Elena Savoia

Research Scientist

Landmark Center, 3rd Floor East
401 Park Drive
Boston, Massachusetts 02215



Elena Savoia, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician specialized in preventive medicine, public health and quantitative methods; her area of expertise is in public health emergency preparedness systems research. She joined the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness (HSPH-CPHP) in 2004 and been a co-investigator of the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (HSPH-PERRC) since 2008. During the past nine years, her research interests have focused on the application of measurement methods to assess public health and healthcare system preparedness levels. Dr. Savoia provided technical assistance to national, state and local agencies to identify training needs, assess capacity gaps, measure performance during tabletop and functional exercises (>70 exercises) and identify lessons learned in the response to real events (i.e. after action reports). She has served in multiple emergency preparedness advisory boards at the national, state and local level and has worked with first responders and planners across New England. She has conducted studies at the population and system level interviewing and surveying the general public as well as public officials (i.e. during the H1N1 pandemic) and collaborated with NACCHO, ASTHO, CDC and ASPR on several projects including a recent assessment of barriers in the administration of emergency preparedness funds. Dr. Savoia is currently the deputy director of the HSPH Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (HSPH-PERLC) and has committed her career to the study of emergency preparedness.