Joann’s research focuses on the paradigm of One Health with a particularly interest in its ethical underpinnings. She advocates for incorporating One Health and wellbeing into policies and program from global to local levels.
Joann spent seven years living in the regions of Sabah and North Borneo (Malaysia) and the country of Niger working on zoonotic disease. These experiences inspire her ongoing publications in veterinary medical, public health, animal welfare and infectious diseases. Her most recent publication with Gretchen Kaufman, DVM is a chapter on “One Health and One Welfare,” to be published in 2022 in One Welfare in Practice: The Role of the Veterinarian by CRC Press.
A graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health, Joann is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and Honorary Diplomate of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES). She also serves as Northeast Director of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medical Association, Epidemiology Section Editor of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, Board member of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition, and Vice Chair of the Uxbridge MA Board of Health.
She is the former Chair of the One Health Commission Board of Directors and its One Health Education Task Force. Before that she served as Senior Manager of Disaster Operations and Haiti Program with the Humane Society International and at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she taught courses in one health and conservation medicine.
A former EIS Officer and Fellow in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s State-based Epidemiology for Public Health Practice Program, and recipient of a One Health grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to assess the application of One Health by veterinarians during the avian influenza pandemic in Southeast Asia.
Joann is also an avid competitive dragon boat racer and shameless lover of dogs.