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

Associate Professor
Associate Director, PhD and Postdoctoral Programs
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

    Caplon, A., Alexander, K.A., Kershaw, T., Willie, T.C. (In Press). Assessing Provider-, Clinic-, and Structural-Level Barriers and Recommendations to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) Uptake: A Qualitative Investigation among Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence, Intimate Partner Violence Service Providers, and Healthcare Providers. AIDS and Behavior.

    Sherman, A. D. F., Allgood, S., Alexander, K. A., Klepper, M., Balthazar, M., Hill, M., Cannon, C., Poteat, T. C., & Campbell, J. C. (In Press). Transgender and Gender Diverse Community Connection, Help-Seeking, and Mental Health among Black Transgender Women who have Survived Violence: A mixed-methods analysis. Violence Against Women.

    Willie, T.C., Alexander, K.A., Caplon, A., Kershaw, T.S., Safon, C.B., Galvao, R.W., Kaplan, C., Caldwell, A., Calabrese, S.K. (2020). Birth Control Sabotage as a Correlate of Women’s Sexual Health Risk: An Exploratory Study. Women’s Health Issues. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2020.10.003.

    Sharps, P.W., Nje-Carr, V., Alexander, K.A. (in press). The Syndemic Interaction of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and HIV Infection among African American Women: Best Practices and Strategies. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2019.1667464.

    Grace, K. T., Alexander, K. A., Jeffers, N. K., Miller, E., Decker, M. R., Campbell, J., & Glass, N. (2020). Experiences of reproductive coercion among Latina women and strategies for minimizing harm: “The path makes us strong.” Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 65(2): 248-256. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13061.

    Alexander, K.A., Willie, T.C., Campbell, J.C., Miller, E., Decker, M.R. (2019). Associations between Reproductive Coercion, Partner Violence and Mental Health Symptoms among Young Black Women in Baltimore, Maryland. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260519860900.

    Alexander, K.A., Arrington-Sanders, R., Grace, K.T., Thorpe, R., Doro, E., Bowleg, L. (2019). “Having a Child Meant I had a Real Life”: Reproductive Coercion and Childbearing Motivations among Young Black Men Living in Baltimore. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Doi: 10.1177/0886260519853400 PMID: 31195889.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020  Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean’s Award – Outstanding Nurse Researcher

    2020  Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

    2018  Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award, Office of the Provost

    2018  New Investigator Award Finalist, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

    2017  Leadership Program for Women Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    2017  Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in Teaching

    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