Assistant Professor of Nursing

With an awareness of the personal and contextual factors that increase sexual and gender diverse individuals’ vulnerability for HIV/STI infection and poor care-related outcomes, the first study Dr. Flores led investigated the conditions that contributed to the recent HIV infection of young gay men in Atlanta.

That study has fueled his subsequent HIV/STI prevention work that includes both urban and rural community education, being a national spokesperson for HIV testing campaigns, and workforce development with around 1400 nurses across three continents. His commitment to HIV/AIDS care and nursing leadership throughout his career includes serving in various leadership roles for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

“Nurses across a variety of care settings have a tremendous capacity to positively impact the health of sexual minority youth and their families. My work at Penn Nursing is focused on formulating an array of sexuality-inclusive interventions that will result in better family dynamics to minimize sexual minority youth’s risks for adverse health outcomes. By focusing on assisting parents and sexual minority youth form risk-averse behaviors during childhood and adolescence, we will be able to make a dent in addressing the health disparities associated with this population.” 


  • PhD, Duke University, 2016
  • MSN, Emory University, 2012
  • BSN, Kennesaw State University, 2006