Molly Lasater, PhD

Associate, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Molly holds a PhD in International Health and is an Associate in the International Health Department at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a mixed methods scientist with expertise in social and behavioral interventions and psychiatric epidemiology, Dr. Lasater applies her training to the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative multidisciplinary mental health prevention and promotion interventions among populations living in contexts of adversity, such as conflict, chronic disease, and low-resource contexts, and among communities heavily impacted by climate change. Her current research interested include (1) understanding the multifaceted relationship between common mental disorders, social determinants of health and violence, with particular emphasis on the perinatal period; (2) interventions to promote psychosocial well-being of populations living in situations of complex adversity; and (3) understanding the complex interplay among climate change, conflict and mental health using a systems dynamics approach.


Professional Expertise


Epidemiology, Public health, Anthropology, Social and behavioral sciences


Common mental health conditions, Displaced population health, migration/refugee issues, Gender-based violence and intimate partner violence, Maternal and child health, Climate change

Methodological Areas

Intervention development and testing, Measurement/psychometrics, Program evaluation, Qualitative methods, Quantitative methods

Strategies expertise

Community engagement, Task shifting/sharing

Intervention Expertise

Parenting interventions, Psychosocial skills, Cognitive behavioral therapy

Partnership Expertise

International NGOs