LaRon Nelson


Affiliate Scientist


Dr. LaRon Nelson is a public health nurse and family nurse practitioner. He is a Scientist in MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital and the inaugural holder of the OHTN Research Chair in HIV Program Science with African, Caribbean and Black Communities. Dr. Nelson’s domestic and international research investigates strategies to reduce race and sexuality-based disparities in HIV outcomes. He is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the application of self-determination theory for HIV prevention and care. He is also trailblazing the use of a rapid psychological trauma recovery intervention to reduce the negative impacts of stigma and trauma on HIV outcomes in African and African diaspora communities.

Dr. Nelson’s work has influenced US foreign health policy on the decision to MSM in its key population targets for prevention services in West Africa. He has been invited to the White House on numerous occasions to provide consultation on setting research priorities for addressing stigma to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. He was named one of Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health for his groundbreaking research in Ghana and was honoured by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care with the Excellence in HIV Prevention Award. Dr. Nelson is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. His work has been featured in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership as well Canadian media outlets such as Poz Magazine, Outwards Magazine, Toronto Star newspaper, and Healthy Debate.

Recent Publications

  1. Nelson, LE, Ogunbajo, A, Abu-Ba'are, GR, Conserve, DF, Wilton, L, Ndenkeh, JJ et al.. Using the Implementation Research Logic Model as a Lens to View Experiences of Implementing HIV Prevention and Care Interventions with Adolescent Sexual Minority Men-A Global Perspective. AIDS Behav. 2022; :. doi: 10.1007/s10461-022-03776-5. PubMed PMID:35947235 .
  2. Gu, LY, Zhang, N, Mayer, KH, McMahon, JM, Nam, S, Conserve, DF et al.. Autonomy-Supportive Healthcare Climate and HIV-Related Stigma Predict Linkage to HIV Care in Men Who Have Sex With Men in Ghana, West Africa. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. ;20 :2325958220978113. doi: 10.1177/2325958220978113. PubMed PMID:33733909 PubMed Central PMC7983411.
  3. Nelson, LE, Ajiboye, W, Djiadeu, P, Odhiambo, AJ, Pedersen, C, Ramos, SR et al.. A Web-Based Intervention to Reduce Decision Conflict Regarding HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Protocol for a Clinical Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2020;9 (6):e15080. doi: 10.2196/15080. PubMed PMID:32348250 PubMed Central PMC7324994.
  4. Ogunbajo, A, Leblanc, NM, Kushwaha, S, Boakye, F, Hanson, S, Smith, MDR et al.. Knowledge and Acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Ghana. AIDS Care. 2020;32 (3):330-336. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1675858. PubMed PMID:31597455 PubMed Central PMC6980967.
  5. Zhabokritsky, A, Nelson, LE, Tharao, W, Husbands, W, Sa, T, Zhang, N et al.. Barriers to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis among African, Caribbean and Black men in Toronto, Canada. PLoS One. 2019;14 (3):e0213740. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0213740. PubMed PMID:30925582 PubMed Central PMC6440797.
  6. Wheeler, DP, Fields, SD, Beauchamp, G, Chen, YQ, Emel, LM, Hightow-Weidman, L et al.. Pre-exposure prophylaxis initiation and adherence among Black men who have sex with men (MSM) in three US cities: results from the HPTN 073 study. J Int AIDS Soc. 2019;22 (2):e25223. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25223. PubMed PMID:30768776 PubMed Central PMC6376611.
  7. Djiadeu, P, Nguemo, J, Mukandoli, C, Odhiambo, AJ, Lightfoot, D, Mbuagbaw, L et al.. Barriers to HIV care among Francophone African, Caribbean and Black immigrant people living with HIV in Canada: a protocol for a scoping systematic review. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (1):e027440. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027440. PubMed PMID:30705245 PubMed Central PMC6359737.
  8. Hightow-Weidman, LB, Magnus, M, Beauchamp, G, Hurt, CB, Shoptaw, S, Emel, L et al.. Incidence and Correlates of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Black Men Who Have Sex With Men Participating in the HIV Prevention Trials Network 073 Preexposure Prophylaxis Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2019;69 (9):1597-1604. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy1141. PubMed PMID:30615169 PubMed Central PMC6792108.
  9. Wheeler, DP, Lucas, J, Wilton, L, Nelson, LE, Hucks-Ortiz, C, Watson, CC et al.. Building effective multilevel HIV prevention partnerships with Black men who have sex with men: experience from HPTN 073, a pre-exposure prophylaxis study in three US cities. J Int AIDS Soc. 2018;21 Suppl 7 :e25180. doi: 10.1002/jia2.25180. PubMed PMID:30334600 PubMed Central PMC6193312.
  10. Nelson, LE, McMahon, JM, Leblanc, NM, Braksmajer, A, Crean, HF, Smith, K et al.. Advancing the case for nurse practitioner-based models to accelerate scale-up of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. J Clin Nurs. 2019;28 (1-2):351-361. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14675. PubMed PMID:30230068 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Rochester