Bonnie Kerker, PhD, is an associate professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Study Center and a faculty member in the IDEAS Center. Her current research focuses on assessing the effectiveness of trauma-focused interventions among children in the child welfare system. She is also working with the NY State Office of Mental Health to conduct mental health services research among children.
Dr. Kerker is interested in strategies to mitigate the long-term effects of trauma and other adverse events in early childhood, particularly among children in the child welfare system. She is also focused on identifying beneficial mental health services for children, providing findings to decision-makers, and helping them to integrate data into sound policies.
Dr. Kerker received her BA in American Studies from Tufts University, and her MPH and PhD in health policy and epidemiology from Yale University.
Before joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Kerker worked at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where, most recently, she was a Senior Epidemiology and Policy Advisor. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Commissioner of Epidemiology Services for almost 7 years. Throughout her time at the Health Department, she oversaw and disseminated wide-ranging research to inform New York City’s policy-makers and program-planners.
Dr. Kerker is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has taught, supervised and mentored numerous graduate and postdoctoral students, and professional staff. She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including the American Journal of Public Health and Child Abuse and Neglect.