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Assistant Professor
Kamila Alexander

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Research Interests

Community; Disparities; Genetics; Health Behavior; HIV/AIDS; Men's Health; Public Health; Sexual Health; Social Determinants of Health/Poverty; Trauma; Violence; Women's Health
Experiences & Accomplishments
Kamila A. Alexander is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the PhD and Postdoctoral programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her research examines the socio-structural determinants of trauma and violence on sexual, mental, and reproductive health outcomes among marginalized young people. As a trained advanced practice public health nurse, Dr. Alexander uses health equity and social justice lenses to examine the complex roles that intimate partner violence, HIV resilience, societal gender expectations, and economic opportunity play in the experience of intimate human relationships. She is recognized for her scientific and community-engaged leadership as a member of the inaugural cohort of Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.
Honors & Awards
2020 Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean’s Award – Outstanding Nurse Researcher
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
2016 Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) Faculty Fellow Award
2015 New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Award Recipient, 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
2009 William T.V. Fontaine Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
2001 Global Health Promotions Scholar, Johns Hopkins University/University of Gothenburg, Baltimore, MD
2001 United States Peace Corps Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
2001 Rhodes/Carpenter Scholar, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
1996 Leadership for America Presidential Scholar, Howard University, Washington, DC
Select Publications
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Fix, R. L., Holliday Nworu, C. N., Alexander, K. A., & Powell, T. W. (2023). Promoting an antiracist approach to address illegal sexual behavior among Black youth in the United States. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI:10.1007/s10508-022-02466-6
  • Matson PA, Flessa SJ, Hoff A, Alinsky R, Alexander K.A., Lich KH, Johnson RM. (2023) “What do you consider use?”: Perspectives of Black youth on cannabis use. Journal of Adolescent Health 72(2): 254-259.
  • Alexander, K.A. & Miller, E. (Oct 20, 2022) Sexual violence – Another public health emergency. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(10):e2236285. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.36285
  • Zemlak, J.L., Marineau, L., Willie, T.C., Addison, H., Edwards, G., Kershaw, T., Alexander, K.A. (in press) Contraceptive use among women experiencing intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion: The moderating role of PTSD and Depression. Violence Against Women
  • Tobin, K.E., Heidari, O., Winiker, A., Pollock, S., Davey-Rothwell, M., Alexander, K.A., Owczarzak, J., Latkin, C. (in press) Peer-approaches to improve HIV/AIDS care outcomes: A scoping review focused on behavioral mechanisms. Current HIV Reports
SOURCE Service-Learning Academy
Exploring HIV risk and social support among high-risk sexual minority women (HR-SMW)