Katharine Robb

Katharine Robb

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative
Kate Robb

Katharine (Kate) Robb, MPH DrPH works on applied research and innovative approaches to solve urban environmental health challenges. She completed her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2019. Her dissertation focused on her work with the Innovation Field Lab Massachusetts program. Through problem-oriented design and experimentation, she developed and implemented a novel social-service referral program within the City of Chelsea’s Inspectional Services Department. The program leverages the unique role of housing inspectors to link at-risk residents with services to prevent problem properties and social/health crises. She also created an approach to using city data to predict housing code violations with public health consequences. She is continuing this work through her postdoctoral fellowship. Before returning to school to complete her doctorate, Kate was the Associate Director of Research Projects at the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) at Emory University. There, she led multi-country research projects on sanitation-related exposures in urban slums and WASH conditions in healthcare facilities in low-resources settings. Kate has also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE International, and AmeriCorps.

Kate grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s in Public Health at Emory University. Outside of work, she loves travel, running, and weekend adventures.