Kristin K. Gundersen

Kristin Kay Gundersen, MSW is a Research Program Manager in the Division of Infectious Diseases & Global Public Health, Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. She holds a master’s degree in Social Welfare with a concentration in community, organization, planning, and administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California Irvine.

Kristin manages a research portfolio of domestic and international studies, programs, and interventions focusing on intimate partner violence (IPV), gender-based violence, and the intersection of health disparities and HIV among underserved, vulnerable populations within the United States, US-Mexico border region, Caribbean, and Latin America. Prior to joining the team, Kristin was a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California where she conducted studies on trauma, sexual violence, and rape culture. Earlier, she served an Associate Director of Research for a nonprofit organization and as a Research Laboratory Manager at the University of California Irvine, School of Ecology. 

Additionally, Kristin is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower survivors of gender-based violence globally. She is deeply committed to high-caliber research, program development, reducing health inequalities, and in educating and empowering individuals how to thrive through life's challenges.