MIchelle Kaufman, PhD, MA

​Areas of Expertise:

Mentoring, Gender, Sexuality, Digital media, Health disparities

Dr. Michelle Kaufman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Kaufman has a joint appointment in the Department of International Health and is leading the mentoring component of the CROWN Project. She completed her doctoral studies in social psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2009. Her work explores how gender, sexuality, race, and socio-economic status contribute to disparities in outcomes including HIV, substance use, interpersonal violence, and mental health. She designs, implements, and evaluates interventions to decrease such disparities. She has been engaged in research and practice activities particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and urban parts of the U.S. to understand and eradicate health disparities. Dr. Kaufman’s latest work explores how technology can be incorporated into mentoring to promote the health of adolescents and young adults. She also leads the Data for Health Gender Equity Unit, a Bloomberg Philanthropies funded project spanning over 40 low- and middle-income countries with a focus on integrating gender equity into health data collection, analysis, and use.