Mercyhurst University

David Dausey, Ph.D.

Provost and Executive Vice President

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(814) 824-2268

David J. Dausey, (PhD Yale University) is an experienced academic administrator trained at Harvard University in higher education management and leadership.   He is currently the Provost and Executive Vice President at Mercyhurst University.  Dausey was formerly Dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health which eventually grew to become the Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences.  Dausey was the Founding Chair of the Public Health Department and the Founding Director of the Mercyhurst Institute of Public Health.  He maintains his faculty credentials as a full tenured Professor of Public Health at Mercyhurst University and a Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Dausey is an international authority on health care and public health.  He is a trusted voice on public health matters who is regularly consulted by the media for his views on topics ranging from health care reform to infectious diseases.  He has received thousands of media mentions in print media around the world including USA Today, the Washington Post and US News and World Report.  He has conducted interviews for a wide range of radio and television news media including: NPR, NBC, and ABC.  In the United States, he has worked on the ground with local and state public health agencies in all regions of the country including agencies in: Connecticut, Louisiana, California, Georgia, Texas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Virginia.  Internationally, he has led, directed or participated in projects in more than twenty countries including: Mexico, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, China, Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania.  His research has been profiled in some of the nation's leading medical and public health publications including JAMA and The Nation's Health. He has received millions of dollars in grants to fund his research from some of the nation’s top foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and from numerous government agencies and organizations including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dausey has served as a director or trustee on the board of a variety of organizations including the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, Health Careers Futures, Techbridge World, the American College of Health Care Executives, and Women for a Healthy Environment.


Dausey was one of the first researchers to develop and quantitatively test measures to assess the performance of US public health agencies. His research on disease surveillance in US public health agencies gained international attention and sparked an ongoing debate about what should be expected of public health agencies when responding to infectious disease outbreaks.  Dausey is an international expert on regional disease surveillance.  He developed evaluation metrics and tools for public health agencies around the world to assess their ability to detect and respond to pandemics. He and his colleague Melinda Moore were the first to coin the term "sub-regional disease surveillance networks" to describe the emerging trend of transnational disease surveillance cooperation. Dausey and Moore developed the first framework for evaluating the sustainability of such networks comprising of strategic and tactical sustainability-enabling factors that can be used to characterize networks and to orient planning for their sustainability into the future.


Prior to joining the Mercyhurst faculty in 2011, Dausey was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the Senior Director of Health Programs and Initiatives at the H. John Heinz III College. Dausey maintains an honorary faculty position at Carnegie Mellon as a Distinguished Service Professor. Dausey was also formerly a full-time researcher at the RAND Corporation where he remains as a senior consultant working on projects related to global public health. After receiving his bachelor degree in psychology from Mercyhurst University, Dausey was trained in epidemiology and public health at Yale University by some of the world’s leading health researchers including: Mark Schlesinger (dissertation chair), Robert Dubrow, Stanislav Kasl, Michael Bracken, Sarah Horwitz, and Theodore Holford. While at Yale, he served as a teaching fellow for several of the flagship courses of the program including the Principles of Epidemiology. Dausey was subsequently trained in higher education leadership and administration at Harvard University at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Education. He employs the case study method that he learned at Harvard in many of his classes.



Dausey is an award-winning teacher. He uses a variety of pedagogical techniques from case studies to simulations and exercises to get his students interested in the subject matter and to make them curious to explore it more. He teaches a wide range of courses at Mercyhurst including the Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Health and Health Care Policy. He has taught in a variety of locations in the US including New Haven, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC as well as international locations including Nairobi and Adelaide. He has extensive experience with teaching distance learning courses and using asynchronous learning techniques.  Dausey also has extensive experience with study abroad.  He has lead, advised or participated in study abroad initiatives in Mexico, Vietnam, Ireland, Ghana, Uruguay, Bangladesh and Tanzania.



Dausey graduated from Mercyhurst with the highest Latin honors (summa cum laude) where he received the social and behavioral sciences award for academic excellence during graduation. At Yale, Dausey was a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, which fully funded his graduate studies and provided an annual stipend for his research. Dausey’s research on pandemic influenza preparedness in Southeast Asia received a Gold Award in 2007 from the RAND Corporation. The President of RAND gives this award annually in recognition of exemplary research. Dausey also has been recognized for his role as a role model and mentor to students at Carnegie Mellon University where he received both the Alpha Theta Mentorship Award and the Panhellenic Intrafraternity Council Role Model Award in 2008. Students who want to recognize professors that have made a lasting impression on them and who provided them with mentorship and guidance outside of the classroom nominate professors annually for these awards. Dausey is an accomplished teacher and has developed pedagogical techniques that have been adopted by other professors. In recognition of his teaching, in 2010 he received Carnegie Mellon’s Marcia Wade Teaching Award given annually to one professor every year at graduation. Dausey was also acknowledged at Carnegie Mellon’s “Celebration of Education” in 2011 for exceptional teaching.  In 2012, Dausey was elected as a fellow in the American College of Epidemiology.


Select Publications

1.Dausey DJ, Moore M.  Using Exercises to Improve National and Sub-Regional Public Health Preparedness in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:474.

2.Toro ML, Garcia-Mendez Y, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J.  Comparison of a manual wheelchair designed and produced in Mexico to a wheelchair produced in China based on ISO testing and clinician and user feedback.  Proceedings from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North American Annual Conference, 2013.

3.Toro ML, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J.  4R Model for Lifelong Mobility: increasing wheelchair lifecycle in less resourced settings.  Proceedings for the 29th Annual International Seating Symposium.  PS4.1: 150-153, 2013.

4. Toro ML, Garcia Y, Ojeda AM, Dausey DJ, Pearlman J.  Quantitative exploratory evaluation of the frequency, causes and consequences of rehabilitation wheelchair breakdowns delivered at a pediatric clinic in Mexico.  Health Research Policy and Systems.  Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23: 48-64, 2012.

5.Moore M, Dausey DJ, Phommasack B, Tok S, Guoping L, Nyein SL, Ungchusak K, Vung ND.  Sustainability of Sub-Regional Disease Surveillance Networks.  Global Health Governance, 2: 1-43, 2012.
Moore M, Dausey DJ.  Response to the 2009-H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in the Mekong Basin: Surveys of Country Health Leaders.  BMC Research Notes, 4:361, 2011.

6.Kilbourne AM, Fullerton CA, Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Hermann RC. A Framework for Measuring Quality across Silos:  The Case of Mental Disorders and Co-occurring Conditions. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 19:113-116, 2010.

7.LaTourrette T, Davis LE, Howell DR, Sama PR, Dausey DJ.  Public Health Preparedness and Response to Chemical and Radiological Incidents: Functions, Practices, and Areas for Future Work. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.

8.Parker A, Nelson C, Shelton S, Dausey DJ, Lewis M, Pomeroy A, Leuschner K.  Measuring Crisis Decision-Making for Public Health Emergencies.  Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.

9.Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Herrell JM.  Performance Measures for Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders.  Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy, 4:18, 2009.

10.Shelton S, Chan EW, Nelson C, Dausey DJ, Lotstein D, Zambrano J, Parker A, Abramson D.  A Workshop Template to Assess and Improve SNS Planning.  Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2009.

11.Nelson C, Beckjord E, Dausey DJ, Chan E, Lurie N, Lotstein D.  How Can We Strengthen the Evidence Base in Public Health Preparedness?  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2:247-250, 2008. 

12.Lurie N, Dausey DJ, Knighton T, Moore M, Zakowsky S, Deyton L.   Community Planning for Pandemic Influenza: Lessons from the VA Health Care System.  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2: 251-257, 2008. 

13.Desai RA, Dausey D, Rosenheck R.  Suicide among discharged psychiatric inpatients in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Military Medicine, 173: 721-728, 2008.

14.Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, Bahney B, Haviland A, Zakowski S, Lurie N. Improving and Enhancing Telephone Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Public Health Agencies.  American Journal of Public Health, 98: 1706-1711, 2008.

15.Dausey DJ, Pincus HA, Herrell JM, Rickards L.  States’ Early Experience in Improving Systems-Level Care for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders.  Psychiatric Services 58:903-905, 2007.

16.Dausey DJ, Chandra A, Schaefer AG, Bahney B, Haviland A, Zakowski S, Lurie N. Improving and Enhancing Telephone Based Disease Surveillance Systems in Local Public Health Agencies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2007.

17.Moore M, Dausey DJ.  Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Partners Regional Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise: After Action Review.  Bangkok, Thailand: MBDS Publication, 2007.

18.Jackson BA, Buehler J, Cole D, Cookson S, Dausey DJ, Honess-Moreale H, Lance S, Lurie N, Molander RC, O’Neal P. Bioterrorism with Zoonotic Disease.  Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2007.

19.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Buehler J.  Designing and Conducting Tabletop Exercises to Assess Public Health Preparedness for Man Made and Naturally Occurring Biological Threats. BMC Public Health 7: 92, 2007. 

20.Jackson BA, Buehler J, Cole D, Cookson S, Dausey DJ, Honess-Moreale H, Lance S, Lurie N, Molander RC, O’Neal P.  Bioterrorism with Zoonotic Disease and Public Health Preparedness: Issues and Opportunities at the Boundary Between the Public Health, Agriculture, and Law Enforcement Sectors.  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science 4: 287-292, 2006.

21.Dausey DJ, Aledort J, Lurie N.  Tabletop Exercises for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Local Public Health Agencies.  Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 2006.

22.Aledort J, Lurie N, Ricci K, Dausey D, Stern S.  Facilitated Look-Backs at Annual Influenza Season. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, 2006.

23.Kilbourne AM, Salloum I, Dausey D, Cornelius JR, Conigliaro J, Xu X, Pincus HA.  Quality of Care for Substance Use Disorders in Patients with Serious Mental Illness.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 30: 73-77, 2006.

24.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A.  Public Health Response to Urgent Case Reports.  Health Affairs W5:412-9, 2005.

25.Desai RA, Dausey DJ, Sernyak M, Rosenheck RA.  The Effects of Federal Verses State Funding and Academic Affiliation on Mental Health Services.  Administration and Policy in Mental Health 32:267-83, 2005.

26.Dausey DJ, Ricci KA, Stoto MA, Sloss EM, Davis LM, Lurie N, Myers SS, Olmsted SS, Ridgely MS, Wasserman J.  Communication with the Public in Outbreaks of West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A in the United States.  Working Paper, 2005.

27.Desai RA, Dausey DJ, Rosenheck R.  Mental Health Service Delivery and Suicide Risk: The Role of Individual Patient and Facility Factors.  American Journal of Psychiatry 162: 311-318, 2005. 

28.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A, Meade B, Molander R, Ricci K, Stoto M, Wasserman J.  Bioterrorism Preparedness Training and Assessment Exercises for Local Health Agencies. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.

29.Dausey DJ, Lurie N, Diamond A, Meade B, Molander R, Ricci K, Stoto M, Wasserman J.  Tests to Evaluate Public Health Disease Reporting Systems in Local Public Health Agencies (ISBN-10: 0833038273). Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.

30.Stoto MA, Dausey D, Davis L, Myers S, Olmsted S, Ricci K, Ridgely S, Sloss L, Wasserman J, Lurie N.  Learning from Experience: The Public Health Response to West Nile Virus, SARS, Monkeypox, and Hepatitis A outbreaks in the United States. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.

31.Stoto MA, Olmsted SS, Sloss EM, Dausey DJ, Davis LM, Lurie N, Myers SS, Ricci KA, Ridgely MS, Wasserman J.  Public Health Assessment in Outbreaks of West Nile Virus, SARS, Moneypox and Hepatitis A in the United States. Working Paper, 2005.

32.Taneilian T, Ricci K, Stoto M, Dausey DJ, Davis L, Myers S, Olmsted S, Willis H.  Exemplary Practices in Public Health Preparedness.  Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2005.

33.Farley DO, Chinman MJ, D’Amico EJ, Dausey DJ, Engberg JB, Hunter SB, Shugarman LR, Sorbero M.  Evaluation of the Arkansas tobacco settlement program (ISBN-10: 083303748X).  Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2004.

34.Desai RA, Maciejewski PK, Dausey DJ, Calderone B, Potenza MN.  Health Correlates of Recreational Gambling in Older Adults.  American Journal of Psychiatry 161:1672-1679, 2004. 

35.Desai RA, Liu-Mares W, Dausey DJ, Rosenheck RA.  Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts in a Sample of Homeless People with Mental Illness.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 191:365-371, 2003.

36.Sernyak MJ, Dausey D, Desai R, Rosenheck R.  Prescriber Non-Adherence to Treatment Guidelines Despite a Self-Assessed Need for Neuroleptic Change.  Psychiatric Services 54:246-248, 2003.

37.Dausey DJ, Desai RA.  Psychiatric Comorbidity and the Prevalence of HIV Infection in a Sample of Patients in Treatment for Substance Abuse.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases 191:10-17, 2003.

38.Dausey DJ, Rosenheck R, Lehman A.  Preadmission Care as a New Mental Health Performance Indicator.  Psychiatric Services 53:1451-1455, 2002.  

39.Steward CL, Ortega AN, Dausey D, Rosenheck R.  Oral Health and Use of Dental Services Among Hispanics. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 62:84-91, 2002.

40.Rosenheck RA, Dausey DJ, Kasprow W, and Frisman L. Impact of Receipt of Social Security Benefits on Homeless Veterans with Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services 51:1549-1554, 2000.



Post-grad, Harvard University

Ph.D., Yale University

M.Phil., Yale University

B.A., Mercyhurst University