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Kathryn YountProfessor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health


  • PhD in Social Demography, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  • MA in Demography, Johns Hopkins University, 1994
  • BA in Political Science and French, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1991


Dr. Kathryn Yount is Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health (2012) and Professor of Global Health and Sociology (2015) at Emory University. Her research centers on the social determinants of women’s health, including mixed-methods evaluations of social-norms and empowerment-based programs to reduce gender-based violence and health disparities in underserved populations. She has been funded continuously since 2002 from U.S. federal agencies, private foundations, and foreign agencies to work in parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and underserved communities in Atlanta. These collaborations have culminated in more than 180 publications in the social sciences and global health.

Dr. Yount is founding director of GROW, an initiative to advance scholarship, leadership, and social change with respect to women’s and girls’ empowerment, the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and women’s health. In 2016, Dr. Yount received the university-wide Women of Excellence award for Mentoring from the Center for Women at Emory. Currently, Dr. Yount serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Population Association of America (2018-2020), an invited member of advisory boards on DfID- and BMGF-funded women’s empowerment and GBV prevention initiatives, and member to the DfID-funded Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) consortium. For GAGE, Dr. Yount is research lead for the impact evaluation of the Room-to-Read Girls’ Education Program in Nuwakot and Tanahun districts of Nepal.

At Emory, the university faculty have elected Dr. Yount to serve as President of the University Senate and Chair of the University Faculty Council (2015), where she led the initiative to develop formal university-wide tenure and promotion guidelines. She has served as a member of Provost-appointed committees to revise university policies on authorship, scholarship, mentorship, and ethics in research; a member of all major graduate scholarship committees for the Laney Graduate School, and Chair of the Social Sciences Sub-committee, University Research Committee, which awards funding for faculty research. In 2019, the graduate faculty elected Dr. Yount to serve on the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School, which advises the Dean on graduate policies, curricular revisions, and new courses and programs (2019-2022).

Dr. Yount lives in Atlanta with her twin daughters and husband. Connect with her and her team on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


social demography, public health, research methods

International social demography; public health research; gender; sociology of the family; life course studies; research methods