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, 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, 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., 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.

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.