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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Department Chair and Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Public Health

    Room 415, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Trace Kershaw, PhD, focuses on the social and structural determinants of health (e.g., sexual health, substance use, mental health, reproductive health) among adolescents and emerging adults. His current focus is using innovative technologic methods to understand how social (e.g., how ones friends, partners, and family) and geographic context (e.g., how the places one goes and lives) influences their behaviors and health. Further, he is an expert in developing interventions aimed to improve the health and well being of adolescents and emerging adults.

He is the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of two HIV Training Grants (Yale AIDS Prevention Training, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars), and Director of the the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has twice won Mentor of the Year. He also serves on expert panels for the NIH and CDC and on several journal editorial boards.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Wayne State University (2000)


  • HIV Prevention Among Sex Workers and Their Clients in India and Structural Interventions
    India 2011
    Support CARE and other Avahan partners in implementing structural interventions for HIV prevention among sex workers and their clients.
  • HIV/AIDS, India, Sexual
    India 2010
    Randomized Controlled Trial to Enhance Dual Protection Among PLHIV in India

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Award for Excellence on MentoringYale School of Public Health2008
Award for Excellence in Teaching, Yale School of Public Health2006

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