Dr Gillian Mckay

Honorary Research Fellow in Social Science

United Kingdom

Gillian McKay, DrPH, RN, is an Honourary Research Fellow with a specialism in primary and secondary impacts of epidemics. She is currently working with Elrha's R2HC programme where she works to ensure that the research Elrha funds meets the priority needs of the humanitarian community and is shared with the right people to make change. She has previously worked with the World Health Organization, the International Rescue Committee, UK-Med, Imperial College, GOAL Global and others.

As a recent DrPH graduate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine she is well connected to evidence-generation efforts in the global health space. Her DrPH researched how communities were engaged in large epidemics of Ebola and how their knowledge and experiences were integrated into response actions.

Gillian contributes to research and policy in the fields of epidemic disease, community engagement in humanitarian crises, maternal health, gender and human rights, and the health impacts of global trends including urbanization, migration, and climate change.

Gillian holds a BSN from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is active in Canadian academic circles as a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Outbreaks & Epidemics
Humanitarian Crises
Gender and Health
Maternal Health
Family Planning
Health Systems Strengthening
Research Area
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Social and structural determinants of health
Health in humanitarian crises
Adolescent health
Health policy
Infectious disease policy
Disease and Health Conditions
Ebola virus
Sierra Leone
Democratic Republic of the Congo
South Sudan
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

English headteacher perspectives on school responses to protect student and staff mental wellbeing in the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic
MCKAY, G; VENNER, G; NGUIPDOP-DJOMO, P; MANGTANI, P; SUNDARAM, N; Lacey, A; Dawe, F; Jones, P; Lelii, F; Ladhani, S; BONELL, C;
Health education journal
Post-COVID-19 condition and persisting symptoms in English schoolchildren: repeated surveys to March 2022.
WARREN-GASH, C; Lacey, A; Cook, S; Stocker, D; Toon, S; Lelii, F; Ford, B; Ireland, G; Ladhani, SN; Stephenson, T; NGUIPDOP-DJOMO, P; MANGTANI, P; COVID-19 Schools Infection Survey 2 Study Group,;
BMC infectious diseases
National and regional prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in primary and secondary school children in England: the School Infection Survey, a national open cohort study, November 2021SARS-CoV-2 antibody prevalence in school children.
Powell, AA; Ireland, G; Leeson, R; Lacey, A; Ford, B; Poh, J; Ijaz, S; Shute, J; Cherepanov, P; Tedder, R; BOTTOMLEY, C; Dawe, F; MANGTANI, P; Jones, P; NGUIPDOP-DJOMO, P; Ladhani, SN; COVID-19 Schools Infection Survey Group,;
The Journal of infection
Family Planning in the Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak: Women's Proximal and Distal Reasoning.
MCKAY, G; ENRIA, L; Nam, SL; Fofanah, M; Conteh, SG; LEES, S;
Studies in family planning
How can countries create outbreak response policies that are sensitive to maternal health?
Takemoto, ML S; MCKAY, G; Amorim, M; Gbomosa, CN; Tengbeh, AF; Wenham, C;
Covid-19 has forced a reckoning—the UK has much to learn from low income settings
Boland, S; MCKAY, G; Black, B; MAYHEW, S;
BMJ Opinion
Pandemics constrain resources even of wealthy nations
Black, B; Boland, S; MAYHEW, S; MCKAY, G;
Delivering core NHS and care services during the Pandemic and Beyond
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