Yale University

Kimberly Hieftje, Ph.D.

  • Associate Research Scientist in Medicine (General Medicine), Yale School of Medicine
  • Member, Clinical and Health Services Research Core, CIRA
(203) 737-5595


Dr. Hieftje's research interests primarily focus on health promotion and behavior change through the use of electronic media. Her research focus began to cultivate as a doctoral student at Indiana University where she studied health behavior in the context of human development and the family.  After receiving her Ph.D. in Health Behavior in 2009, Dr. Hieftje accepted a position at Yale University, School of Medicine, where she has continued to develop as a researcher with an emphasis on electronic media and health behavior change. Currently, she is the Project Coordinator for the NIH grant "An Interactive Video Game for HIV Prevention in Early Adolescents" which focuses on the development and evaluation an interactive video game designed to provide at-risk minority youth the opportunity to acquire and practice skills in order to avoid or reduce their risk behaviors that can lead to HIV or other STD infections. Dr. Hieftje is also a team member of the Play2Prevent initiative (www.play2prevent.org), a platform for the development of video games for health prevention in youth and young adults, on which the current HIV prevention video game is being created.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Health behavior change
  • Electronic media and health
  • Adolescent development