Trace Kershaw PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Departments & Organizations

Office of International Medical Student Education

Office of Student ResearchHIV/AIDSSchool of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences; Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Global Health Concentration


Trace Kershaw, PhD, specializes in the integration of sexual, reproductive, and maternal-child health. He is an expert in the role of interpersonal relationships on health and is currently studying the role of cell phones and social networks on health. He lectures internationally on these topics.

After completing his PhD at Wayne State University, Professor Kershaw came to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). Since then he has rapidly moved up the ranks to Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences 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.


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University , 2000

Selected Publication

  • Kershaw, T.S., Lewis, J.B., Westdahl, C., Wang, Y.F., Rising, S.S., Massey, Z., and Ickovics, J.R. Using Clinical Decision Trees to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections during Pregnancy. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, in press.

Latest Honor and Recognition

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