Colette (Coco) Auerswald MD, MS

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Director, MS Program, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Research Interests: 
  • Cultural and social context for HIV and STD-related behaviors in marginalized youth populations
  • Mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in adolescent health research
  • Homeless youth
  • Social networks and adolescent health
Selected Publications: 

Wolf H, Halpern-Felsher B, Bukusi E, Ago K, Cohen C and Auerswald C. “It is all about the fear of being discriminated [against]...the person suffering from HIV will not be accepted”: A qualitative study exploring the reasons for loss to follow-up among HIV-positive youth in Kisumu, Kenya.” BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1154, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1154.

Auerswald, C. (2014). "Homeless Youth" in Ginsburg, K and Kinsman, S eds. Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development (591-600). Chicago, Ill: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Cummings T, Auerswald C, and Ott M. Factors influencing abstinence, anticipation, and delay of sex among adolescent boys in high-STI prevalence communities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2014, May;54(5):593-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.10.011.

Valente A, Auerswald C. Gender Differences in Sexual Risks and STIs Correlate with Gender Differences in Social Networks Among San Francisco Homeless Youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013: July (online), doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.05.016.

Chew Ng R, Auerswald C. Impact of Social Network Correlates on Shelter Use Among Street Youth in San Francisco. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013: June (online), doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.04.018.

Auerswald C, Lin J, Petry L, Hyatt S. Hidden in Plain Sight: An Assessment of Youth Inclusion in Point-in-Time Counts of California’s Unsheltered Homeless Population. California Homeless Youth Project (April 2013). cahomelessyouth.library.ca.gov/docs/pdf/Hidden-in-Plain-Sight_FullReportFINAL.pdf.

Woan J, Lin J, Auerswald C. The Health Status of Street Children and Youth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013: May (online), doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.03.013.

Smid M, Bourgois P, Auerswald C. The Challenge of Pregnancy among Homeless Youth: Reclaiming a Lost Opportunity. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2010: 21(2), 140-156.

Hickler B, Auerswald C. "The worlds of homeless white and African American youth in San Francisco, California: a cultural epidemiological comparison." Social Science and Medicine, 2009:68(5), 824-31.

Jennings J, Ellen J, Griffin Deeds B, Harris R, Muenz L, Barnes W, Lee S, Auerswald C and the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. "Youth living with HIV and partner-specific risk for the secondary transmission of HIV." Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2009: 36(7), 439-44.

Parriott A, Auerswald C. "Incidence and predictors of onset of injection drug use in a San Francisco cohort of homeless youth." Substance Use & Misuse, 2009:44(13), 1958-1970.

Chong V, Um K, Hahn M, Pheng D, Yee C, Auerswald C. "Toward an intersectional understanding of violence and resilience: An exploratory study of young Southeast Asian men in Alameda and Contra Costa County, California. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 2009:14(6), 461-69.

Epstein L, Sokal-Gutierrez K, Ivey S, Raine T, Auerswald C. "Adolescent experiences with the vaginal ring." Journal of Adolescent Health, 2008:43(1), 64-70.

Auerswald C, Muth SQ, Brown B, Padian N, Ellen J. "Does partner selection contribute to sex differences in STI rates among African American adolescents in San Francisco?" Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2006: 33(8), 480-4.

Carlson J, Sugano E, Millstein S, Auerswald C. "Service utilization and the life cycle of youth homelessness" Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006: 38(5), pp. 624-7.

Auerswald C, Sugano E, Ellen J, Klausner J.  "Street-based STD testing and treatment of homeless youth are feasible, acceptable and effective." Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006:38(3), pp. 208-12.

Auerswald C, Greene K, Minnis A, Doherty I, Ellen J, Padian N.  "Qualitative assessment of venues for purposive sampling of hard-to-reach youth."  Sexually Transmitted Diseases 2004:31, pp. 133-138.

Auerswald C and Eyre S. "Youth homelessness in San Francisco: A life cycle approach." Social Science and Medicine, 2002: 54, 1497-1512.

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