Shoshana Goldberg

School Attended While Participating in the Student Fellows Program:

UNC-Chapel Hill (Gillings School of Global Public Health)

Contact E-mail:

Areas/Topics of Interest in MCH:

Adolescent sexual health

STI & HIV prevention

Domestic sexual and reproductive health policy

LGBT health

Health disparities

Current Research/Area of Study:

                    Adolescent sexual health

LGBT health

Health disparities


Since matriculating at UNC, I have worked as an RA for my adviser, Dr. Carolyn Halpern, conducting secondary analyses with data from the National Longitudinal Study for Adolescent Health (Add Health). I just completed my first manuscript (as first author!) examining predictors of consistency in adult self-reports of age of sexual debut (ie first vaginal intercourse) across Wave III and IV, and submitted an abstract in August to the Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA) 2012 Annual Conference.

Current Work:

Through my work on Add Health (as described above), I have begun a new project examining how sexual minority status (ie same-sex attraction, behavior, and/or self-identity),perceived stigma, and mental health converge to predict a young adult’s decision to forgo medical care.

In addition to my work on Add Health, I work at SHAC (Student Health Action Coalition), UNC’s free clinic, as an HIV Counselor. At SHAC I spend one night a month conducting rapid HIV tests and administering pre- and post-test counseling to both UNC students and members of the larger Chapel Hill/Carrboro community.

Future Work:

I will finish my MPH at UNC in May 2012, after which I will hopefully continue on to a PhD in MCH or a related field. I’m starting my applications now, so fingers crossed! In addition to completing doctoral applications, I will be spending the remainder of my time at UNC working on my Master’s Paper, which will be an extension of my work for Add Health on sexual orientation and forgone medical care.