Colette (Coco) Auerswald, MD, MS, Associate Professor in the UC, Berkeley School of Public Health and Director UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She holds academic positions at both the both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California. She is a pediatrician specialized in adolescent medicine. Her research consistently focuses on the effects of poverty and of social/cultural context on the health of our society’s most disadvantaged youth. Her projects include the study of the contribution of cultural and social factors to HIV and STD-related behaviors in marginalized youth populations (including homeless youth, low-income youth of color, and LGBTQ youth in San Francisco, and street children in East Africa); the sampling of hard-to-reach populations; the role of social networks in adolescent health; and the use of mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in adolescent health research.
With her invaluable experience in collaborative projects at the intersection of social epidemiology, medical anthropology and adolescent health, Coco brings a unique perspective to her role as a Bixby Faculty Associate.