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.