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Jonathan Links

Jonathan M. Links, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy and Management, Radiology and Radiological Science, Emergency Medicine, Public Safety Leadership, Civil Engineering and Business
  • Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response

Jonathan M. Links, Ph.D., is a medical physicist with a B.A. in medical physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1977), and a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from The Johns Hopkins University (1983). Dr. Links is currently a professor of environmental health sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint professorial appointments in health policy and management at the school of public health, in radiology and radiological science and in emergency medicine at the school of medicine, in public safety leadership at the school of education, in civil engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and in business at Carey Business School.

Dr. Links is the university’s vice provost and chief risk and compliance officer. In this role, he is responsible for its institutional risk management program, which includes the compliance program; the crisis management program; the health, safety and environment program; and the insurance program.

Dr. Links directs the Center for Public Health Preparedness, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded center focusing on disaster mental health and public health systems research, training, and professional practice. He is also deputy director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, which is responsible for all disaster planning for the university and health system.

Dr. Links was the lead author on the analysis of Baltimore City’s response to the April 2015 civil unrest contracted by the mayor’s office.

Dr. Links is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. He is a past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, a 16,000-member professional medical society that deals with the use of radioactivity and radiation in medicine. Dr. Links is currently Baltimore City’s emergency preparedness expert, working with the health, fire and police departments.

Dr. Links’ interests include emergency management and disaster preparedness and response, medical imaging-based biomarkers, and radiation dosimetry and risk assessment. He has published more than 135 original scientific papers and one textbook.

Education and Professional Preparation

  • B.A., Medical Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1977
  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, 1983

Professional Experience

2015-PresentProfessor, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
2015-PresentVice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, The Johns Hopkins University
2015-PresentJoint Appointment, Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins  University Whiting School of Engineering
2013-2015Chief Risk Officer, The Johns Hopkins University
2011-2012Senior Adviser for University Crisis and Risk Management, The Johns Hopkins University
2010-PresentJoint Appointment, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2009-PresentProfessor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
2007-PresentDeputy Director, Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response
2007-2013Deputy Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2006-2010Co-Founder and Area Leader (Health and the Environment), Johns Hopkins University Institute for NanoBioTechnology
2005-PresentJoint Appointment, Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2004-PresentDirector, Center for Public Health Preparedness, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1998-PresentProfessor, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1989-1998Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
1983-1989Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
1983-PresentJoint Appointment, Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1979-1983Research Scientist, Radiology and Radiological Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Awards and Honors

1983Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
1993Teaching Quality Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
1995Advising, Teaching, and Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2000Advising, Teaching, and Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2003Excellence in Online Teaching Award (Best Instructor), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2006Golden Apple (Best Instructor), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2007Cofounders Award, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
2011Election to National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
2012Stebbins Medal, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Selected Publications 

  • Everly GS, Sherman MF, Nucifora F, Langlieb A, Kaminsky MJ, Links JM. A quantitative expression of resiliency in the workplace: An odds ratio analysis. Int J Emerg Mental Health 10: 169-176, 2008
  • Barnett DJ, Taylor HA, Hodge JG, Links JM. Resource allocation on the frontlines of public health preparedness and response: Report of a summit on legal and ethical issues. Public Health Reports 124: 295-303, 2009
  • Barnett DJ, Balicer RD, Thompson CB, Storey JD, Omer SB, Semon NL, Bayer S, Cheek LV, Gateley KW, Lanza KM, Norbin JA, Slemp CC, Links JM. Assessment of local public health workers' willingness to respond to pandemic influenza through application of the extended parallel process model. PLoS ONE 4:e6365, 2009
  • Barnett DJ, Levine R, Thompson CB, Wijetunge GU, Oliver AL, Bentley MA, Neubert PD, Pirrallo RG, Links JM, Balicer RD. Gauging U.S. emergency medical services workers’ willingness to respond to pandemic influenza using a threat- and efficacy-based assessment framework. PLoS ONE 5: e9856, 2010
  • McCabe OL, Barnett DJ, Taylor HG, Links JM. “Ready, Willing, and Able:” A framework for assessing preparedness. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness 4: 161-168, 2010
  • Barnett DJ, Thompson CB, Errett NA, Semon NL, Anderson MK, Ferrell JL, Freiheit JM, Hudson R, Koch MM, McKee M, Mejia-Echeverry A, Spitzer J, Balicer RD, Links JM. Determinants of emergency response willingness in the local public health workforce by jurisdictional and scenario patterns: A cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health 12: 164, 2012
  • McCabe OL, DiClemente CC, Links JM. Applying Behavioral Science to Workforce Challenges in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness System. American Journal of Disaster Medicine 7: 155-166, 2012
  • Everly GS, Barnett DJ, Links JM. The Johns Hopkins Model of Psychological First Aid (RAPID – PFA): Curriculum development and content validation. Int J Emerg Mental Health 14: 95-103, 2012
  • McCabe OL, Perry C, Azur M, Taylor HG, Gwon H, Mosley A, Semon N, Links JM. Guided preparedness planning with lay communities: Enhancing capacity of rural emergency response through a systems-based partnership. Prehosp Disaster Med 28: 1-8, 2013
  • McCabe OL, Everly GS, Brown LM, Wendelboe AM, Hamid NHA, Tallchief VL, Links JM. Psychological first aid: A consensus-derived, empirically supported, competency-based training model. Am J Public Health 104: 621-628, 2014
  • O. Lee McCabe, Natalie L. Semon, Jeffrey M. Lating, George S. Everly Jr, Charlene J. Perry, Suzanne Straub Moore,, Adrian M. Mosley, Carol B. Thompson, Jonathan M. Links. An Academic/Government/Faith Partnership to Build Disaster Mental Health Preparedness and Community Resilience: Program Description and Lessons Learned. Public Health Reports 129: 96-106, 2014
  • Jacobson EU, Inglesby T, Khan AS, Rajotte JC, Burhans RL, Slemp CC, Links JM. Design of the National Health Security Preparedness Index. Biosecurity Bioterrorism 12: 122-131, 2014
  • Everly GS, McCabe OL, Semon NL, Thompson CB, Links JM. The development of a model of psychological first aid for non-mental health trained public health personnel: The Johns Hopkins RAPID-PFA. J Public Health Management Practice 20: S24-S29, 2014
  • O. Lee McCabe, Natalie L. Semon, Carol B. Thompson, Jeffrey M. Lating, George S. Everly, Charlene J. Perry, Suzanne Straub Moore, Adrian M. Mosley, Jonathan M. Links. Building a National Model of Public Mental Health Preparedness and Community Resilience: Validation of a Dual-Intervention, Systems-Based Approach. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness 8: 511-526, 2014