Trace Kershaw, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

Office of International Medical Student Education

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Social & Behavioral Sciences | YSPH Global Health Concentration

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Yale Institute for Global Health


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 (T32, R25), and Director of CIRA’s Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core. He has been named both Mentor of the Year and Teacher of the Year and chairs the school’s diversity committee. He also serves on expert panels for the NIH and CDC and on several journal editorial boards.


Education & Training

PhD Wayne State University (2000)

Honors & Recognition

  • Award for Excellence on MentoringYale School of Public Health (2008)

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yale School of Public Health (2006)


  • HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers and Their Clients in India and Structural Interventions India (2011)

    Support CARE and other Avahan partners in implementing structural interventions for HIV prevention among sex workers and their clients.

  • HIV/AIDS, India, Sexual India (2010)

    Randomized Controlled Trial to Enhance Dual Protection Among PLHIV in India

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Trace Kershaw, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 415
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthRoom 415
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Advancing Relationships and Community Health