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Lauretta Grau, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)



Dr. Grau is a clinical psychologist with training in health psychology and expertise in identifying the cognitive and emotional correlates of risk and preventive health behaviors. She has been involved in the fields of HIV and hepatitis prevention research for over two decades during which time she has worked with syringe services programs (SSPs) and community-based organizations in the U.S., Russia, Vietnam, and Ecuador. Dr. Grau has been involved in multisite, longitudinal evaluations of SSPs and public health interventions implemented through SSPs and emergency departments. She has experience working with sexually active adolescents, minority and substance-using populations, and people who inject drugs and their families. More recently, her research interests have included qualitative and mixed methods studies of the HIV Care Continuum, technology-based interventions to assist in smoking cessation and substance abuse treatment, and the epidemiology of opioid-involved fatalities. She has also led qualitative studies on such topics as the quality of healthcare delivery, repeat medical hospitalizations, and access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    George Mason University (1996)


  • Developing a Comprehensive Model of the HIV Care Continuum in Nine Small Cities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
    Sturbridge, United States 2015
  • Opioid-Involved Fatalities among Connecticut Residents: 2009 - 2014
    New Haven, United States 2015
  • The SHERPA Project: Findings on Injection Drug Use in the Suburbs of Southwestern Connecticut
    El Paso, United States 2012
  • Narrative Data Mining Workshop: Applying a Transdisciplinary Framework
    New Orleans, Serbia 2010
  • Qualitative Interviewing Skills and Public Health Research
    Capitol Hill, Northern Mariana Islands 2009
  • Instrument Development for Public Health Research Projects
    Capitol Hill, Northern Mariana Islands 2009
  • Evaluation of Psychometric Properties and Instrument Validation
    Capitol Hill, Northern Mariana Islands 2009
  • Opioid Overdose Surveillance in Connecticut
    New Brunswick, NJ, Serbia 2008

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