Faculty

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Judith Lichtman, PhD, MPH

Department Chair

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Department Chair, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Research Interests

Epidemiology; Heart Diseases; Quality of Health Care; Research; Stroke

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Michael Bracken, PhD, MPH, FACE

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Professor of Neurology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Co-Director, Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Research Interests

Pediatrics

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Mayur Desai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Research Interests

Mental Disorders; Cardiovascular Diseases; Epidemiologic Methods; Health Services Research; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Veterans; Emigrants and Immigrants

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Andrew Dewan, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Asthma; Genetics; Sepsis

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Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Brain Neoplasms; Epidemiology

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Adrienne Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Metals; Pregnancy; Molecular Epidemiology; Nutritional Sciences

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Nicola Hawley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Jeannette Ickovics, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology

Director, Community Alliance for Research & Engagement (CARE)

Deputy Director and Director of Training, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Research Interests

Community Health Services; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care

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Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Exercise

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Danya Keene, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Health Policy; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

HIV; Maternal-Fetal Relations

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Becca Levy, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology

Research Interests

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

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Xiaomei Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Neoplasms

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Alice Miller, JD

Associate Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer in the MacMillan Center and Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law and Assistant Clinical Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

HIV; Human Rights

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Joan Monin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Diseases; Psychiatry and Psychology; Phenomena and Processes

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John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Director, Global Health Concentration

Research Interests

Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Obesity

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Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Esophageal Neoplasms; Ovarian Neoplasms; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Polymorphism, Genetic; Gonadal Steroid Hormones; Stomach Neoplasms; Helicobacter pylori; Molecular Epidemiology; Germ-Line Mutation; Host-Pathogen Interactions

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Fatma Shebl, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Neoplasms; Hepacivirus

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Shiyi Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Scientists

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Sarah Calabrese, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

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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Brenda Cartmel, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography


Dr. Cartmel's primary research interests are in the area of cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. Dr. Cartmel is collaborating on a large case control study of basal cell carcinoma in young people. The goal of this study is to explore the etiology and genetics of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of nonmelanoma skin cancer, with a particular focus on UV exposure from tanning beds. Her recently funded grant will investigate the genetics of tanning addiction. In addition to this...

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Research Interests

Carcinoma; Tanning; Nutritional Sciences

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Shayna Cunningham, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Leah Ferrucci, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Leah M. Ferrucci, PhD, MPH is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Ferrucci earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH in the Social and Behavioral Sciences of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. She received a PhD in nutritional cancer epidemiology through a joint training program with Yale University and the National Cancer Institute. Throughout her training, Dr. Ferrucci focused on modifiable cancer risk...

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Research Interests

Public Health; Tanning; Colorectal Neoplasms

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Amber Hromi-Fiedler, PhD, MPH

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

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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Beth Jones, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Assistant Director for Diversity and Health Equity, Yale Cancer Center

Cancer Screening Program Director, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Biography

Dr. Jones is a cancer epidemiologist whose work and teaching focus is on health disparities. Her research is focused on racial/ethnic differences in cancer screening and cancer outcomes. Current work has focused on the Hispanic/Latino population with studies of predictors of mammography screening and other health behaviors, breast density, and colorectal cancer screening in Hispanic/Latinas living in the Northeast, US. She has also recently collaborated with an international team of...

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Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Environment and Public Health; Neoplasms; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Health Status Disparities; Health Care

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Erica Leifheit-Limson, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases; Stroke

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Lingeng Lu, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Neoplasms

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Rong Wang, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Diseases; Health Care

Secondary

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Vincent DeVita, Jr, MD

Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, was the Director of the Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. He spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and in 1980, the President of the United States appointed him director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program, a position he held until 1988. From 1988 until be returned to Yale in 1993, he was...

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Research Interests

Hodgkin Disease; Lymphoma; Molecular Biology; Health Care

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John Dovidio

Carl I Hovland Professor of Psychology

Prof Psychology

Professor

Biography

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 conducst research on aversive racism, a contemporary subtle form of prejudice, and on techniques for reducing conscious and unconscious biases.

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Thomas 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

Biography

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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Research Interests

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

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Bonnie Gould Rothberg, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Pathology

Biography

Dr. Gould Rothberg is currently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology) at the Yale School of Medicine with secondary appointments in the Departments of Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Pathology. She received her MD (1994), MPH (2005) and PhD in Epidemiology (2009) all from Yale University. Her current research is focused on developing prognostic models for early-stage cancers where the risk of recurrence following curative surgery is ~50%...

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Research Interests

Immunohistochemistry; Melanoma

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Elena Grigorenko, PhD

Emily Fraser Beede Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology

Biography

Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko received her Ph.D. in general psychology from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1990, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University, United States, in 1996. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. She has received awards for her work from five different divisions of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 7, 10, 15, and 24). She also won the APA Distinguished Award for Early...

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Research Interests

Learning Disorders; Psychology

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Cary Gross, MD

Professor of Medicine (General Medicine), in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Cary Gross is a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year. He completed the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1999.

The over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between evidence...

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Elan Louis, MD, MS

Professor of Neurology and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Chief, Division of Movement Disorders

Biography

A graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BA, 1984), Yale Medical School (MD, 1989), and Columbia University School of Public Health (MS, Epidemiology, 1995), Dr. Louis joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University faculty in 1995 and was for many years a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology before being recruited to Yale University in 2015 to be Chief of the Movement Disorders Division in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Louis’ principal academic interest is in...

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Research Interests

Central Nervous System Diseases; Environment and Public Health; Humanities; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Nervous System Diseases; Neurologic Manifestations; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Neurotoxicity Syndromes

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Ruth McCorkle, RN, FAAN

Florence Wald Prof Nursing

Interim Specialty Director, Adult Health

Biography

A pioneer in oncology nursing, Ruth McCorkle has been named the first Florence Schorske Wald Professor at the Yale School of Nursing (YSN). McCorkle is currently professor of Nursing, former director of the Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, and she was chair of the Doctor of Nursing Science Program from 1998-2004. She was also the program leader for Cancer Control at the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (YCCC) from 1998-2000 and a professor in the Department of...

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Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

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

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Faculty, Global Health Leadership Institute

Biography

Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Core Faculty in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Research Faculty at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute. 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...

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Research Interests

Healthcare Disparities

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Catherine Panter-Brick

Professor of Anthropology and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

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 Papachristos

Associate Professor of Sociology, in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

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

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Peter Salovey, PhD

President of the University

President of the University

Biography

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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Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Emotions; Psychological Phenomena and Processes; Psychology, Applied; Psychology, Social; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH

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

Director, New Haven Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership

Research Interests

Women's Health; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Jacob 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

Biography

Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center, and in Public Health 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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Research Interests

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

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Mary Tinetti, MD

Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Investigative Medicine

Section Chief, Geriatrics

Research Interests

Geriatrics

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Marney White, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Research Scientist in and Associate Research Scientist in Psychology

Biography

Marney A. White, PhD, MS, is a clinical psychologist, specializing in eating and weight disorders. In addition to her appointment as Associate Professor in Psychiatry, she has a secondary appointment in Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. 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 influence of smoking on factors related to...

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Research Interests

Eating Disorders; Obesity; Psychometrics; Tobacco Use Disorder

Voluntary & Adjunct

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Demetrius Albanes, MD

Professor (Adjunct) of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH

Biography

Dr. Carroll-Scott is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Carroll-Scott’s research focuses on the social and contextual determinants of persistent community-level health disparities and the application of community-based participatory research methods to understanding and eliminating such disparities. Her work with CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement focuses on the health status of New Haven residents – particularly the social, economic, and...

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James Rawlings, MPH

Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Douglas Shenson, MD, MPH, MS, MA

Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography


Dr. Shenson is Associate Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Director, Clinical Preventive Services, at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. Dr. Shenson also directs Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (SPARC), a nonprofit agency dedicated to expanding the population-wide use of disease prevention services. As part of his work at SPARC, Dr. Shenson leads the Vote & Vax program, which is developing and testing a national strategy to provide...

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Research Interests

Humanities; Diseases; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena; Health Care

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Rachel Stolzenberg-Solomon, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Herbert Yu, MD, PhD

Professor (Adjunct) of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Yu is associate professor at Yale School of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and a molecular epidemiologist with training in medicine, epidemiology, and clinical biochemistry. Dr. Yu has been involved in cancer research for over 20 years, and has had extensive experience in population-based epidemiologic investigation and patient-based clinical studies. Dr. Yu has conducted numerous epidemiologic and clinical research projects, addressing various issues in cancer...

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Research Interests

Neoplasms

Lecturers

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Mary Ann Booss, CHES, RN

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Public Health Practice Manager, Office of Public Health Practice

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Edward Bortnichak, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Amy Darefsky, PhD, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Brenda Fenton, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Lloyd Mueller, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and in Public Health

Biography

As commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Dr. Mullen oversees the state’s leading public health agency. Appointed to this position by Governor Dannel Malloy in December 2010, Dr. Mullen has combined clinical work, research, teaching and administration throughout a career focused on improving the health of all people, especially the underserved.

Prior to joining the department, Dr. Mullen was director of the Bureau of Community Health and Prevention at the Massachusetts...

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Elaine O'Keefe

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Executive Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Executive Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

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Bernard Schachtel, MD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Denise Stevens, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Denise Stevens is President and founder of MATRIX Public Health Solutions (www.matrixphs.com), a small New Haven, Connecticut based public health “think and do organization” that provides technical assistance to governments (local, state, federal), industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care systems. She has an international reputation as a leader in health systems change initiatives related to chronic disease. Denise was the Director of Evaluation for Community...

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Peter Van Ness, PhD, MPH

Senior Research Scientist in Medicine (Geriatrics) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and in Medicine (Geriatrics)

Co-Director, Biostatistics Core, Yale Program on Aging

Biography

Dr. Van Ness is a senior biostatistician at the Program on Aging in the Geriatrics Section of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Co-Director of the Biostatistics Core of the Yale Program on Aging. He specializes in the analysis of categorical and longitudinal data. His research work addresses the statistical challenges arising in clinical research with older study participants, e.g., evaluating instrument reliability, designing small...

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Research Interests

Epidemiologic Methods; Religion and Medicine; Research Design; Socioeconomic Factors; Statistics as Topic; Biomedical Research

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Kimberly Yonkers, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Director, Center for Wellbeing of Women and Mothers

Biography

The work of my research group includes investigations into the clinical course, etiopathology and treatment of psychiatric disorders as they occur in women. A major component of this work includes investigations into the occurrence and treatment of illnesses in pregnancy and the postpartum period, and across the menstrual cycle. This area, by its nature, cuts across disciplines and requires psychiatric expertise, as well as knowledge in neuroscience and reproductive biology.

Reciprocally, we...

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Research Interests

Anxiety Disorders; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Mood Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Sexual and Gender Disorders