Dr. Nelson's research combines epidemiologic, statistical, and geospatial modeling techniques to identify where and why health disparities occur so that appropriate interventions can be developed to help overcome them. His research utilizes novel online recruitment techniques and Bayesian spatio-temporal models. His main areas of interest include health disparities, sexual health, screening, cancer prevention, environmental lead exposure, and social epidemiology. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of public health issues such as human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccination, lead exposure, violence, substance abuse, air pollution, and cognitive functioning.
Research InterestsSexual and reproductive health
Environmental lead exposure
Substance abuse disorders