Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Community Health Sciences

PhD, University of Washington
MS, University of Washington
MPH, University of Washington

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH 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/STIs among marginalized adolescents and adults. 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. In addition to her career development award, she is PI of an R01 (MH119892) which seeks to understand the role that minor consent laws play in HIV/STI testing and biomedical prevention decision-making among US adolescents, with a particular focus on the impact among sexual and gender minority youth.

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Minor Consent Laws and HIV Prevention Among Adolescents in the United States
12/25/2019 - 10/31/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Influences on risk behaviors among young men
10/28/2019 - 02/28/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Minor Consent Laws and HIV Prevention Among Adolescents in the United States 5R01MH119892-02
2020 Minor Consent Laws and HIV Prevention Among Adolescents in the United States 1R01MH119892-01A1
2020 A systematic mapping of SGM-inclusive sexual education laws and policies 3R01MH119892-01A1S1
2020 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 5K23MH109346-06 17
2020 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 5K23MH109346-06 17
2019 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 7K23MH109346-05 17
2019 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 5K23MH109346-04 17
2018 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 5K23MH109346-03 17
2017 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 5K23MH109346-02 17
2016 Influences on risk behaviors among young men 1K23MH109346-01 17
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  1. Layland EK, Carter JA, Perry NS, Cienfuegos-Szalay J, Nelson KM, Bonner CP, Rendina HJ. A systematic review of stigma in sexual and gender minority health interventions. Transl Behav Med. 2020 10 12; 10(5):1200-1210. PMID: 33044540; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibz200;
  2. Nelson KM, Perry NS, Horvath KJ, Smith LR. A systematic review of mHealth interventions for HIV prevention and treatment among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Transl Behav Med. 2020 10 12; 10(5):1211-1220. PMID: 33044531; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa007;
  3. Hughto JMW, Peterson L, Perry NS, Donoyan A, Mimiaga MJ, Nelson KM, Pantalone DW. The provision of counseling to patients receiving medications for opioid use disorder: Telehealth innovations and challenges in the age of COVID-19. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 01; 120:108163. PMID: 33298301
  4. Nelson KM, Gordon AR, John SA, Stout CD, Macapagal K. "Physical Sex Is Over for Now": Impact of COVID-19 on the Well-Being and Sexual Health of Adolescent Sexual Minority Males in the U.S. J Adolesc Health. 2020 12; 67(6):756-762.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33039273; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.08.027;
  5. Nelson KM, Macapagal K. The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Using Patient Portals to Address the HIV Prevention Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual Minority Men. J Adolesc Health. 2020 08; 67(2):149-150. PMID: 32739019; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.05.018;
  6. Nelson KM, Perry NS, Stout CD, Carey MP. Brief Report: Sexual Debut Among 14- to 17-year-old Sexual Minority Males: A Preliminary Investigation of Early HIV Risk and Sexual Health Needs. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2020 07 01; 84(3):280-284. PMID: 32149857; DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002342;
  7. Garey L, Japuntich SJ, Nelson KM, Scott-Sheldon LAJ. Using Social Media to Recruit Youth Who Use Electronic Cigarettes. Am J Health Behav. 2020 07 01; 44(4):488-498. PMID: 32553029
  8. Pantalone DW, Nelson KM, Batchelder AW, Chiu C, Gunn HA, Horvath KJ. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Combination Behavioral Interventions Co-Targeting Psychosocial Syndemics and HIV-Related Health Behaviors for Sexual Minority Men. J Sex Res. 2020 07; 57(6):681-708. PMID: 32077326
  9. Nelson KM, Rothman EF. Should Public Health Professionals Consider Pornography a Public Health Crisis? Am J Public Health. 2020 02; 110(2):151-153.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31913670; DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305498;
  10. Nelson KM, Underhill K, Carey MP. Consent for HIV Testing Among Adolescent Sexual Minority Males: Legal Status, Youth Perceptions, and Associations with Actual Testing and Sexual Risk Behavior. AIDS Behav. 2020 Feb; 24(2):373-378. PMID: 30747330; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-019-02424-9;
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