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  • Becca Levy

    Acting Chair

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

    Research Interests
    Aging; Environment and Public Health; Mental Health; Psychological Phenomena; Social Change; Social Justice; Social Sciences; Psychiatry and Psychology; Health Equity

    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 numerous awards for her research including a Brookdale National Fellowship for Leadership in Aging, the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America and the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Social Behavioral Sciences from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics that is given once every four years. She is an Associate Editor of the Handbook of Psychology of Aging, a consulting editor for Psychology and Aging, is on the founding editorial board of Stigma and Health, and serves on the editorial boards of GeroPsych and Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science.

    Dr. Levy has given invited testimony before the United States Senate on the effects of ageism and contributed to briefs submitted to the United States Supreme Court in age-discrimination cases.

    She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and held a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Aging and Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Science Foundation, and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.

  • Trace Kershaw

    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 health and well being of adolescents and emerging adults.

    He is the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of two HIV Training Grants (Yale AIDS Prevention Training, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars), and Director of the Development Core for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has twice won Mentor of the Year and is the Chair of the YSPH Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also serves on expert panels for the NIH and CDC and on several journal editorial boards.


  • Ashley Hagaman

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

    Research Interests
    Depression; Health Services; Suicide; Global Health; Qualitative Research; Maternal Health; Maternal-Child Health Services; Public Health Systems Research

    Ashley Hagaman, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She is also a qualitative methodologist with the Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines the complex collection of factors that influence depression and suicide in varying cultural contexts, particularly among vulnerable populations. She collaborates with several interdisciplinary teams around the world to develop and test innovative strategies to alleviate depression and enhance maternal health systems, with field sites in Nepal, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. She also contributes to the development of innovative qualitative and mixed-methods to improve the study and implementation of evidence-based health practices, incorporating and testing new passive data collection strategies and rapid analytic techniques.  

  • Danya Keene

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

    Research Interests
    Chronic Disease; Health Policy; Urban Health

    My research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a particular focus on issues related to housing and place. For example, my prior research has examined how urban revitalization and public housing demolition affect the health of low-income African American communities in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally. My research has also examined linkages between home foreclosure, mortgage strain and health. I am also interested in social stigma and its relationship to geographic and social inequality. For example, my work has examined negative representations of place or ‘spatial stigma’ as an understudied mechanism that connects places to the health of their residents. In my current work, I am using qualitative interviews and nationally representative data to examine relationships between affordable housing access and type 2 diabetes self-management and control. I received my PhD in Public Health from the University of Michigan and was an RWJF Health & Society Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Sarah Lowe

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

    Research Interests
    Anxiety Disorders; Mental Disorders; Genetics, Behavioral; Mental Health Services; Psychological Phenomena; Psychology, Clinical; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Mood Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Stress Disorders, Traumatic, Acute; Resilience, Psychological; Psychiatry and Psychology; Psychological Trauma; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

    Sarah Lowe, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the long-term mental health consequences of a range of potentially traumatic events, as well as the impact of such events on other domains of functioning, such as physical health, social relationships, and economic wellbeing. Her work explores the mechanisms leading from trauma exposure to symptoms, and the role of factors at various ecological levels – from genetics to neighborhoods – in shaping risk and resilience. She uses a range of methodologies to achieve her research aims, including structural equation modeling, latent growth curve analysis, geospatial modeling, and qualitative analysis, among others.  Dr. Lowe received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She previously held an appointment in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University, where she played a key role in developing the department’s first doctoral program.

  • Alice Miller

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health (Social & 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, Berkeley School of Law, where she was faculty director of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development, and at Columbia University, where she was co-director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from University of Washington School of Law.

  • Joan K Monin

    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.

  • John Pachankis

    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 ultimate goal is to translate the results of these studies into psychosocial interventions to improve the health of the LGBT community. You can learn more about his research at

  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla

    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 programs. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral and metabolic outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes. He has published over 200 research articles, 2 books, and numerous journal supplements, book chapters, and technical reports. He is a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Food and Nutrition Board. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by WHO, PAHO, UNICEF, FAO, UNESCO, UNDP, CDC, USDA, USAID, The World Bank, the Gates Foundation, and the Governments of Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. He obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and his MS in Food Science and his PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis.

  • Yusuf Ransome

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

    Dr. Ransome’s research investigates how social, economic, and psychosocial determinants influence racial/ethnic- and geography-related disparities in HIV care continuum indicators, alcohol and other substance use disorders, and youth homelessness. Two broad determinants of interest are a) social capital/cohesion, and b) religion, faith, and spirituality. Dr. Ransome currently has a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the direct association and underlying mechanisms between social capital and cohesion on HIV care continuum outcomes in the United States. Some methodological approaches Dr. Ransome uses in his research program include survey data analysis, multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, spatial epidemiology, and geographic information systems.

  • Katie Wang

    Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

    Dr. Wang's research broadly focuses on the role of stigma as a psychosocial determinant of mental and behavioral health disparities. She received a K01 mentored scientist career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate the associations among mental illness stigma, emotion dysfunction (i.e., intense, prolonged negative affect and/or difficulties in regulating one's emotions), and substance use among adults with depression. Some methodological approaches utilized to accomplish this research include psychophysiological assessments (e.g., heart rate variability, salivary cortisol) and ecological momentary assessment (e.g., daily diaries). Dr. Wang is also involved in a number of projects on sexual minority mental health, including a stigma coping intervention designed to address co-occurring depression, anxiety, and alcohol use problems among young sexual minority women.

  • Marney White

    Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychiatry

    Research Interests
    Feeding and 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 of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale 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 include curriculum-based interventions to improve student mental health on college campuses. 

    At YSPH she teaches courses in Questionnaire Development (psychometrics) and Behavior Change. She also teaches the undergraduate course in Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale College. 

Research Scientists

  • Marie Brault

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

    Marie A. Brault, PhD is a medical anthropologist and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Currently, her work is focused on improving adolescent-friendly approaches to sexual and reproductive health in clinical and community settings, both in the US and internationally. Dr. Brault's research interests include gender, community-based participatory research (CBPR), health disparities, maternal, child and adolescent health, mental health, empowerment, and mixed methods research. Dr. Brault has worked in India, the United States, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Yale, she completed her PhD in medical anthropology at the University of Connecticut.

  • Gabriela Buccini

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

    Research Interests
    Bottle Feeding; Breast Feeding; Child Development; Pacifiers

    Gabriela Buccini is a Postdoctoral Associate for Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) at the Yale School of Public Health. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certified by IBLCE®. She obtained her MS in Nutrition in Public Health from the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo- Brazil and in 2017, earned her Ph.D. from the same university. Both focuses on breastfeeding in Brazil. She also gained additional specialized qualifications in Public Health (2006-2008), Breastfeeding (2007) and Public Administration (2012-2013). From March-June 2015, she worked as Postgraduate Fellow in Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health. Her research experience spans Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child feeding, Lactation Counselling, Public Health, Primary Care/Family Health and Epidemiology.

  • Charles Burton

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

    Dr. Charles Burton's research examines emotional flexibility—the ability to experience and regulate emotions across a variety of contexts—and its influence on health and health-related behaviors. In one line of research, Dr. Burton charts the basic mechanisms of emotional flexibility using experimental, survey, and daily diary studies. In a second and related line of research, Dr. Burton applies these tools to social issues by examining emotional flexibility's capacity to buffer against experiences of stigma and discrimination, as well testing interventions that target emotional flexibility as a means to improve health disparities among stigmatized groups. 

  • Shayna Cunningham

    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. Working in both the private sector and in academic settings, she has been engaged in education, advocacy, and scholarship with the goal of promoting deeper understanding of the fundamental determinants of sexual and reproductive health disparities as well as solutions to reduce or eliminate them. She has led and collaborated on a wide variety of applied research projects focused on the multilevel factors that influence individuals' health behaviors and outcomes. Her areas of expertise include the use of mixed methods research design, implementation science, and program and policy development and evaluation. She has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, and collaborating with individuals from government, the private-sector, community-based organizations, and academic institutions.

  • Kathleen Duffany

    Associate Research Scientist in Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director of Research and Evaluation, Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE)

    Kathleen O’Connor Duffany, PhD, is an Associate Research Scientist in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Yale School of Public Health and Director of Research and Evaluation for CARE (the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement). Dr. O’Connor Duffany’s research examines the social, biological, behavioral, and structural barriers to health equity. Over the past two decades, her work included extensive interactions with schools and community-based organizations to improve health and education outcomes. From large scale multi-national projects, to local community-based programs, she has designed and collaborated on research studies and evaluations assessing and addressing social determinants of health with an interest in long-term structural and policy change. She works collaboratively with community partners to identify ways to improve health in the community at large and communicate findings in multiple formats to reach academicians, community residents, and policy makers – conducting ‘rigorous community research for practical benefit’.

    Dr. O’Connor Duffany was one of the lead developers and co-director of the Community Interventions in Health (CIH) study, the multinational study on chronic disease prevention, from which CARE’s research in schools and neighborhoods evolved. She was responsible for grant development across sites (India, China, Mexico), survey and protocol development, operations, implementation, and evaluation. She currently serves as interim-PI for the CDC Prevention Research Center. Locally, she serves on committees related to New Haven’s health assessment, community partnerships, and food insecurity in Greater New Haven. Additionally, Dr. O’Connor Duffany is co-lead of C3E (CARE Center for Community Evaluation), an evaluation center designed to meet assessment and evaluation needs of agencies in Greater New Haven.  


  • Amber Hromi-Fiedler

    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 emphasis in maternal and child health (MCH) both domestically and internationally. She has worked in Uganda and Ghana on different projects. In Uganda, she participated in the implementation of an MCH project with Save the Children. In Ghana, with funding from the NIH, she developed and taught an intensive course to build the capacity of local Ghanaian health professional by enhancing their knowledge and skill of analyzing nutritional data using a public domain software available through the Centers for Disease Control. In Ghana, she also collaborated in the training of nutrition staff and the development of nutrition education materials for Liberian refugee caretakers at Buduburam Refugee Camp. The nutrition education materials focused on child nutrition as well as food safety and are currently being used and distributed to caretakers to improve nutritional outcomes among Liberian refugee children. She also conducted a postdoctoral summer fellowship in Ghana examining dietary practices, food availability, and nutritional status among Liberian refugees and Ghanaians living in and around Buduburam Refugee Camp. Her current research emphasizes food security during pregnancy. She has taken the lead on the adaptation of the U.S. Food Security Scale, a national instrument to measure food insecurity, among pregnant Latina women. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler implemented one of the first longitudinal studies in Hartford, CT, examining the association between food insecurity during pregnancy and infant outcomes among Latinas. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler was recently awarded an NIH grant to gather data to inform the design of a community-based intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income pregnant Latinas. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler has presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Hromi-Fiedler has authored or co-authored several research articles in the fields of interest.


  • 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); Prof Psychology; Professor

    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.

  • Dawn W Foster

    Lecturer in 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.

  • Thomas M. Gill

    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 numerous awards, including the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award, the RWJ Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award, the 2001 Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society, the Ewald W. Busse Research Award in the Biomedical Sciences, and the 2012 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Gill holds several leadership positions at Yale, including Director of the Program on Aging and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, Director of the Center on Disability and Disabling Disorders, and Director of an NIA-funded postdoctoral training program in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research. Dr. Gill’s research and mentoring program is currently supported by an NIA Leadership Award and an NIA-funded R01, and he is a multiple PI for STRIDE, the largest fall injury prevention trial to date. His research accomplishments have been recognized through receipt of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and election to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians.

  • Jeannette Ickovics

    Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health; Dean of Faculty, Yale-NUS College; Founding Director, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement

    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 is 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 on AIDS where she was Director of an NIH training program for pre- and post- doctoral fellows for 15 years (now co-Director). Dr. Ickovics’ research investigates the interplay of complex biomedical, behavioral, social and psychological factors that influence individual and community health. She uses this lens to examine challenges faced by those often marginalized by the health care system and by society. She has expertise in running large, scientifically rigorous clinical trials in community settings. Her community-based research – funded with more than $38 million in grants from the NIH, CDC, and private foundations – is characterized by methodological rigor and cultural sensitivity. She has held important academic and community leadership positions for the past decade, honing her leadership skills and expertise. As Director of CARE, she is seen as a trusted and respected collaborator. Through her work at CARE, she secured New Haven as the first US site of Community Interventions for Health, a multi-national, multi-sectoral research collaborative focused on the prevention of chronic diseases worldwide. She was founding Chair of the Adherence Committee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (NIAID), responsible for the adherence portfolio across 27 AIDS Clinical Trials Units nationwide. Dr. Ickovics has been able to successfully accomplish all scientific goals ranging from nurturing institutional relationships, study design and implementation, recruitment and retention of hard-to-reach study participants, and data analysis, interpretation and dissemination. She has been PI on two multi-site NIH-funded randomized controlled trials on an innovative model of group prenatal care. Based on successful health outcomes, The United Health Foundation funded a dissemination study of group prenatal care in Detroit MI and Nashville TN, with an eye toward national scale-up. Dr. Ickovics is currently PI of a public-private evaluation with Merck for Mothers (evaluating the use of community health workers for pregnant women with chronic disease) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. She recently completed an NIH-funded randomized controlled obesity prevention trial at 12 middle schools in collaboration with the Rudd Center and the New Haven Public Schools. Dr. Ickovics is the recipient of national awards and recognition, and is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.

  • Marcella Nunez-Smith

    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; Director, Yale-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship

    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 Research 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 workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH-fund project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. In 2011 she received NIH funding to establish the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes and Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. Dr. Nunez-Smith has received numerous awards including the Association of American Medical College’s Herbert W. Nicken’s Faculty Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity and healthcare equity research and a 2011 American Medical Student Association’s Women Leaders in Medicine award. Dr. Nunez-Smith has a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MHS from Yale University.

    YCCI Scholar 2006

    Project: 03/01/07 - 08/31/08

    Development of an instrument to measure self-reported experiences of discrimination in health care systems

  • Catherine 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, psychosocial stress, disease ecology, nutrition, and human reproduction. Her focus on children in global adversity has included biocultural research with street children, refugees, and war-affected adolescents. She teaches courses on wellbeing, livelihoods, and health, disease ecology, nutritional anthropology, and medical anthropology.

    She has published widely on child and adolescent health, including articles on violence and mental health in Afghanistan, household decision-making and infant survival in famine-stricken Niger, the social ecology of growth retardation in Nepali slums, biomarkers of stress in contexts of violence and homelessness, the effectiveness of public health interventions, and human rights and public health approaches as applied to international work with street children.

    She has edited several books to bridge research findings into teaching practice, including Health, Risk, and Adversity (2009), Hunter-Gatherers: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (2001), Abandoned Children (2000), Hormones, Health and Behavior (1999), and Biosocial Perspectives on Children (1989). She is currently Senior Editor (Medical Anthropology section) for Social Science & Medicine. Prior to coming to Yale, Panter-Brick was Professor of Anthropology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

  • Robert Pietrzak

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory, Clinical Neurosciences Division, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

    Research Interests
    Anxiety Disorders; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Stress Disorders, Traumatic; Resilience, Psychological

    Robert H. Pietrzak completed a B.A. in Psychology at Clark University, and M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Pietrzak is Director of the Translational Psychiatric Epidemiology Laboratory in the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) at Yale School of Public Health. His primary research interests include the epidemiology of traumatic stress and resilience across the lifespan; dimensional models of stress-related psychopathology; and the effect of stress on cognition.

  • Peter Salovey

    President and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology; President of the University

    Research Interests
    Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Emotions; Psychological Phenomena; 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

  • Megan Smith

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center; Director, Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership; 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 V. Smith, MPH, DrPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences 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. Dr. Smith is also the Principal Investigator of Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty. Smith is currently working to transform systems of mental health care for low-income women with a particular focus on reducing mental health inequities related to race, ethnicity and poverty. Smith has numerous publications related to poverty, mental health and gender, and serves as Principal Investigator on studies ranging from the epidemiology of depressive and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period to the utilization of mobile health technology to reduce depression in mothers.

  • Jacob Tebes

    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) and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Executive Director of The Consultation Center, and Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing a doctoral fellowship at Yale, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. His professional activities include research, service, teaching, and administration, much of it centered on issues related to equity and social justice. His scholarship focuses on the promotion of resilience in at risk populations; the prevention of adolescent substance use; the integration of cultural approaches into practice, research, and policy; philosophy of science and its implications for community research methodology; and interdisciplinary team science. He also consults to public agencies, schools, and community-based organizations on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs and services, and on the use of evaluation data to inform practice, organizational performance, and policy. Dr. Tebes teaches or has taught postdoctoral and doctoral fellows in community and clinical psychology and in prevention science, on such topics as: prevention research methods, models of prevention, human diversity in clinical/community practice, clinical methods of child intervention, and professional development. He currently serves as the Program Director of a NIDA T32 postdoctoral research training program in substance abuse prevention, and previously served on the leadership team of Yale education/training programs in interdisciplinary team science for faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

  • Mary Tinetti

    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

    Dr. Tinetti is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health and is Chief of Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. She is a leading expert in the area of falls and fall injury risk factors identification and prevention. Her current research focus is on clinical decision-making for older adults in the face of multiple health conditions, measuring the net benefit and harms of commonly used medications, and the importance of cross-disease universal health outcomes. She is leading a national effort to develop and test an approach to health care that realigns primary and specialty care to focus on the health priorities of older adults with multiple conditions. She also chairs a group of advisors helping large health systems be Age-Friendly. Dr. Tinetti’s work is funded by the NIH and several foundations. She has published over 200 original peer reviewed articles.  She has served on several national advisory committees including the FDA, NCQA, NQF. Dr. Tinetti has received numerous awards and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.


  • Lecturer in Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

    Raja Staggers-Hakim holds a doctorate in sociology with concentrations in medical sociology and the sociology of race, class, and gender studies from Howard University (2009) and a Master’s in Public Health in community health from New York University (2001). Dr. Staggers-Hakim actively contributes to scholarship on social inequities and the critical analysis of social systems connected to disparate health in marginalized populations. Specifically, her scholarly interests focus on racial and ethnic health inequities. By examining the effects of social stratification/inequality, environmental justice, and more recently police brutality, Dr. Staggers’ research holds health policy implications specifically for racial ethnic, low income, and marginalized populations. Dr. Staggers has presented her research nationally at the Eastern Sociological Society, the Association of Black Sociologists, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Public Health Education. Her more recent writing include “The Nations Unprotected Children and the Ghost of Michael ‘Mike’ Brown: Implications on the Health and Social Development of Black Boys (2016) published in the Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment. This work considers police brutality as a public health issue which further aggravates excessive mortality among racial ethnic minorities and specifically African American boys and men. Dr. Staggers writing on the intersection of health and social justice includes an article titled “Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, and Health Inequities” (2018) published in the Western New England Law Review.

Voluntary and Adjunct