Kamila A. Alexander, PhD, MPH, RN
Kamila Alexander’s research focuses on prevention of sexual health outcome disparities and the complex roles that structural determinants such as intimate partner violence, societal gender expectations, and limited economic opportunities play in the experience of intimate human relationships. Using health equity and social justice lenses, she aims to learn why men and women make particular sexual decisions and convey those decisions to their emotional partners, how we can promote safe relationships, and how we might expand current prevention efforts to mitigate intimate partner violence, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Her research stems from over 10 years of public health clinical practice in domestic and international communities living at the margins of society. Dr. Alexander has received funding to conduct research investigations through the National Institutes of Health, American Nurses Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She earned her PhD in nursing science from the University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation focused on emotional and structural drivers of sexual decision-making among young women in Baltimore. Her goals are to not only promote health and prevent morbidities but to lead and create investigations that affect practice and policy on a global scale.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestIntimate partner violence and HIV risk; health inequities; healthy sexuality; emerging adulthood; reproductive coercion; community-based research; social determinants of health
Alexander, K.A. (in press). "Emotions and Sexual Safety Decision Making Among Black Young Women." Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships.
Alexander, K.A., Volpe, E.M., Abboud, S., Campbell, J.C. (2016, Epub ahead of print). "Reproductive Coercion, Sexual Risk Behaviors, and Mental Health Symptoms Among Young Low-Income Behaviorally Bisexual Women: Implications for Nursing Practice." Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Brawner, B. M., Alexander, K. A., Fannin, E. F., Baker, J. L., and Davis, Z. M. (2015). "The Role of Sexual Health Professionals in Developing a Shared Concept of Risky Sexual Behavior as It Relates to HIV Transmission." Public Health Nursing, 33(2), 139-150.
Alexander, K. A., Teitelman, A. M. & Jemmott, L. S., & D’Antonio, P. (2014). "Addressing Sexual Health Behaviour During Emerging Adulthood: A Critical Review of the Literature." Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Alexander, K. A., & Fannin, E.F. (2014). "Sexual Safety and Sexual Security Among Young Black Women Who Have Sex with Women and Men." Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: In Focus Series on GLBT Health, 43, 509-519.
- Gender inequities
- Intersection of HIV risks and intimate partner violence
- Sexuality, sexual health, and social determinants of health
- Reproductive coercion and sexual health outcome disparities
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis and women-controlled HIV prevention
Awards and Honors
2015: New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Award, Maryland Higher Education Commission
2012: Wealtha McGurn Research Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
2012: Fontaine Award for Excellence in Fellowship, W. T. V. Fontaine Society, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA