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Fiona Doherty is a PhD Candidate in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and later worked as an Extension Support Specialist in a statewide position with Cornell. In 2021, she earned her MSW with a specialization in community and social justice. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing climate change impacts on well-being among vulnerable groups and rural communities. She has experience with mixed methods research and systematic reviews. Her community-engaged, interdisciplinary work is driven by the pursuit of social and environmental justice. In 2020, Fiona received the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant for a two-year community-engaged research project focused on understanding Ohio beginning farmers’ stress. Fiona’s research has resulted in seven published peer-reviewed articles, including two as the first author. Her research has been highlighted in news sources such as The Guardian and the United Nation’s Prevention Web. Fiona has presented her work at several interdisciplinary conferences, including the American Public Health Association, Society for Social Work Research, and the Planetary Health Alliance annual meetings. She has experience teaching and guest lecturing online, in-person, and in community settings. Fiona was a 2021-2022 Albert Schweitzer Fellow and a recipient of the 2023 Selma & Alexander W. Erlen Award for demonstrating excellence in service, academics, and scholarship as a doctoral student.

Research Interests

Environmental and climate justice
Food justice
Extreme weather and disasters
Community-engaged research