Lauretta E Grau, PhD

Research Scientist

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases


Dr. Grau is a clinical psychologist with training in health psychology and expertise in identifying the cognitive and emotional correlates of risk and preventive health behaviors. She has been involved in the field of HIV prevention research for over two decades during which time she has been working with syringe exchange programs and community-based organizations in the U.S., Russia, Vietnam, and Ecuador. Dr. Grau has been involved in multisite, longitudinal evaluations of syringe exchange programs (SEPs), public health interventions implemented through SEPs, and studies of suburban injectors. She has experience in HIV and hepatitis prevention research with sexually active adolescents, minority and substance-using populations, and people who inject drugs and their families. More recently, her research interests include mixed methods studies of technology-based harm reduction interventions, examination of opioid-involved fatalities in Connecticut, and analysis of the HIV Care Continuum. On a broader level, Dr. Grau is interested in research that will result in the development and implementation of individual, family- and community-based harm reduction interventions.

Education & Training

PhD George Mason University (1996)


  • Developing a Comprehensive Model of the HIV Care Continuum in Nine Small Cities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island Sturbridge, MA, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Opioid-Involved Fatalities among Connecticut Residents: 2009 - 2014 New Haven, CT, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • The SHERPA Project: Findings on Injection Drug Use in the Suburbs of Southwestern Connecticut El Paso, TX, United States (2012 - 2012)

  • Narrative Data Mining Workshop: Applying a Transdisciplinary Framework New Orleans, Serbia (2010 - 2010)

  • Qualitative Interviewing Skills and Public Health Research St. Petersburg, Northern Mariana Islands (2009 - 2009)

  • Instrument Development for Public Health Research Projects St. Petersburg, Northern Mariana Islands (2009 - 2009)

  • Evaluation of Psychometric Properties and Instrument Validation St. Petersburg, Northern Mariana Islands (2009 - 2009)

  • Opioid Overdose Surveillance in Connecticut New Brunswick, NJ, Serbia (2008 - 2008)

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Lauretta E Grau, PhD
Office Location
135 College Street, Ste 200
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
135 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034