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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; HIV; India; Public Health; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Global Health; Maternal-Fetal Relations; Risk Reduction Behavior

Trace Kershaw, PhD, focuses on the social and structural determinants of health (e.g., sexual health, substance use, mental health, reproductive health) among adolescents and emerging adults. His current focus is using innovative technologic methods to understand how social (e.g., how ones friends, partners, and family) and geographic context (e.g., how the places one goes and lives) influences their behaviors and health. Further, he is an expert in developing interventions aimed to improve the...

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Jeannette R Ickovics, PhD

Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

Visiting Professor, Yale-National University of Singapore (2017-2018)

Founding Director, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement

Deputy Director, Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Community Health Services; Epidemiology; Obesity; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; Urban Health

Jeannette R. Ickovics is the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Yale University. She will be a Visiting Professor at Yale-National University of Singapore for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Ickovics was Founding Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health. She is Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, and Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research...

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Danya Elizabeth Keene, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Health Policy; Urban Health; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

Danya Keene's mixed-methods research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a particular focus on issues related to housing, neighborhoods and place. For example, her work has examined how urban revitalization and public housing demolition may affect the health of low-income African American communities in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally. She is also conducting mixed methods research that explores linkages between home foreclosure and health. Dr. Keene is...

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Becca Levy, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology

Research Interests

Aging; Environment and Public Health; Mental Health; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Social Justice; Social Sciences; Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr. Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence older individuals’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the health of older individuals.Her studies have been conducted by longitudinal, experimental, and cross-cultural methods.

She has received a...

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Alice M. Miller, JD

Associate Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer in the MacMillan Center and Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Research Interests

HIV; Human Rights

Alice Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. An expert in gender, sexuality, health and international human rights, Miller previously taught at the University of California,...

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Joan K Monin, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Research Interests

Diseases; Psychiatry and Psychology; Phenomena and Processes

Professor Monin’s research examines how emotional processes affect health in older adult relationships. Her research combines survey methods and laboratory experiments to understand the mechanisms (e.g. emotional contagion, cardiovascular reactivity) and moderators (gender, individual differences in attachment) involved in these processes. Currently her research focuses on understanding how caregivers and care recipients support one another in late life marriage.

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John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Research Interests

Anxiety; Behavioral Sciences; Depression; HIV; Mental Health; Social Behavior; Social Change; Social Conditions; Social Sciences; Behavioral Research; Social Stigma

John Pachankis studies the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, experimental, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical psychologist, his...

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Director, Global Health Concentration

Research Interests

Brazil; Breast Feeding; Child Health Services; Community Health Workers; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Mexico; Obesity; Rwanda; Global Health; Healthcare Disparities

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and maternal, infant and young child community nutrition education/counselling...

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Yusuf Ransome

Assistant Professor

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Katie Wang, PhD

Medical School Recruit - Assistant Professor

Dr. Wang's research broadly focuses on the role of stigma as a psychosocial determinant of health disparities across various marginalized populations, including people with mental illnesses and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. She uses a combination of experimental and survey methods to examine the impact of stigma on mental and behavioral health outcomes, such as depressive symptoms and substance use. She is also interested in developing interventions to...

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Marney A. White, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Eating Disorders; Obesity; Psychometrics; Tobacco Use Disorder

Marney A. White, PhD, MS, is a clinical psychologist, specializing in eating and weight disorders. In addition to her appointment as Associate Professor Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, she holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry (Yale School of Medicine). Dr. White's research focus is on weight and eating problems, with particular emphasis on the interaction of tobacco use with eating disorders and weight concerns. Current projects focus on the...

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Research Scientists

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Sarah K. Calabrese, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Sarah K. Calabrese earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University (Washington, DC) in 2012. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) HIV Prevention Interdisciplinary Training Program at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University (New Haven, CT) in 2014. Broadly speaking, her research focuses on racial stereotypes and discrimination in the context of HIV prevention, sexual wellbeing, and...

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Shayna Danelle Cunningham, MHS, PhD

Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Shayna Cunningham, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the fundamental determinants of health disparities and the development, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable intervention strategies that address them. She is an expert in the field of sexual and reproductive health and has extensive experience in the use of mixed methods research design, program and policy development and...

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Kathleen O'Connor Duffany

Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

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Amber J Hromi-Fiedler, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Dr. Amber Hromi-Fiedler is currently an Associate Research Scientist with the Office of Community Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler obtained her B.A. in Psychobiology from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, in 1994. In 2002, she obtained her M.P.H. from the University of Connecticut and in 2007 she obtained her Ph.D. from the same university. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler specializes in community nutrition with...

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John Dovidio

Dean of Academic Affairs of the FAS; Carl I. Hovland Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Professor Dovidio's work centers around issues of social power and social relations, both between groups and between individuals. He explores both conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) influences on how people think about, feel about, and behave toward others based on group membership and its implications for health and healthcare disparities. He alsp studies ways for reducing the negative impact of conscious and unconscious biases.

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Eva Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

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Dawn W Foster, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health

A central theme of my research is the focus on social psychological principles related to etiology, prevention, and treatment of substance use among adolescents and young adults. My research objective is to better understand individual and contextual factors associated with risks for substance use so as to inform intervention and prevention efforts.

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Thomas Michael Gill, MD

Humana Foundation Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Investigative Medicine

Director, Yale Program on Aging

Director, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Director, Yale Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders

Director, Yale Training Program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research

Research Interests

Aging; Disability Evaluation; Epidemiology; Geriatrics; Geriatric Assessment; Clinical Trial

Dr. Thomas Gill is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Investigative Medicine and the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale University. He received his research training in clinical epidemiology as a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at Yale, and he joined the faculty in 1994 after completing an additional year as a geriatrics fellow. Dr. Gill is a leading authority on the epidemiology and prevention of disability among older persons and is the recipient of...

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Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center

Director, Center for Research Engagement

Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program

Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Internal Medicine; Global Health; Women's Health; Caribbean Region; Healthcare Disparities; Social Discrimination

Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Reserach Engagement, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare...

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Catherine Sophie Panter-Brick

Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs

Professor Panter-Brick's research consists of critical analyses of health and wellbeing across key stages of human development, giving special attention to the impact of poverty, disease, malnutrition, armed conflict, and social marginalization.



She has directed large interdisciplinary projects in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. These projects include work on global public health and health interventions, mental health,...

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Andrew V Papachristos

Professor

Andrew Papachristos is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University and an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and . His research focuses on social networks, neighborhoods, street gangs, and interpersonal violence.

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Peter Salovey, PhD

President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

President of the University

Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Emotions; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Psychology, Applied; Psychology, Social; Health Behavior; Risk Reduction Behavior; Emotional Intelligence; Health Communication; Psychiatry and Psychology

Peter Salovey is the 23rd president of Yale University, the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, and professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, where his research on health behavior has focused on the effectiveness of health promotion messages in persuading people to change risky behaviors relevant to cancer and HIV/AIDS. His presidential term began in July 2013.

To read his full biography, please visit http://president.yale.edu/about-president-salovey.

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Megan Veenema Smith, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center

Director, Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership

Co-Director, Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program

Research Interests

Child Psychiatry; Chronic Disease; Mental Health; Stress, Psychological; Urban Health; Women's Health; Substance-Related Disorders; Healthcare Disparities; Psychiatry and Psychology

Megan Smith is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and in the Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the Yale School of Public Health. Smith is the Founder and Director of the nationally acclaimed Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, a community-academic partnership to improve maternal mental health among low-income women through a community-driven, place-based approach. Smith is currently...

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Jacob Kraemer Tebes, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry

Director, The Consultation Center

Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Program Director, NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention

Research Interests

Primary Prevention; Public Health; Social Change; Social Justice; Program Evaluation; Cultural Diversity; Vulnerable Populations; Resilience, Psychological; Community-Based Participatory Research

Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center, and in Epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director of The Consultation Center. Dr. Tebes also serves as Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from...

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Mary Elizabeth Tinetti, MD

Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Section Chief, Geriatrics

Research Interests

Accidental Falls; Decision Making; Geriatrics; Risk Factors

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Lecturers

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Robert Joseph Bazell

Professor (Adjunct), Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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Elaine O'Keefe

Executive Director, Office of Public Health Practice and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Executive Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Executive Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

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