available for comment on her findings in a recent publication, which suggests that screening methods are highly likely to miss people infected with COVID-19. She can discuss the key measures that could make COVID-19 screening more effective.

Learn More about COVID-19 Screening: Meera Viswanathan, PhD

Infectious Disease Transmission Dynamics: Joëlla W. Adams

Joella Adams is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding disease dynamics through simulation modeling. Her recent research evaluated the impact of facility-level interventions including COVID-19 testing strategies and vaccination policies to prevent transmission within hospitals and nursing homes in North Carolina.

Learn More about Infectious Disease Transmission Dynamics: Joëlla W. Adams

Alcohol Consumption: Carolina Barbosa, PhD

Carolina Barbosa, health economist, led a survey that found that alcohol consumption increased in the initial phases of the pandemic for the general adult population in the U.S. Dr. Barbosa is available to comment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on alcohol consumption.

Learn More about Alcohol Consumption: Carolina Barbosa, PhD

Learning Loss: Joseph DeStefano

Joseph DeStefano is a Senior Director in RTI's International Education program. He can speak to the impact of COVID-19 related school closures around the world and the simultaneous learning loss expected. RTI's learning loss research aims to inform re-opening plans taking into consideration students from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Learn More about Learning Loss: Joseph DeStefano

Addiction Treatment: Tami Mark

Tami Mark, an internationally known health economist and expert on behavioral health care financing, is available to comment on the challenges posed by COVID-19 for people seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

Learn More about Addiction Treatment: Tami Mark

Racial Disparity: LaShawn Glasgow, DrPH

LaShawn Glasgow is the Director of Community and Workplace Health at RTI. Dr. Glasgow is available to comment on COVID-19’s impact on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups across the U.S.

Learn More about Racial Disparity: LaShawn Glasgow, DrPH

International Development: Paul Weisenfeld

Paul Weisenfeld is the Executive Vice President for International Development at RTI. He can speak to initiatives and policies that could be used to combat a hunger crisis overseas.

Learn More about International Development: Paul Weisenfeld

Domestic Food Waste and Supply: Mary Muth, PhD

Mary Muth conducts research studies to analyze the impacts of policies, regulations, and other initiatives affecting food and agriculture. Dr. Muth’s work has been published widely, and she can speak on a range of topics involving food in relation to COVID-19, with an emphasis on food waste.

Learn More about Domestic Food Waste and Supply: Mary Muth, PhD

Education: Angela Quick, EdD

Angela Quick, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at RTI, is available to comment on the impact and challenges the COVID-19 pandemic will bring to K-12 and higher education schools, districts, and systems.

Learn More about Education: Angela Quick, EdD

Epidemiology, Zoonotic Diseases: Donal Bisanzio, PhD

Donal Bisanzio, a Senior Epidemiologist, is available to comment on zoonotic diseases—infectious diseases passed from animals to humans—in relation to COVID-19.

Learn More about Epidemiology, Zoonotic Diseases: Donal Bisanzio, PhD

Courts and Corrections: Matthew DeMichele, PhD

Matthew DeMichele, Director of the Center for Courts and Corrections Research at RTI Iis available to comment on potential challenges inmates may face while under the recently mandated in-cell quarantine and adversely, the risks of re-entry if released from incarceration early.

Learn More about Courts and Corrections: Matthew DeMichele, PhD

Gender-Specific Risks: Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

Wendee Wechsberg, Director of RTI International’s Global Gender Center, is available to comment on the potential risks vulnerable populations—specifically women—may face throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn More about Gender-Specific Risks: Wendee Wechsberg, PhD

Justice System, Intimate Partner Violence: Tasseli McKay, MPH

Tasseli McKay examines domestic violence in marginalized communities and relationships. Findings from her recent study evaluates instances of domestic violence following a male partner’s return from incarceration. These results are applicable to the impending release of incarcerated individuals in light of COVID-19.

Learn More about Justice System, Intimate Partner Violence: Tasseli McKay, MPH

Global Food Insecurity: Tracy Slaybaugh-Mitchell

Tracy Slaybaugh-Mitchell is an agriculturalist focused on building resilience and food security. She can speak to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the global hunger crisis.

Learn More about Global Food Insecurity: Tracy Slaybaugh-Mitchell