Dr. Nelson is the Independence Foundation Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Global Affairs and Planetary Health at Yale School of Nursing. He also serves on the Yale Institute of Global Health’s Leadership Advisory Committee. He is an affiliate scientist with MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is also the inaugural holder of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Research Chair in Implementation Science with Black Communities in Canada.
His implementation science research spans multiple countries. Currently, he is leading a National Institute of Health funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating a multi-level intersectional stigma-reduction intervention for its efficacy in improving rates of HIV testing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Ghana.
He is also leading a team in Uganda on the implementation of rapid recovery from post-traumatic stress symptoms among communities impacted by flood disasters caused by the effects of climate-change on extreme rain events and rising water levels on Lake Victoria.
Prof. Nelson is the protocol co-chair for HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 096, a community-RCT to test an integrated, HIV status-neutral intervention to reduce HIV incidence among Black Men who have Sex with Men in the southern United States.
Faculty webpage: https://nursing.yale.edu/faculty-research/faculty-directory/laron-e-nelson-phd-rn-fnp-fnap-faan