Michelle Kaufman, PhD Director


Michelle Kaufman is a social psychologist by training and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of International Health. Her research focuses on how social factors contribute to health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations. She has 20 years of experience studying sex, gender, and sexuality as predictors of health disparities in many settings using multiple research methods. She has worked in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and urban parts of the U.S. to understand and eradicate health disparities with the support of funders including Bloomberg Philanthropies, NIH, USAID, Fulbright, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Michelle has published her work in international journals in the fields of public health, gender studies, psychology, medicine, and sociology. She also mentors students, with a focus on first-generation university students, who are pursuing careers in which they will address health disparities. Michelle has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. Outside of work, she is a mom to a young child and loves to travel so she can hike and scuba in the most beautiful parts of the world. 

Meet other team members

Lidya Teklemariam

Lidiya Teklemariam, LLM

Deb Levine

Deb Levine, MA

Clara Flores, MSW