Kimberly Nelson

Kimberly M Nelson, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences - Boston University School of Public Health


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, Dr. Nelson's research focuses on understanding and intervening on psychological and structural determinants of health inequities with a particular focus on sexual health inequities among marginalized adolescents and adults. Additionally her work focuses on the ethical and legal issues involved in sexual health research and interventions with adolescents and ways to use technology effectively and ethically for data collection and health promotion interventions.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry - Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • University of Washington, PhD Field of Study: Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • University of Washington, MS Field of Study: Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • University of Washington, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Wesleyan University, BA Field of Study: Psychology

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB821


  • Published on 4/4/2024

    Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Korkodilos R, Conti J, Nelson KM, Xuan Z, Gordon AR. Will all youth answer sexual orientation and gender-related survey questions? An analysis of missingness in a large U.S. survey of adolescents and young adults. Psychol Methods. 2024 Apr 04. PMID: 38573664.

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  • Published on 3/4/2024

    Nelson, KM, Campbell, JK, Rahimian, AN, Frieson, TM, Moslander, DE, Victoria E. Richardson, VE, & Rothman, EF. “We’re All Still Learning About How to Talk About Porn”: Teacher and Administrator Perspectives About Inclusion of Education About Pornography in Massachusetts High School Sex Education Programs. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 2024; ePub Online.

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  • Published on 2/5/2024

    Stout CD, Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ, Nelson KM. "An escape from the isolation": Youth thoughts about the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent sexual behavior and alcohol use. J Adolesc. 2024 Feb 05. PMID: 38311967.

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  • Published on 10/16/2023

    Zapata JP, Hirshfield S, Nelson K, Horvath K, John SA. Preferred Characteristics for mHealth Interventions Among Young Sexual Minoritized Men to Support HIV Testing and PrEP Decision-Making: Focus Group Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023 Oct 16; 7:e51103. PMID: 37713640.

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  • Published on 8/30/2023

    Rothman, EF, Campbell, JK, Rahimian, AN, Frieson, TM, Moslander, DE, Richardson, VE, Nelson, KM. “My Sex Ed Teacher Was Extremely Averse to Talking About Sex”: Massachusetts Students’ Experiences With and Recommendations for Sex Education. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 2023; ePub Online.

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  • Published on 7/14/2023

    Edouard VB, Foley M, Gordon A, Garfield S, Dincer L, Nelson KM. Online environments and women's health: an industry-academic public health research partnership to improve health inequities. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1176198. PMID: 37521982.

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  • Published on 2/22/2023

    Katz-Wise SL, Perry NS, Nelson KM, Gordon AR, Ybarra ML. Sexual Fluidity in Identity and Behavior Among Cisgender Youth: Findings from the Longitudinal Growing up with Media Study. J Pediatr. 2023 Jun; 257:113355. PMID: 36822509.

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  • Published on 2/9/2023

    Haupt KR, Stout CD, Simmons J, Nelson KM. Differences in the sexual health information parents/guardians give their adolescent sexual minority sons by outness. J LGBT Youth. 2024; 21(1):132-149. PMID: 38434757.

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  • Published on 2/2/2023

    Nelson KM, Skinner A, Stout CD, Raderman W, Unger E, Raifman J, Agénor M, Ybarra ML, Dunsiger SI, Bryn Austin S, Underhill K. Minor Consent Laws for Sexually Transmitted Infection and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Services in the United States: A Comprehensive, Longitudinal Survey of US State Laws. Am J Public Health. 2023 Apr; 113(4):397-407. PMID: 36730879.

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  • Published on 12/20/2022

    Underhill K, Nelson KM. Consent Laws for Minors Regarding Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV Services-Reply. JAMA. 2022 Dec 20; 328(23):2364. PMID: 36538312.

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