Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. van den Berg's primary research interest focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions. A central component of his program of research is to advance the integration of health informatics (e.g., electronic health, mobile health) and bio-behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs and substance misuse, as well as to improve mental health outcomes among black, indigenous, and people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Dr. van den Berg is also particularly interested in conducting research on how to effectively reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities for these groups.


  • PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
  • MPH, Harvard University, United States
  • MS, Yale University, United States
  • Pre-doctoral Internship, Duke University, United States


Dr. Jacob J. van den Berg received an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University, an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at Duke University and postdoctoral clinical and research training through the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. Prior to joining the faculty in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. van den Berg served as Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) at the Brown University School of Public Health and as Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition, he is an Affiliated Scientist with the Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.