Michelle Dynes, Ph.D, MPH, MSN, RN, CNM

Michelle Dynes, Ph.D, MPH, MSN, RN, CNM


Reproductive Health Scientist, CHAMPS

Michelle DynesDr. Michelle Dynes is a Nurse Epidemiologist with the Division of Reproductive Health in the Field Support Branch at CDC where she designs, implements and evaluates research and programmatic activities related to global maternal, newborn and child health. In addition to being a part of the CHAMPS science and pregnancy surveillance team, she leads a project looking at the quality of maternal health services across health facilities in Kigoma Region, Tanzania.

Previously, Dr. Dynes worked with the Division of Global HIV & TB at CDC as a Senior Global Nursing Advisor. During that time, she was the lead for the African Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives, which brings together and supports nursing and midwifery leaders across 20 countries in Africa.

From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Dynes served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in the Division of Global Health Protection at CDC. During that period, she led reproductive health surveillance and data collection activities among refugee and internally displaced persons populations in Tanzania, Jordan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, and most recently led health promotion activities in Sierra Leone during the Ebola Epidemic.

Dr. Dynes has been a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse Midwife for 19 and 16 years, respectively.  Prior to joining CDC, she gained clinical expertise in reproductive health while working as a nurse-midwife on the Yale University Faculty Practice and at Mayo Clinic for nearly a decade. While at Mayo Clinic, she developed and implemented Somali CARES, a novel program designed to improve health outcomes for Somali refugees using culturally appropriate educational techniques.

Over the span of seven years as a reproductive health consultant, Dr. Dynes also carried out work in the countries of Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Mali, gaining expertise in program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and community needs assessment. Dr. Dynes received her PhD from Emory University in 2013, MPH from the University of Minnesota in 2008, MSN from Yale University in 2000, and BA from Luther College in 1997.