Jessica Keralis

Research Epidemiologist
Affiliated Graduate Students

Jessica Keralis is a research epidemiologist specializing in HIV prevention in the US, with an active interest in international health, development, and human rights. She is not formally affiliated with The University of Texas, but her research interests led her to Graduate Affiliate Program at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights. She received her Master of Public Health degree from Texas A&M’s School of Rural Public Health and has worked on domestic public health projects in both federal and state public health agencies. These projects include SENSOR-Pesticides, a pesticide poisoning surveillance program conducted by the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Texas ALS Surveillance Project, administered by the Texas Department for State Health Services and funded by CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). She has served as the Communications Committee Chair for APHA’s International Health Section since 2010 and as a Section Counselor since 2013. She has also written for Medscape, End the Neglect, and PSI Healthy Lives on global health and human rights issues and worked with DAWNS Digest, a daily news clip service for global health, development, and humanitarian news and commentary. She has contributed to publications on health, development, and climate change for INTASAVE and the UK DfID's Adapting to Climate Change in China Programme, and on knowledge management for Cadence Group. Beginning in 2012, she worked for 18 months as an English teacher in South Korea. After returning to the US, she took a position as a research epidemiologist in HIV/AIDS prevention and began her research on human rights violations stemming from South Korea’s policy of forced HIV testing for specific categories of immigration visas, as well as the epidemiologic and public health consequences of those policies on South Korea’s HIV epidemic.