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LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP, FNAP, FNYAM, FAAN

Associate Dean for Global Affairs & Planetary Health, Independence Foundation Professor &
Associate Professor of Nursing

Yale University School of Nursing

Dr. Nelson is the Independence Foundation Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean of Global Affairs and Planetary Health at Yale School of Nursing. He is also an affiliate scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. 


Dr. Nelson’s work spans multiple countries where he is focused on efforts to reduce racial disparities in HIV incidence, treatment and viral suppression in Black communities. Currently, he is the protocol co-chair for HPTN 096—a community-randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of a multi-level intervention to increasing rates of pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake, and HIV viral suppression among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in 16 communities across the southern United States. He is also leading an NIH-funded RCT in Ghana evaluating the effect of multi-level intersectional stigma-reduction on HIV testing among MSM. 

Dr. Nelson is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. He has been honored by professional nursing organizations, including the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the President’s Trailblazer Award by the National Black Nurses Association. His research has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, HIV Prevention Trials Network, and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Adolescent Health and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health.