Dr. Stacy Okutani is a research associate at the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and has policy expertise in biosecurity, biosurveillance, and WMD issues. In addition to her affiliation with CISSM, Dr. Okutani currently works at the Homeland Security Institute, a Department of Homeland Security federally funded research and development center, on efforts relating to her expertise, as well as community resilience and strategic planning.
Dr. Okutani did her post-doctoral work at Georgetown University Medical Center and later served on the research faculty. While at Georgetown, she was the deputy director for research and evaluation, for a prototype biosurveillance project. Dr. Okutani has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and has been invited to make presentations to Sandia National Laboratories'' Cooperative Monitoring Center and the International Studies Association. She also was invited to participate in a NATO Advanced Research Workshop on issues related to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Dr. Okutani’s publications have addressed policy challenges in the areas of biosecurity and public health.
Dr. Okutani has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.