Yale University

Lauretta E. Grau, Ph.D.

  • Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), Yale School of Public Health
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, CIRA
(203) 785-2904


Dr. Grau is a clinical psychologist with training in health psychology. She is currently involved in several projects, including: a qualitative study to understand how family dynamics may serve as barriers or facilitators to initiation of or adherence to HIV or substance abuse treatment, a longitudinal study on HIV risk among suburban injectors, and a study of opioid-involved accidental deaths in Connecticut. Her research interests include HIV prevention and health promotion among injection drug users and studying novel approaches to harm reduction efforts in Russia, Vietnam, and Ecuador. Dr. Grau has also conducted HIV prevention research on sexually active adolescents and the promotion of consistent condom use among at-risk youth. She has expertise in the development and validation of quantitative instruments to identify the cognitive and emotional correlates of risk and preventive health behaviors. On a broader lever, Dr. Grau is interested in research that will result in the development and implementation of individual, family, and community-based HIV prevention interventions.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Community Planning
  • Drug Users
  • Hepatitis
  • Substance abuse treatment and prevention
  • Family Systems Theory