Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Brown University School of Public Health, and a Research Scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. She earned her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington (UW) and a PhD in clinical psychology also from UW. She also completed a fellowship at the Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute. Having both a public health and psychology background, she focuses on community- and population-level health implications while conducting individual-level behavioral research.

Dr. Nelson's research concentrates on psychological and structural factors associated with the transmission or acquisition of HIV among sexual and racial/ethnic minority populations, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). Her current work focuses on media influences on risk behaviors among sexual minority adolescents. She is funded by a K23 award from NIMH (K23MH109346) during which she will develop an online sexual health intervention to promote adolescent sexual minority males’ critical examination of online media and decrease their sexual risk-taking. 

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