Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), Epidemiology & Public Health, Yale University (Affiliate)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice
Director, Global Health Concentration

Research Overview

My global public health nutrition research program seeks to understand how best to: a) promote breastfeeding and other infant feeding practices; b) measure household food insecurity; c) mitigate the negative impact of household food insecurity on maternal-child physical and mental health outcomes; d) mitigate the negative impact of maternal HIV on child growth and development; d) design community nutrition education programs. My domestic health disparities research program focuses on design and evaluation of community health worker models seeking to improve behavioral (nutrition, physical activity, self-glucose monitoring, medication adherence) mental health (stress reduction) and metabolic outcomes among Latinos with type 2 diabetes.


Ph.D., University of California-Davis, 1991 (nutrition)
M.S., University of California-Davis, 1985 (food science)
B.S., Universidad Iberoamericana, 1983 (chemical engineering)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressYale University
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
P.O. Box 208034
New Haven, CT 06520-8034