Faculty

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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

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...

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Research Interests

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

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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

Biography

Jeannette R. Ickovics is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and of Psychology at Yale University. She was the Founding Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health (2000-2012). Dr. Ickovics is Director of CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement -- committed to bringing "evidence to action" to improve health. She is also Deputy Director for the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, where she served as Director of Training since its...

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Research Interests

Community Health Services; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care

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Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH is an associate professor (with tenure) at the Yale School of Public Health and co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin's research focuses on how lifestyle/behavioral factors influence cancer risk and survival. She is particularly interested in examining the biological mechanisms that mediate the relationship between obesity, physical activity and women’s cancers (breast, ovarian and uterine). Dr. Irwin...

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Research Interests

Exercise

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Danya Keene, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Danya Keene's mixed-methods research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a particular focus on issues related to housing, neighborhoods and place. For example, her work has examined how urban revitalization and public housing demolition may affect the health of low-income African American communities in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally. She is also conducting mixed methods research that explores linkages between home foreclosure and health. Dr. Keene is...

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Research Interests

Health Policy; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

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Becca Levy, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology

Biography

Becca Levy is an associate professor (with tenure) at the Yale School of Public Health. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Psychology.

Dr. Levy's research explores psychosocial factors that influence elders’ cognitive and physical functioning, as well as their longevity. She is credited with creating a field of study that focuses on how positive and negative age stereotypes, which are assimilated from the culture, can have beneficial and adverse effects, respectively, on the...

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Research Interests

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

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Joan Monin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Professor Monin’s research examines how emotional processes affect health in older adult relationships. Her research combines survey methods and laboratory experiments to understand the mechanisms (e.g. emotional contagion, cardiovascular reactivity) and moderators (gender, individual differences in attachment) involved in these processes. Currently her research focuses on understanding how exposure to a loved one’s suffering affects the physical and psychological health of older adult...

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Research Interests

Diseases; Psychiatry and Psychology; Phenomena and Processes

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John Pachankis, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

John Pachankis studies the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. His research specifically seeks to identify the psychological and social contextual influences that might explain LGBT individuals’ disproportionate experiences with several adverse mental and physical health outcomes, like depression and substance abuse. He uses social epidemiological, psychological, and mixed methods approaches to conduct this research. Drawing on his background as a clinical...

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Director, Global Health Concentration

Biography

is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs. His health disparities research...

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Research Interests

Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Obesity

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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Shayna Cunningham, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Kathleen Duffany

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Secondary

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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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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

Child Development; Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Learning Disorders; Psychology; Public Health; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Global Health; Zambia

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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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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)

Biography

Alice Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. An expert in gender, sexuality, health and international human rights, Miller previously taught at the University of California,...

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Research Interests

HIV; Human Rights

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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

Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

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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David Snow, PhD

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

Biography

David L. Snow, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Snow is a clinical/community psychologist who has extensive experience in the design and evaluation of preventive interventions in community settings, particularly in the workplace and school systems, and in research aimed at identifying key risk and protective factors predictive of substance use/abuse, psychological symptoms, intimate...

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Research Interests

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

Lecturers

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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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