School of Health and Human Sciences

Jennifer Toller Erausquin

Jennifer Toller Erausquin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
Office: 437 F Coleman Bldg.
Phone: 336-334-5879
Curriculum Vitae

Brief Bio


I am a social epidemiologist and self-professed data nerd. My passion for public health was ignited right after college, when I volunteered as a bilingual patient educator and medical assistant at a free family health clinic in Detroit, Michigan. Outside of work, you can often find me exploring local parks and trails or enjoying live music. I’ve been a long distance runner for over 25 years, and especially enjoy Spring and Fall half marathons.


Dr. Erausquin is a social epidemiologist whose research examines gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors as determinants of sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on HIV prevention and care engagement. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her MPH and PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She was a predoctoral fellow of the California Center for Population Research and the UCLA AIDS Research Training Program, receiving training in demography and epidemiology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Erausquin is a quantitative researcher with expertise in sampling hard-to-reach populations and analyzing large survey data sets, and a substantive expert in structural approaches to understand and eliminate health inequities. She co-edited a book, Global Perspectives on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse (Springer, 2018), and since 2019 has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Duke Global Health Institute
  • PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan

Class Schedule Spring 2023


Research Interests

  • HIV Prevention & Care Engagement
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Structural and Community-Level Interventions
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Health of Latinx Populations
  • Women’s Health

Current Projects

Primary Research Projects:

1. Gender, Race, and HIV Care Engagement

My work in this domain examines factors that impede or promote initiation and continuation of appropriate HIV medical care among diverse women in the South. This work is collaborative with Dr. Courtney Caiola of the East Carolina University College of Nursing, PhD students Rachel Faller and Jennifer Bailey, partners in the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Field Epidemiology Section, and a Community Advisory Board of advocates and women living with HIV. It involves secondary data analysis of existing data sources with information on HIV care engagement, and the development of NIH grant proposals to identify and address barriers to care.

2. Longitudinal Analysis of Social Determinants of Health

In this domain, I work with team of faculty and students across institutions and disciplines to analyze data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, a study that has followed a sample since 1994-5, when the respondents were in middle and high school. The team includes Dr. Michelle Martin Romero as well as Dr. Tom McCoy of the UNCG School of Nursing, Dr. Robin Bartlett of the University of Alabama, Dr. Eunhee Park of the University at Buffalo, and PhD student Rachel Faller. Our team investigates the ways in which experiences and social contexts during childhood and adolescence can impact later-life health outcomes. The research I lead on this team has examined racial-ethnic differences in suicide-related outcomes, and is expanding to include the role of adverse childhood experiences in the health of Latinx populations in middle adulthood

Selected Publications


Erausquin JT, Song E, & Rhodes SD. Gender norms, discrimination, acculturation, and depressive symptoms among Latino men in a new settlement state. (In press, Ethnicity & Disease).

Erausquin JT, McCoy T, Bartlett TR, & Park E. Trajectories of suicide ideation and attempts from early adolescence to mid-adulthood: Associations with race/ethnicity. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2019, 48(9): 1796-1805. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-019-01074-3. PMID: 31301028.

Jenkins Hall W, Erausquin JT, Tanner AE, Nichols TR, & Brown-Jeffy S. Relationship intentions, race, and gender: Student differences in condom use during hookups involving vaginal sex. E-pub ahead of print, Journal of American College Health, 2019, 67(8): 733-742. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1506788. PMID: 30265847.

Chambers B, Erausquin JT, Tanner AE, Nichols TR, & Brown-Jeffy S. Testing the association between traditional and novel indicators of county-level structural racism and birth outcomes among Black and White women. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2018, 5: 966-977. DOI:10.1007/s40615-017-0444-z. PMID: 29218496.

Chambers B & Erausquin JT. Race, sex, and discrimination in school settings: A multilevel analysis of associations with delinquency. Journal of School Health, 2018, 2: 159-166. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12589. PMID: 29333643.

Park E, McCoy TP, Erausquin JT, & Bartlett R. Trajectories of risk behaviors across adolescence and young adulthood: The role of race and ethnicity. Addictive Behaviors, 2018, 76: 1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.07.014. PMID: 28734192.

Massengale KEC, Erausquin JT, & Old M. Health, social, and economic outcomes experienced by diaper recipient families as a result of receiving diapers from a community-based diaper bank. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2017, 21: 1985-1994. DOI: 10.1007/s10995-017-2317-9. PMID: 28710698.

Massengale KEC, Erausquin JT, & Old M. Organizational and health promotion benefits of diaper bank and community-based organization partnerships. Children and Youth Services Review, 2017, 76: 112-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.03.004.

Reed E, Erausquin JT, Biradavolu M, Servin AE, & Blankenship KM. Non-barrier contraceptive use and relation to condom use by partner type among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2017, 43(1): 60-66. DOI: 10.1136/jfprhc-2014-100918. PMID: 26699872.

Reed E, Erausquin JT, Groves AT, Salazar M, Biradavolu M, & Blankenship KM. Client and husband perpetrated violence among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: HIV risk across personal and work contexts. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2016, 92(6):424-429. DOI: 10.1136/sextrans-2015-052162. PMID: 26905080.

Egan K, Erausquin JT, Milroy J, & Wyrick D. Synthetic marijuana use and normative beliefs among college student-athletes. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2016, 48(3):166-72. DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2016.1186305. PMID: 27224428.

Mann L, Tanner AE, Erausquin JT, Sun C, Downs M, Simán F, & Rhodes SD. Listening to the voices of Latina women: Sexual and reproductive health intervention needs and priorities in a new settlement state in the United States. Health Care for Women International, 2016, 37(9): 979-994. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2016.1174244. PMID: 27050775.

Choudhury SM, Erausquin JT, Park K, & Anglade D. Social support and sexual risk among establishment-based female sex workers in Tijuana. Qualitative Health Research, 2015, 25(8): 1056-1068. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315587282. PMID: 25991735.

Erausquin JT, Reed E, & Blankenship KM. Change over time in police interactions and HIV risk behavior among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. AIDS & Behavior, 2015, 19(6): 1108-1115. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-014-0926-5. PMID: 25354735.

Scull TM, Kupersmidt JB, & Erausquin JT. The impact of media-related cognitions on children’s substance use outcomes in the context of parental and peer substance use. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2014, 43(5), 717-728. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-013-0012-8. PMID: 24002678.

Di Bona V & Erausquin JT. Drug-use risk behavior co-occurrence among United States high school students. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 2014, 23(2), 87-90. DOI: 10.1080/1067828X.2012.748596.

Slusser W, Sharif, MZ, Erausquin JT, Kinsler JJ, Collin D, & Prelip ML. Improving overweight among at-risk minority youth: Results of a pilot intervention in after-school programs. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2013, 24(2 Suppl): 12-24. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0111. PMID: 23727961.

Erausquin JT, Essick E, & Hildebrand PH. Sexual behaviors and substance use behaviors among North Carolina’s high school students: Implications for health care providers wanting to reach teens at risk. North Carolina Medical Journal, 2013, 74(1): 72-76. PMID: 23530390.

Reed E, Silverman JG, Stein B, Erausquin JT, Biradavolu M, Rosenberg A, & Blankenship KM. Motherhood and HIV risk among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: The need to consider women’s life contexts. AIDS & Behavior, 2013, 17(2): 543-550. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0249-3. PMID: 22782790.

Erausquin JT, Biradavolu MR, Reed E, Burroway R, & Blankenship KM. Trends in condom use among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: Impact of a community mobilization intervention. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2012, 66: ii49-ii54. DOI: 10.1136/jech-2011-200511. PMID: 22495773.

Slusser W, Erausquin JT, Prelip M, Fischer H, Cumberland W, & Neumann C. Nutrition knowledge and behaviors of low-income Latino parents of preschoolers: Associations with nutrition-related parenting practices. Early Child Development and Care, 2012, 182(8): 1041-1055. DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2012.679794.

Kinsler J, Slusser W, Erausquin JT, Thai C, & Prelip M. Nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and teaching self-efficacy among classroom teachers from a large urban school district in Los Angeles County. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2012, 10(1): 119-126. DOI: 10.32398/cjhp.v4i3.1963.

Thai C, Prelip M, Erausquin JT, & Slusser W. Lessons learned from the development and implementation of a parent nutrition education program with low-income Latina mothers in an urban school district setting. American Journal of Health Education, 2012, 43(4): 235-242. DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2012.10599242.

Prelip M, Kinsler J, Thai C, Erausquin JT, & Slusser W. Evaluation of a school-based multi-component education program to improve young children’s fruit and vegetable consumption. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2012, 44(4): 310-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.10.005. PMID: 22578965.

Erausquin JT, Reed E, & Blankenship KM. Police-related experiences and HIV risk among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011, Suppl 5: S1223-S1228. DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jir539. PMID: 22043036.

Prelip M, Slusser W, Thai C, Kinsler J, & Erausquin JT. Effects of a school-based nutrition program diffused throughout a large urban community on attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to fruit and vegetable consumption. Journal of School Health, 2011, 81(9): 520-529. DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00622.x. PMID: 21831064.

Prelip M, Thai C, Erausquin JT, & Slusser W. Improving low-income parents’ fruit and vegetable intake and their potential to impact children’s nutrition. Health Education, 2011, 111(5): 391-411.

Slusser W, Prelip M, Kinsler J, Erausquin JT, Thai C, & Neumann C. Challenges to parent nutrition education: A qualitative study of parents of urban children attending low-income schools. Public Health Nutrition, 2011, 14(10): 1833-1841. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980011000620. PMID: 21477415.

Siegel J, Prelip M, Erausquin JT, & Kim SA. A worksite obesity intervention: Results from a group-randomized trial. American Journal of Public Health, 2010, 100(2): 327-333. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.154153. PMID: 20019316.

Erausquin JT, Duan N, Grusky O, Swanson AN, Kerrone D, Rudy E, & Horton T. Increasing the reach of HIV testing to young Latino MSM: Results of a pilot study integrating outreach and services. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2009, 20(3): 756-765. DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0189. PMID: 19648703.

Prelip M, Erausquin JT, Slusser W, Vecchiarelli S, Weightman H, Lange L, & Neumann C. The role of classroom teachers in nutrition and physical education. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2006, 4(3): 116-127.


Faller RW, Erausquin JT, & McCoy TP. Misuse of prescription and illicit drugs in middle adulthood in the context of the opioid epidemic. (under review).

Michielsen K, Larsson EC, Kågesten A, Erausquin JT, Griffin S, Van de Velde S, & Tucker JD. International Sexual Health And REproductive (I-SHARE) Health Survey during COVID-19: study protocol for online national surveys and global comparative analyses. (Under review).

Ma A, Erausquin JT, Tanner AE, Song EY, Garcia JM, Alonzo J, Mann-Jackson L, & Rhodes SD. Health vulnerability model for Latinx sexual and gender minorities: Typologies with socioeconomic stability, health care access, and social characteristics indicators. (Under review).

Mónico C, Faller RW, Cole H, & Erausquin JT. “Push-Pull” factors influencing the demand and supply of human trafficking: a theoretical framework for identifying and assessing human trafficking. In: Kumar Acharya A & Martinez Sanchez ML, Eds. Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking in Persons: Narratives on International Scenario. Monterrey, Mexico: Plaza y Valdez Publishing. (Under review).


Erausquin JT & Faller R. Gender Role. In: M Gellman, ed. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine, Second Edition. New York, Springer, 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-39901-6.

Erausquin JT. Sex work and policing practice in the US. American Journal of Public Health, 2019, 109(2). DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304885. PMID: 30649943. Choudhury SM, Erausquin JT, & Withers M, Eds. Global Perspectives on Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Across the Lifecourse. Springer. (2018). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60417-6.

Erausquin JT. Women’s HIV knowledge and condom use across diverse relationship types in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In: Choudhury SM, Erausquin JT, & Withers M, eds. Global Perspectives on Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Across the Lifecourse. Springer. (2018). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60417-6.

Chambers B, Erausquin JT. Reframing the way we think about teenage motherhood. In: Choudhury SM, Erausquin JT, & Withers M, eds. Global Perspectives on Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Across the Lifecourse. Springer. (2018). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60417-6. Erausquin JT. Gender Role. In: M Gellman and JR Turner, eds. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, Springer, 2011. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9.


World Health Organization/Human Reproduction Programme Sexual Health Survey Instrument Development Group. Sexual Health Survey Instrument, 2020.

World Health Organization/Human Reproduction Programme Sexual Health Survey Instrument Development Group. Sexual Health Research Survey Consensus Statement, 2020.

Erausquin JT, Irwin K, West BS, Hanck SE, Kershaw TS, & Blankenship KM. An Empirical Comparison of Respondent-Driven Sampling and Time Location Sampling of Female Sex Workers in Southern India. American University, Project Parivartan Working Paper, 2011.

Prelip M, Slusser W, Thai CL, Erausquin JT, Cohen S, Collin FD, & Neumann CG. Network for a Healthy California—Los Angeles Unified School District Parent Nutrition Education Program Final Report 2008-2009. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Nutrition Friendly Schools and Communities Research Group, 2009.

Erausquin JT, Toy P, Wallace S, & Wyn R. Online Data Access Training for the California Health Interview Survey: Statewide Curriculum. Los Angeles, CA: Regents of the University of California, 2005.

Rodriguez M, Toller J, & Dowling P. Health of Migrant Farm Workers in California. Sacramento, CA: California Research Bureau, 2003.