Professor Emerita of Nursing

Dr. Jemmott is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention among African American adolescents, having been involved with $74 million in federal funding devoted to this issue during the course of her career. Several of her curricula have been designated for national use by the Centers for Disease Control. Her reputation has achieved international proportions, having recently been invited to South Africa to help impact HIV/AIDS in Africa.

I have observed how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has disproportionately impacted the African American community, becoming convinced the incidence could be reduced if people changed their sexual behaviors. Our research has demonstrated remarkable success reducing HIV risk associated sexual behaviors among African American adolescents and adults, specifically reducing the clinical incidence of STDs among African American women. Continued research will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.