Trace Kershaw, PhD

Department Chair and Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Research Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS | Social & Behavioral Sciences | YSPH Global Health Concentration

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

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

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.


  • 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

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Trace Kershaw, PhD
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 415
New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthRoom 415
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034

Advancing Relationships and Community Health