Jay Silverman

Jay Silverman, PhD, is director of research for the Center on Gender Equity and Health and a professor of medicine and global public health at UC San Diego. He is a leading global researcher on understanding and preventing gender-based violence against adolescent and adult women (e.g., intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and sex trafficking). Dr. Silverman has led multiple major studies of gender-based violence and its effects on the health of women and their children, with a focus on gendered effects on the girl child. His current research revolves around structural interventions to prevent HIV risk and sex trafficking along the US-Mexican border, building the first reliable, population-based data on the prevalence of sex trafficking in Central America in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as designing and evaluating a program to address chronic threats to adolescent girls’ sexual safety in Washington, DC.
  • Gender-based violence prevention
  • Sex trafficking
  • HIV risk

Silverman, J. G. 2010. Key to prevention of HIV in women: Reduce gender-based violence. Lancet 376 (9734): 67.

Silverman, J. G, M.R. Decker, A. Raj, D.M. Cheng, H.L. McCauley, K. Wirth, B. Donta, and N. Saggurti. 2011. Gender-based disparities in infant and child mortality based on maternal exposure to husband violence: The heavy burden borne by Indian girls.Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 165 (1): 2227. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.261.

Silverman, J. G, M.R. Decker, J. Gupta, N. Kapur, A. Raj, and R.T. Naved. 2009. Does maternal intimate partner violence victimization affect child morbidity? Evidence from a national Bangladeshi sample. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 163:700–705.

Silverman, J. G, M.R. Decker, S. Niranjan, D. Balaiah, and A. Raj. 2008. Intimate partner violence and HIV infection among married Indian women. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2008; 300:70319.

Silverman, J. G, J. Gupta, M.R. Decker, N. Kapur, and A. Raj. 2007. Intimate partner violence, unwanted pregnancy, and pregnancy termination among a national sample of Bangladeshi women. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 114:124652.