Yale University

Donna M. Cole, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Law, Trinity College
  • Former Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)


Professor Cole is a medical sociologist with public health expertise in infectious diseases. She is a former research fellow of the Yale School of Public Health, where she conducted research on racial health equity and HIV/AIDS among African American women. Her research examines the health consequences of criminal justice and drug policies for African Americans and emphasizes community-based, anti-racist research methodologies and the analysis of health policies regarding racial health equity and bioethics.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Status of health and education in post-colonial Botswana
  • Data collection for CDC study on primary sexual assault and violence prevention
  • Trained in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Structural intervention in prevention of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa