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Laura McDonald, GMH Faculty

Laura McDonald has a PhD in Public Health (Psychiatric Epidemiology) from the Bloomberg School of Public Health where she focused her doctoral research on the relationship between joblessness and depression in post-conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina.  The foundation of her interest in international studies began during her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.  This interest was further developed while pursuing her Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and during her work with Dr. Mollica at the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT). While in Cambridge, she worked at HPRT as a Researcher for a number of years where she supported studies in Cambodia and Bosnia for which she undertook field-level research.  She has also worked for a number of international organizations including, among others: The World Food Programme (Rome), Action contre la Faim (France) and Handicap International. She has also worked in the Health, Education and Social Protection sectors of the World Bank in various capacities for a number of years in Africa (specifically, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Mauritania, Mali, Sao Tome e Principe, Cameroon, DRC, Congo-Brazzaville, Central African Republic) and the Middle East (specifically West Bank and Gaza, Israel and Jordan). In her current position with the World Bank, she provides support to education operations in West and Central Africa, with a particular emphasis on evaluations of sector-wide interventions. She recently provided technical guidance in the development of a psychosocial project to support survivors and individuals affected by Ebola in Liberia.