Natalie Pierre-Joseph, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Adolescent Medicine

MD, New York Medical College
MPH, New York Medical College
BA, Wesleyan University

I am an award-winning Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Boston University Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine specializing in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Medical Center. I am devoted to developing and championing multi-generational and dyadic strategies for both population-based prevention and patient-centered care

I am an expert in the area of adolescent parenting, as well as in primary and secondary HPV-related cancer prevention, especially cervical cancer prevention.

My career is dedicated to improving health outcomes for our underserved, high-risk, immigrant, low-income, and vulnerable populations, particularly reducing health disparities in:

1) HPV-related cancer, especially in cervical cancer, and in
2) Adolescent prenatal care, birth, maternal and child health outcomes, trauma and adverse events.

My research focuses on HPV vaccine initiation among low-income and minority population in public healthcare settings. My work to address racial/ethnic disparities in HPV vaccination rates in children, adolescents and mid-adults and in cervical cancer screenings in adult women has made me a world leader in HPV-related cancer prevention among minority communities.

Presently I am the Principal Investigators on 2 HPV vaccine studies funded by Merck MISP entitled: 1: An exploratory open-label clinical trial evaluating the immunogenicity and safety of the 9vHPV 2-dose vaccine regimen in children aged 4-8 years. This is the only study presently in the US: (; 2) An Open-label Clinical Trial Evaluating the Immunogenicity of the 9vHPV Vaccination Regiment over 6 months Among Women Aged 16 to 45 years (

I am presently a Co-Investigator on an HPV vaccine study adapting the Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) technology to produce English and Spanish smartphone ECAs for HPV vaccination (ECA-HPV) to provide vaccine recommendations and motivational interviewing to parents/guardians and vaccine-eligible adolescents and facilitate communication with clinic staff. We will evaluate ECA-HPV in a randomized controlled trial for HPV-vaccine eligible adolescents aged 9-12 to evaluate ECA-HPV, comparing usual care versus usual care plus four design variants of the ECA-HPV.

My leadership work on HPV-related cancer prevention has led to dissemination of 25 publications, supported by eight grants (2 NIH, 5 foundation, 1 industry) on this topic since 2007.

As of July 2022, I transition to being the former Medical Director of the Teen and Tot clinic, a comprehensive case management program serving nearly 400 mother (ages 23 and under) and child dyads yearly. I started as Medical director of the Teen and Tot program in 2001 and we have had sustained funding by the Boston Public Health Commission since 2005.

I founded the Teen Centering Parenting Initiative at Teen and Tot in 2016. Teen Centering Parenting is an innovative, family-centered well-child medical group that has the potential to impact both adolescent mothers and fathers, and their children across many physical, psychosocial, health and healthcare conditions.

Following the success of Teen and Tot Clinic, I facilitated the founding of the Teen and tot student run clinic for medical students in 2018. This program provides adolescent mother and child health at Boston Medical Center, by medical students. Medical students actively engage in patient-centered medical care under my supervision.

My work with medical students have led to my selection of Boston University School of Medicine June’s 2022 Distinguished faculty of the month

I have recently been involved in a COVID-19 Community Engagement Alliance research related work targeting our vulnerable populations in Boston, as well as exploring COVID-19 Vaccine Attitudes and Message Preferences (CAMP) to generate strategies tailored to different groups, sites addressing the stark disparities in pediatric COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Boston among our communities of color, identifying ways we can approach and tailor COVID-19 vaccination messaging while changing the narrative around vaccine confidence.

Since July 2022 I have been working with the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) Bureau of Infectious Diseases, Division of Education and Community Engagement as a vaccine Promoter to strengthen BPHC’s internal capacity and support of community and clinical partners to increase the uptake of the pediatric COVID-19 and flu vaccine among communities of color in Boston.

Overall, I am a proven cross-functional team leader, researcher and mentor who has sought to advance medical care and equity, as well as maximize students’ learning potential. I think critically and pursue innovative approaches to maximize the health of my patients and their families and that of vulnerable population in our community.

Boston Medical Center

Study Name: An exploratory open-label clinical trial evaluating the immunogenicity and safety of the 9vHPV 2- dose vaccine regimen in children aged 4–8 years
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2028 (PI)

COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu Promotion by Community Health Workers
09/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)
Boston Public Health Commission Centers for Disease

An Open-Label Clinical Trial Evaluating the Immunogenicity of the 9-valent 2-dose Vaccination Regime over 6 months Among Women Aged 16 to 45 years old, An Exploratory Immunogenicity Study
06/19/2020 - 06/30/2024 (PI)

Support for Teen and Tot Program
02/01/2021 - 01/31/2022 (PI)
The Savage Family Foundation

Web-Based Mobile Health Educational Intervention
01/16/2018 - 01/16/2021 (PI)

Integrating Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Promotion and Cervical Screening in Primary C…
11/25/2015 - 03/15/2019 (PI)

Clarifying the effects of race and socioeconomic status on disparities in HPV vaccination rates
09/01/2012 - 08/31/2014 (Activity-level PI)
PI: Rebecca B. Perkins, MD, MSc
1U01 IP000636-01

A Randomized Clinical Trial to Improve HPV Immunization in Haitian Girls
10/01/2010 - 06/30/2014 (PI)

A Randomized Clinical Trial to Improve HPV Immunization in Haitian Girls
07/01/2010 - 06/30/2013 (PI)
American Cancer Soc

BMC Teens and Tots prenatal and Parenting Support and Educational Group
01/13/2010 - 03/31/2010 (PI)

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  1. Zimmerman M, Zapata LP, Bachiller K, Devera JL, Hall TA, Casey SM, Pierre-Joseph N, Perkins RB. Comparison of attitudes toward routine maternal vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines among pregnant patients in an urban safety-net setting. J Natl Med Assoc. 2023 Aug; 115(4):362-376.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37210252; PMCID: PMC10194813; DOI: 10.1016/j.jnma.2023.04.003;
  2. Merriman B, Jarmoc G, van der Rijn M, Pierre-Joseph N. Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health and Resiliency of Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults: A Qualitative Study. J Pediatr Health Care. 2023; 37(5):484-491. PMID: 36973102; PMCID: PMC10008786; DOI: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2023.03.002;
  3. Burrowes SAB, Casey SM, Dobbins S, Hall T, Ma M, Bano R, Drainoni ML, Schechter-Perkins EM, Garofalo C, Perkins RB, Pierre-Joseph N. Healthcare workers' perspectives on the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters for themselves, their patients, and their communities: a mixed methods study. Z Gesundh Wiss. 2022 Dec 25; 1-14.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36588660; PMCID: PMC9790765; DOI: 10.1007/s10389-022-01793-1;
  4. Casey SM, Burrowes SAB, Hall T, Dobbins S, Ma M, Bano R, Yarrington C, Schechter-Perkins EM, Garofalo C, Drainoni ML, Perkins RB, Pierre-Joseph N. Healthcare workers' attitudes on mandates, incentives, and strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake: A mixed methods study. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 Nov 30; 18(6):2144048.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36411988; PMCID: PMC9746602; DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2022.2144048;
  5. Allan-Blitz LT, Samad A, Homsley K, Ferguson S, Vais S, Nagin P, Joseph N. A pilot study: the impact of clinic-provided transportation on missed clinic visits and system costs among teenage mother-child dyads. Humanit Soc Sci Commun. 2022; 9(1):319. PMID: 36159709; PMCID: PMC9483513; DOI: 10.1057/s41599-022-01342-x;
  6. Fuss TL, Devera JL, Pierre-Joseph N, Perkins RB. Attitudes and Communication Preferences for Vaccines among Pregnant Women Receiving Care at a Safety-net Hospital. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Jan-Feb; 32(1):67-73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34635378
  7. Drainoni ML, Biancarelli D, Jansen E, Bernstein J, Joseph N, Eun TJ, Fenton AHTR, Clark JA, Hanchate A, Legler A, Schuch TJ, Leschly K, Perkins RB. Provider and Practice Experience Integrating the Dose-HPV Intervention into Clinical Practice. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2021 07 01; 41(3):195-201.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33973928; PMCID: PMC8881994; DOI: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000363;
  8. Perkins RB, Legler A, Jansen E, Bernstein J, Pierre-Joseph N, Eun TJ, Biancarelli DL, Schuch TJ, Leschly K, Fenton ATHR, Adams WG, Clark JA, Drainoni ML, Hanchate A. Improving HPV Vaccination Rates: A Stepped-Wedge Randomized Trial. Pediatrics. 2020 07; 146(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32540986
  9. Perkins RB, Banigbe B, Fenton AT, O'Grady AK, Jansen EM, Bernstein JL, Joseph NP, Eun TJ, Biancarelli DL, Drainoni ML. Effect of a multi-component intervention on providers' HPV vaccine communication. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2020 11 01; 16(11):2736-2743.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32401592; PMCID: PMC7734092; DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2020.1747923;
  10. Natalie Pierre-Joseph, MD, MPH Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH Maria De Ornelas, BS Lance Laird, ThD Breanna Chachere, MPH Nicole Minogue, BS Stephen McDonough, BS. 181. Reducing The Physical And Emotional Burdens of HPV Infection Through An Integrated Primary And Secondary Cervical Cancer Prevention Texting System Initiative In A Primary Care Setting, A Pilot Study. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2019; Supplement(2):S92-S93. View Publication
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2019 Boston Public Health Commission: Boston Healthy Start Initiative Outstanding Leadership Award
2019 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine: Vaughn Rickert Vaccine Research Award
2018 CDC, ACS, Association of American Cancer Institutes: HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award
2010 Boston University Medical Center Women’s Health Office: Building Interdisciplinary Research Career in Women’s Health, (K-12) Career Development Award
2010 American Cancer Society: Cancer Control Career Development Award
2001 Joel and Barbara Alpert Foundation: Joel and Barbara Alpert Children of the City Endowment Grant

As a clinician, colleague, researcher, leader, teacher, and mentor, I pride myself in being extremely patient, caring, and energetic. I love helping people grow in all stages of their careers. I focus on helping growing professionals reach their full potential and achieve their goals. I connect growing professionals with the right resources in order to better guide them and lead them in the right direction. I have taught and mentored over over 15 BU Medical, 14 Master in Public Health, 2 Graduate Medical Science, and 4 Undergraduate Students.

I designed and piloted a “Delivery Resources, Experience, and Advocacy for Moms,” DREAM, an inter-professional service-learning program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) for medical students. DREAM was developed to bridge gaps in preclinical student knowledge and experience as well as promote optimal patient care in low resource settings. This work led to a publication in MedPortal.

I facilitated the founding and serve as advisor to the Teen and Tot student-run clinic, a Service Learning Group for BU medical, public health, social work, and undergraduate students. The clinic provides adolescent mother and child health education on evenings twice per month at Boston Medical Center supplemental to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Schedule of Well-Child Visits.
I am preceptor and clinical exposure provider to BU dental residents via shadowing at Teen and Tot clinic, which aims to increase awareness of the oral health needs of adolescent parents. I am preceptor and discussion leader for Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric residents on adolescent topics in the Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Boston University Medical Center.

From 2016-2017, I led Improving Provider HPV Vaccine Conversations through Education and Training. CME credits for this course were provided at monthly staff meetings. From 2004-2007, I served as the director of medical education for the medical students, pediatric residents, and adolescent medicine fellows rotating in Adolescent clinic at BMC. From 2001-2007, I lectured students from Boston University School of Medicine III monthly about adolescent health issues.

I am committed to my work as a scholar and professional in adolescent pregnancy and parenting, as well as in primary and secondary cervical cancer prevention. I hope to demonstrate public, professional and university service through teaching and mentorship. Overall, I hope to continue to guide, teach, and mentor BU medical, MPH, GMS, and undergraduate students.

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