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Colette (Coco) ​Auerswald, MD, MS

Professor, Community Health Sciences
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, i4Y (Innovations for Youth)
  • Founder and Faculty Lead, Ending Youth Homelessness Catalyst Group

Colette (Coco) Auerswald is a professor Community Health Sciences and Co-Director of i4Y (Innovations for Youth). She holds academic positions at UC Berkeley and UCSF.
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5201-2
Berkeley, CA 94720


Colette (Coco) is a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She holds academic positions at both the both the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of the University of California. She is a pediatrician specialized in adolescent medicine. Her research consistently focuses on the social determinants of health of our society’s most disadvantaged youth and on structural interventions to positively impact on their health employing a community collaborative and youth-engaged approach. She is the co-founder and co-director of i4Y (Innovations for Youth) and the faculty lead for the Ending Youth Homelessness Catalyst Group.

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health of marginalized youth populations (particularly youth experiencing homelessness, low-income youth of color and LGBTQ youth)
  • Structural interventions to improve the health of marginalized youth populations
  • Mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in adolescent health research
  • Stigma and adolescent health
  • Youth participatory action research with marginalized youth
  • Social networks and adolescent health


  • Fellowship – Adolescent Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco Division of Adolescent Medicine
  • Residency – Primary Care Pediatrics
    University of California, San Francisco Department of Pediatrics, 1995
  • MD – University of California, San Francisco, 1992
  • BA – Social Studies
    Harvard University, 1985


Courses Taught

    • Health and Medical Sciences 262
    • Qualitative Research Thesis Working Group