Laurel Lockwood Hourani

Senior Research Public Health Analyst

Laurel Hourani


  • PhD, Epidemiology (Psychiatric), Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • MPH, Health Services Administration, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut
  • BA, Major in Psychology; minor in Philosophy, California State University at Chico
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Laurel Lockwood Hourani has been a researcher with RTI for almost two decades. She has conducted health and psychological research in the United States and abroad for more than 20 years and has extensive experience with military populations. Dr. Hourani has been the recipient of numerous research grants and has authored journal articles and technical reports on epidemiology, psychology, and health promotion research in military and civilian populations. Her expertise and main interests are in the areas of mental health and substance abuse.

Dr. Hourani is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has been the principal investigator on several military-sponsored studies of suicide and mental disorders among U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel. She has been involved in directing U.S. Department of Defense surveys of health-related behaviors and attitudes and is currently leading posttraumatic stress disorder prevention and resilience intervention studies in active duty and Reserve Component personnel.