Catherine Lee, PhD

Associate, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Catherine is an Associate with the Departments of International Health and Mental Health, as well as the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Lee has extensive public health program implementation and research with over sixteen years of in-depth experience in Southeast Asia with a focus on populations Thailand and Myanmar. She is proficient in Thai language and conversant in Myanmar language. Her research expertise focuses on the application of qualitative research to the design and evaluation of interventions, specifically focused on conflict-affected and humanitarian settings and mental health and psychosocial support programs, as well as input from local communities on these processes. She also has experience designing and conducting multiple randomized controlled trials of mental health interventions. She is the Founder and Director of Global Reach Consulting, LLC, a company that provides technical advising services to governments, international non-governmental organizations, universities, and donors to design, implement, and evaluate public health interventions in conflict-affected and low- and middle-income countries.


Professional Expertise


Health promotion/education, Public health


Common mental health conditions, Conflict/post-conflict settings, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Primary health care

Methodological Areas

Community engagement and CBPR, Implementation science, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Research evaluation methods

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Capacity building, Dissemination and implementation, Intervention scale-up, Partnership development, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Mental health awareness/promotion, Campaigns/information, education, and communication, Health system interventions, Psychosocial skills

Partnership Expertise

Community-based organizations/coalitions, Funding agencies, Health departments/health agencies, International NGOs, Schools and universities