Trace Kershaw, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; HIV; India; Public Health; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Global Health; Maternal-Fetal Relations; Risk Reduction Behavior

Public Health Interests

HIV/AIDS; Maternal & child health

Research Summary

Professor Kershaw's research is in the area of HIV/STD prevention and reproductive and maternal-child health epidemiology. Specifically, he is interested in 1) the role of heterosexual men and relationships on sexual risk and reproductive health of young couples; 2) social, psychological, and biological influences on health and sexual behavior before, during, and after pregnancy; and 3) integrating HIV/STD and unwanted pregnancy prevention with prenatal and postnatal care for young couples. Currently, he is involved in several research projects assessing the influence of behavioral interventions aimed to reduce the occurrence of HIV/STD and negative perinatal and postnatal outcomes for young women in the United States and abroad.

Additionally, Professor Kershaw is interested in methodological and quantitative issues related to designing, implementing, and evaluating applied behavioral interventions. He is particularly interested in quantitative methods to identify high-risk groups for development of targeted interventions and the development and evaluation of dyadic interventions. Professor Kershaw has participated in several research projects assessing the influence of dyadic interventions on the quality of life and health of couples. He plans to extend this methodology to the area of HIV/STD-prevention among pregnant women and their partners.

Specialized Terms: HIV/STD prevention; Reproductive epidemiology; Maternal-child health epidemiology

Extensive Research Description

Understanding Cell Phone Networks Using Cell Phones: This project uses Mobile Spy ( software to document all cell phone calls, text messages, and GPS coordinates that members of social networks make to each other to better understand how communication and information flow within networks influences health.

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Contact Info

Trace Kershaw, PhD
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
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

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