Anne M Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women's Health Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 223 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-1910

Dr. Teitelman is a leader in advancing health for girls and women nationally and internationally. She inspires others to seek a greater understanding of the contributions of social processes to health and illness, particularly for marginalized groups of people.

Dr. Teitelman, an expert advanced practice nurse, is interested in health promotion and advocacy, especially through primary health care with underserved populations. She has been teaching and inspiring advanced practice nursing students for over 20 years, challenging them to integrate social and behavioral research with health sciences to inform their practice. In addition, Dr. Teitelman teaches a graduate course on designing health promotion interventions, drawing students from across the campus. She is regularly invited as a guest lecturer, speaking on promotion of health among youth, sexual risk reduction for adolescents, and partner violence.

Dr. Teitelman’s research focuses on promoting equity and health for marginalized groups, especially adolescent girls and young women. She is currently Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded study in which she and her research team developed an HIV and partner abuse prevention program for adolescent girls, informed by elicitation research with the target population as well as health behavior theory and a gender perspective. The formative research conducted to guide the intervention development revealed several mechanisms that link partner abuse and HIV risk for young urban women, such as the phenomenon of “condom coercion”. The “Stand Up Together” intervention program is currently being evaluated in a randomized clinical trial, and while the outcome evaluation is ongoing, process measures demonstrate high levels of acceptability among participants. In a new line of inquiry, framed within a perspective that explores how health disparities become embedded within the body, Dr. Teitelman is investigating brain processes that may undermine optimal safer-sex decision-making among adolescent and young adult females. This pilot research, to explore novel bio-behavioral avenues for prevention, is funded by an NIH Center grant in the School of Medicine and is in collaboration with a neuroscience team. Exploring the voices of disenfranchised youth, Dr. Teitelman recently completed two community-based research projects, funded by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to assess youth perspectives on neighborhood and teen dating violence in Philadelphia. In her global health research agenda, Dr. Teitelman collaborates with researchers in Botswana and South Africa on understanding and preventing HIV and gender-based violence.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Health Equity Research

Clinical Practice
Dr. Teitelman has 25 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner providing primary care to underserved populations. She holds national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is credentialed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently practices in the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women's Health, which offers family planning services in the federally-funded Title X program.


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"HIV/AIDS is spreading along lines of disadvantage, with youth, women
and minorities increasingly affected. To combat this epidemic, we must understand and address its social and individual dimensions.

If you want to change the world, promote health, equity,and opportunity for adolescent girls and women."