Dr. Chamberlain has a background in biodefense policy, public health preparedness and vaccine promotion. She serves as Acting Director of the Emory Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research. Her research interests are in public health preparedness, maternal vaccination, vaccine promotion, implementation science and public health ethics. She is particularly interested in helping healthcare providers become more adept at communicating public health-related topics to their patients.
Since August 2017, Dr. Chamberlain has worked as an epidemiology consultant with the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH). In this role, she assists the county with data analysis needs while working to forge a stronger academic-public health partnership between Emory and Fulton County. She loves getting students involved in her research projects at FCBOH; example projects include: assisting with revamping the county's points of dispensing (POD) plan for mass countermeasure distribution, examining risk factors for recurrent syphilis among Fulton County residents, identifying predictors of HIV seroconversion among women seeking care at the FCBOH clinic and recruiting study participants for a PrEP for HIV-focused survey at the 2018 Atlanta pride events. More about her interest in academic-public health partnerships can be found here: https://jphmpdirect.com/2018/09/19/allison-chamberlain-podcast/
Dr. Chamberlain has served as the academic advisor to the Emory Student Outbreak Response Team (SORT) since 2015. In this role, she sits on SORT's steering committee, providing guidance to the SORT leadership regarding community partnerships, project opportunities and ways to more effectively extend their training, service and research capacities.