Dr Danielle Poole

Designation: Senior Research Associate

Dr Danielle (Dani) Poole is a Senior Research Associate at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies of the University of Geneva.

Dr Poole is a population health scientist notable for her contributions to the evidence base for humanitarian decision-making. Within the broader field of humanitarian health research, her work is centred around two themes:
1) measuring need and programme effectiveness in substantive areas of focus including mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and health in-transit, and
2) developing novel research methods for complex settings for representative sampling, internal and external generalizability, and scalability.

To address these lines of inquiry, Dr Poole applies methodological approaches spanning the epidemiological, geospatial, and biostatistical sciences. Recent research contributions include the Yale University Independent Review of the JIAF (co-I), contributions to the NIH Fogarty Center’s Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises project (PI), and an NIAID award entitled, “Remote data for characterizing the SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk environment in humanitarian crises” (PI).

Before joining the University of Geneva, Dr Poole completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Neukom Institute for Computational Science of Dartmouth College and a fellowship at the UNOCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data.

Dr Poole graduated from the Global Health and Population Department at the Harvard Chan School. She received her MPH in global health from Brown University and her BA in Fine Art from Seattle University.


A combination sampling approach for epidemiologic research in humanitarian settings: a case analysis of a study of depressive disorder prevalence among refugees in Greece. Poole DN, Raymond NA, Berens J. et al.  BMC Public Health, 2021: 21: 272.

Spatial-temporal trends in forced migrant mortality, 2014–2018. Poole DN,Hedt-Gauthier B, Bärnighausen T, Verguet S, Castro M. BMJ Global Health, 2020: 5: 10.

Distal determinants of mental health conditions for asylum-seeking children in Greece: a health system enhancement study. Rapoport L, Poole DN, Kazanas K, Mourtzaki M, Bump J. Distal determinants of mental health conditions for asylum-seeking children in Greece: a health system enhancement study. Health Policy, 2020: 124: 10.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in complex humanitarian crises. Poole DN,Escudero DJ, Gostin LO, Leblang D, Talbot EA. International Journal for Equity in Health, 2020; 19: 41.

Sequential screening for depression in humanitarian emergencies: a validation study of the Patient Health Questionnaire among Syrian refugees. Poole DN, Liao S, Larson E, Hedt-Gauthier B, Raymond N, Bärnighausen T, Smith-Fawzi M. Annals of General Psychiatry, 2020; 19: 5.

Gender bias in publishing. Sharma J, Poole DN. The Lancet, 2018; 392: 10157.

Major depressive disorder prevalence and risk factors among Syrian asylum seekers in Greece. Poole DN, Hedt-Gauthier B, Liao S, Raymond N, Bärnighausen T. BMC Public Health, 2018; 18: 908.

A rights-based approach to information in humanitarian assistance. Scarnecchia DP, Raymond NA, Greenwood F, Howarth C, Poole DN. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2017 Sep 20. Edition 1.

For a comprehensive list of Dr Poole’s publications, please visit this page.