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Rich Dunville

Pronouns: He/Him

Principal Research Scientist
Rich is a leading public health researcher and emergency response specialist with a wealth of experience at the state, federal, and international levels.

Rich directs a range of projects focusing on evaluation, formative research, and thought leadership on a variety of topics, including HIV and aging, climate change and health, and preparedness and response, including COVID-19 and Long COVID. 

Rich currentyly leads a HRSA-funded multi-site evaluation of emerging strategies to improve health outcomes among persons aging with HIV. In addition, he is leading a CMS-funded effort to develop actionable steps the agency can take to advance health equity and environmental justice in extreme weather and other emergency events. His portfolio also includes several preparedness and response activities, notably including a synthesis of research on Long COVID to inform the National Research Plan at the request of the White House. 

Prior to joining NORC, Rich worked for over 15 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He spent much of that time in the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) leading evaluations of local and state HIV and chronic disease prevention programs. More recently, he was Deputy Director of an office in the Office of the Director where he was responsible for overseeing flagship programs and anticipating future policy and population health needs across CDC.

Concurrently, he held the rank of Commander with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and deployed 17 times. Domestically, he held progressively increasing leadership roles in the field during emergency responses. Globally, he developed a niche as a field epidemiologist with language skills and was often assigned to the World Health Organization as CDC’s only representative. Rich also founded the first LGBT employee resource group within a uniformed service.


Master of Public Health

Yale University

Bachelor of Science

Purdue University

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Honors & Awards

Health Service Officer Responder of the Year | 2014

U.S. Public Health Service

Meritorious Service Medal | 2000

U.S. Public Health Service

Outstanding Service Medal | 2000

U.S. Public Health Service

Finalist, Charles Shepherd Award | 2000

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention