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Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) at Yale School of Public Health, Physiatrist, and Executive Director of the Sports Equity Lab. As a clinician-scientist, her passion is developing sophisticated solutions to clinical and social challenges. Purposefully elevating the voices of disadvantaged individuals and leveraging her background in global athletics and medicine, she is actively engaged in local and international sports communities, particularly focused on athletes with disabilities and those who have experienced trauma. Her research has won numerous awards and is regularly featured on local and international podcasts, including the 2019 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Best Overall Research award, and the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Centre for Sport and Human Rights, JAMA Open Network, and Madame Athlete podcasts. In all of her work, she emphasizes the role of sports, recreation, and play for individual and collective healing. Additional leadership and advocacy roles include:

  • Chair, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Global Safeguarding Consensus
  • Chair, International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) Task Force on Physical Activity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Co-Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement on Youth Athlete Safeguarding
  • Co-Chair, Safe Sport International (SSI) Research Committee
  • Methodological Expert, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Associate Editor, British Journal of Sports Medicine

Perhaps most importantly, between 2006 and 2016, Dr. Tuakli competed in the long jump for the Ghana National Team training at IMG Academy (Bradentdon, FL) under Coach Loren Seagrave. She currently resides in Accra, Ghana.