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Kamila A. Alexander, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN

Assistant Professor
Kamila Alexander
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Community
  • Disparities
  • Genetics
  • Health Behavior
  • Men's Health
  • Public Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Women's Health


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.

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  • Publications/Research

    Alexander, K.A., Perrin, N., Jennings, J., Ellen, J., Trent, M. (in press) Childbearing Motivations and Desires, Fertility Beliefs, and Contraceptive use among Urban African-American Adolescents and Young Adults with STI Histories Journal of Urban Health 10.1007/s11524-018-0282-2

    *Cavanaugh, C., Harvey, J., Smith, S., Alexander, K.A., Campbell, J.C. (in press) Assessing domestic violence shelter workers views and practices pertaining to HIV prevention services for women residing in domestic violence shelters. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

    *Alvarez C, Debnam K, Clough A, Alexander K.A., Glass NE. (in press) Responding to intimate partner violence: Healthcare providers' current practices and views on integrating a safety decision aid into primary care settings. Res Nurs Health. 2018;1–11.DOI:10.1002/nur.21853

    *Alexander, K.A., St. Vil, N.M., Braithwaite-Hall, M.A., Sanchez, M, Baumann, A., Callwood, G.B., Campbell, J.C., Campbell, D.W. (2017) ‘Some Men Just Don’t Want to Get Hurt’: Perspectives of U.S. Virgin Islands Men Toward Partner Violence and HIV Risks. Ethnicity and Health.DOI: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1395816

    *Willie, T.C., Powell, A., Callands, T., Sipsma, H., Peasant, C., Magriples, U., Alexander, K.A., Kershaw, T. (in press) Investigating Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Reproductive Coercion Victimization among Young Parenting Couples: A Longitudinal Study, Psychology of Violence

    *Algood, S., Kozachiak, S., Alexander, K.A., Thaxton, A., Vera, M., Lechtzin, N. (2018) Descriptions of the pain experience in adults and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Pain Management Nursing, pii: S1524-9042(17)30473-3. Doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.11.011. PMID: 29501357

    *Fields, J., King, K.M., Alexander, K.A., Smith, K., Sherman, S.G., Knowlton, A. (2017) Recently Released Black Men’s Perceptions of Incarceration’s Impact on Sexual Partnering, Culture, Health, & Sexuality, doi: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1325009.

    *Willie, T.C., Kershaw, T., Campbell, J.C., Alexander, K.A. (2017) Intimate Partner Violence and PrEP Acceptability Among Low-Income, Young Black Women: Exploring the Mediating Role of Reproductive Coercion, AIDS and Behavior, doi: 10.1007/s10461-017-1767-9

    *Decker, M.R., Dick, R., Flessa, S., Pillai, R., Quam, J., Cheng, D., McDonald-Mosley, R., Holliday, C., Alexander, K.A., Miller, E. (2017). Implementing Partner Violence Assessment in Family Planning Clinics. Journal of Women’s Health., doi: 10.1089/jwh.2016.6093

    *St. Vil, N.M., Sabri, B., Nwokolo, V., Alexander, K.A., Campbell, J.C. (2017) A Qualitative Study of Survival Strategies Used by Black Women Who Experienced IPV. Social Work., 62(1), 63-71, doi: 10.1093/sw/sww080.

  • Awards/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