Social & Behavioral Sciences

General Information

The mission of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Division is to promote training and research that is focused on: 

(1) understanding the psychosocial, behavioral, community, and societal influences on health in the general population, including those who are disadvantaged; and 

(2) creating multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age.

The SBS Division, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing health problems, is the conceptual successor to Yale School of Medicine’s former Institute of Human Relations, which was founded in 1929.

Social & Behavioral Sciences Leadership


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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Director, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division

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