Kimberly Nelson

Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH

Assistant 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 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention among marginalized adolescents and adults. Additionally her work focuses on the ethical and legal issues involved in HIV/STI research and interventions with adolescents and ways to use technology effectively and ethically for data collection and health promotion interventions.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry - Boston University 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

  • SPHPH720
  • SPHSB780


  • Published on 1/26/2022

    Kutner BA, Perry NS, Stout C, Norcini Pala A, Paredes CD, Nelson KM. The Inventory of Anal Sex Knowledge (iASK): A New Measure of Sexual Health Knowledge Among Adolescent Sexual Minority Males. J Sex Med. 2022 03; 19(3):521-528. PMID: 35090838.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Stout, C.D., Paredes, C.D. & Nelson, K.M. “I Wish I Actually Had Known What the Heck Sex Was:” What Adolescent Sexual Minority Males Knew and Wish They Knew Prior to Sexual Debut with a Male Partner. Sex Res Soc Policy. 2022.

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  • Published on 8/13/2021

    Hong C, Horvath KJ, Stephenson R, Nelson KM, Petroll AE, Walsh JL, John SA. PrEP Use and Persistence Among Young Sexual Minority Men 17-24 Years Old During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AIDS Behav. 2022 Mar; 26(3):631-638. PMID: 34387777.

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  • Published on 8/4/2021

    Garey L, Scott-Sheldon LAJ, Olofsson H, Nelson KM, Japuntich SJ. Electronic Cigarette Cessation among Adolescents and Young Adults. Subst Use Misuse. 2021; 56(12):1900-1903. PMID: 34348566.

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  • Published on 8/3/2021

    Nelson KM, Perry NS, Stout CD, Dunsiger SI, Carey MP. The Young Men and Media Study: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Community-Informed, Online HIV Prevention Intervention for 14-17-Year-Old Sexual Minority Males. AIDS Behav. 2022 Feb; 26(2):569-583. PMID: 34342742.

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  • Published on 7/2/2021

    Herbitter C, Norris AL, Nelson KM, Orchowski LM. Understanding Associations Between Exposure to Violent Pornography and Teen Dating Violence Among Female Sexual Minority High School Students. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Jul 02; 8862605211028314. PMID: 34215165.

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  • Published on 3/16/2021

    Rusley J, Carey MP, Nelson KM. Disclosure of male attraction to primary care clinicians by adolescent sexual minority males. Sex Res Social Policy. 2022 Mar; 19(1):321-327. PMID: 35401857.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Macapagal, K. & Nelson, K.M. In Vanderlaan, D. & Wong, I. (eds.), Gender and Sexuality Development: Contemporary Theory and Research. Sexually explicit media use among sexual and gender minority adolescents. Springer International Publishing. New York, NY. 2021.

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  • Published on 10/12/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 10/12/2020

    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.

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