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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

Contact Information

Trace Kershaw, PhD

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Public Health

    Room 415, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States

Research Summary

Professor Kershaw's research is in the area of HIV/STD prevention and reproductive and maternal-child health. Specifically, he is interested in 1) the role of interpersonal relationships (e.g., romantic, social network, family) on sexual health, reproductive health, mental health, and substance use of adolescents and emerging adults; 2) the development of behavioral interventions to improve sexual, reproductive, and mental health of adolescents and emerging adults; and 3) the use technology and social networking to assess and intervene on risk behavior of adolescents and emerging adults. 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 adolescents and emerging adults 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 has expertise in advanced data analytic strategies including structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, dyadic data analyses, and social network analysis.

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.


Research Interests

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

Public Health Interests

Community Health; Global Health; HIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Maternal & Child Health; Health Equity, Disparities, Social Determinants and Justice

Selected Publications

Clinical Trials