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  • van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Director and founder, Center for Urban Health Research
  • Director and founder, Center for Health Disparities Research
  • Co-Chair, Behavior and Social Science Research Core, Center for AIDS Research, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Jemmott is one of the nation’s foremost psychiatric health nurse behavioral scientists in the field of HIV risk reduction research. Her premier contribution to the advancement of psychiatric mental health nursing is the development of knowledge on how best to facilitate and promote changes in health behaviors. During the course of her career, Dr. Jemmott has received over seventy-four million dollars in federal funding, as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for her work on HIV prevention. She has led the nation in understanding the psychological determinants for reducing risk-related behaviors among African American and Latino youth and women. Dr. Jemmott has partnered with community-based organizations, including churches, clinics and schools, to effectively translate and disseminate her research into prevention programs. Her work has resulted in the national dissemination and translation of three of her evidence-based HIV risk reduction curricula by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, as model curricula in their “Programs That Work” initiative.

Dr. Jemmott is an internationally renowned scholar, having been invited by the National Institutes of Health as a U.S. Delegate to South Africa to help develop HIV risk reduction research initiatives. This resulted in an NIH funded HIV risk-reduction study for South African youth. Dr. Jemmott’s research has changed public policy as it relates to the use of theory-driven, culturally appropriate, evidenced-based HIV risk reduction interventions in community settings. She has presented her research to the U.S. Congress at an HIV Prevention Briefing and at the NIH’s Consensus Development Conference on Interventions to Reduce HIV Risk Behaviors. Dr. Jemmott has received numerous prestigious awards for her significant contribution to the profession, to the field of HIV prevention research and to the community. Two such honors, the U.S. Congressional Merit Award and election to membership in the Institute of Medicine, are honors accorded very few nurses.

jemmott@nursing.upenn.edu