Yale University

Trace Kershaw, Ph.D.

  • Department Chair and Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health
  • Director, CIRA
  • Member, Executive Committee, CIRA


Trace Kershaw, PhD, focuses on the social and structural determinants of health (e.g., sexual health, substance use, mental health, reproductive health) among adolescents and emerging adults. His current focus is using innovative technologic methods to understand how social (e.g., how ones friends, partners, and family) and geographic context (e.g., how the places one goes and lives) influences their behaviors and health. Further, he is an expert in developing interventions aimed to improve the health and well being of adolescents and emerging adults.

He is the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of two HIV Training Grants (Yale AIDS Prevention Training, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars), and Director of the Development Core for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). He has twice won Mentor of the Year and is the Chair of the YSPH Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also serves on expert panels for the NIH and CDC and on several journal editorial boards.