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Shoshana K. Goldberg, PhD

Shoshana K. Goldberg, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Research Consultant
UCLA School of Law
  • Carolina Population Center
  • CB 8120
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8120

Shoshana K. Goldberg is a research assistant professor who specializes in LGBT health, adolescent health, and sexual and reproductive health. Currently, she also is a research consultant with The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, where she uses federal and state data to explore the impact of public policy on LGBT demography and health.

Most recently, she was a postdoctoral scholar with the Carolina Population Center, where her work used longitudinal data (Add Health) to explore the impact of LGBT socioeconomic disparities on chronic disease risk, with a focus on social determinants across the life course.

In addition to authoring numerous scientific articles on sexual minority health and adolescent health during her career, Dr. Goldberg has appeared in the Washington Post and on WUNC’s ‘The State of Things,’ where she discussed the potential public health implications of North Carolina’s HB2 (also known as the ‘bathroom bill’). She also has lectured on LGBT measurement and data collection.

Honors and Awards

Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Research Award

2015, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Best Poster

2015, Population Association of America Annual Meeting

Predoctoral Traineeship

2012-2017, Carolina Population Center


2012, Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society

Maternal and Child Health Student Section Fellow

2011-2012, American Public Health Association

Representative Courses

MHCH 707 LGBT Population Health

Research Activities

- LGBT health
- Sexual orientation / gender identity measurement and data collection
- Adolescent health
- Sexual and reproductive health
- HIV/STIs and linkages to care for key populations
- Survey data
- Program evaluation

Service Activities

- Community Health Assessment volunteer collaborator, LGBTQ Center of Durham

Key Publications

Sexual initiation patterns among sexual minorities: A latent class analysis approach. Goldberg SK; Halpern CT (2017). Perspectives of Sexual and Reproductive Health, 49(1).

The impact of Medicaid expansion in Virginia on uninsured LGBT adults. Shoshana Goldberg, Kerith Conron (2018). The Williams Institute .

2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment. Jennifer Isher-Wood, Shoshana Goldberg, Durham County Public Health (2018). Partnership for a Healthy Durham.

2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment. Peyton Williams, Shoshana Goldberg, Em Pike, R Dooley, C Hamrick, J Carcano, Durham County Public Health (2018). Partnership for A Healthy Durham.

Acceptability of multipurpose human papillomavirus vaccines among providers and mothers of adolescent girls: A mixed-methods study in five countries. N Vielot, S Goldberg, G Zimet, S Smith, M Anne McDonald, S Ramos, K Morgan, C Joo Kim, K Richter, M Peris, K Whaley, J Smith (2017). Papillomavirus research (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 3.


PhD, Epidemiology / Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Summer Training Fellowship, LGBT Population Health, The Fenway Institute, 2014

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

BA, Psychology, Columbia University, 2008

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