Kristin K. Gundersen


Kristin Kay Gundersen, MSW is a Program Manager in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, Department of Medicine at the University of California, 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 the research portfolio of Dr. Jamila K. Stockman, which includes domestic and international studies, programs, and interventions focusing on HIV, gender-based violence, substance use, and mental health among underserved, marginalized populations within the United States, US-Mexico border region, Caribbean, and Latin America. Additionally, Kristin manages the iSTRIVE Research Lab: Investigating Syndemic and Trauma Related Influences on HIV Etiology and its collaborative projects and programming. Prior to joining the UC San Diego, 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 to thrive through life’s challenges.