John Nelson

John Nelson, PhD, CNS, CPNP

Program Director of the AIDS Education and Training Center National Coordinating Resource Center (FXB Center)
Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice

Drawing on his extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of persons living with HIV, Dr. John Nelson serves as Program Director of the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC), based at the Rutgers School of Nursing’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center. Dr. Nelson also is an instructor with the Rutgers School of Nursing HIV Care Specialization program, and a co-director of the school’s HIV Management of Families and Communities Research Center of Excellence.

Between 1989 and 2013, Dr. Nelson provided direct care to HIV-infected and HIV-at-risk adolescents and young adults in hospital-based, school-based, and community-based settings in New York City and state. In the early 1990s, he launched an adolescent HIV clinic in Brooklyn, and provided care to HIV-infected and at-risk adolescents at a day shelter for homeless or street youth in Manhattan. He also managed a hospital-based program in a rural county of New York state from 2002-2006, utilizing a mobile van to provide care to adolescents and young adults in small towns – with a focus on identifying and treating HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and other health conditions.

Dr. Nelson’s current and past research and clinical interests include adolescent and young adult HIV prevention and treatment, along with LGBTQ adolescent and young adult health determinants and experiences. Some of his research has involved the identification of sexual orientation victimization based on disclosure of sexual orientation to a healthcare provider by self-identifying lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents, and on differences in HIV care continuum outcomes between residents of metropolitan and rural areas in the United States.

Dr. Nelson earned his bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Washington University, a master’s in nursing science (becoming a pediatric clinical nurse specialist) from Yale University in 1989, post-master's certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Columbia University, and a PhD in nursing from New York University in 2006.
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