Dabney Evans is Executive Director of the Emory University Institute of Human Rights. She received her Master of Public Health degree in 1998. Since that time she has served a lecturer in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Evans teaches courses in "Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Human Rights" and "Health and Human Rights." In addition, Evans has served as a training instructor to more than 1,000 public health practitioners from over 20 countries. Evans was co-principal investigator for the “Tibet Trauma Study” which examined trauma, mental health and perceptions of human rights among adolescent Tibetan refugees. Evans was conference planning chair of the international conference, “Lessons Learned from Rights Based Approaches to Health” which brought together more than 350 participants from 40 countries in April 2005. Between 2002-2004, Evans was coordinator of an intensive public health study trip to Havana, Cuba for Master’s level students and now serves on the Medical Education in Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), a non-governmental organization whose aim is to promote sharing of medical practice, education, policies and research that contribute to improving health care quality and accessibility in the USA, Cuba and throughout the world.

Evans is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Service Honor Society and chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the American Public Health Association. She serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Trauma and Torture Survivors, the Refuge Media Project and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship. Evans is faculty advisor to two student groups: Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) based in the Emory University Medical School and Human Rights Action (HuRA) based in the Rollins School of Public Health. In 2007 she was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community

Service Award.Evans is a doctoral candidate at the University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom) in law. Her dissertation research focuses on the nondiscriminatory provision of the right to health in several countries.