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Dr. Dalmacio Dennis Flores

Assistant Professor


LGBTQ adolescent health, parent-child sex communication, HIV/STI prevention, equity and social justice in nursing research, inclusive mentorship and student empowerment, intervention development, qualitative metasyntheses, engaged scholarship

Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, ACRN, FAAN is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, an affiliated faculty at the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Program, and is a Visiting Professor at the Center for Research on AIDS at Yale University’s School of Public Health. He has led studies that investigates the role of parents in the sexual health education of their adolescent sons who identify as sexual and gender diverse. Through interventions around inclusive parent-child sex communication, he believes that the early provision of sexual health information attuned to the attractions, behavior, and identities of LGBTQ+ adolescents can reduce the formation of risky sexual behavior and this population’s susceptibility to HIV/STI infection. With an awareness of the personal and contextual factors that increase sexual and gender diverse populations’ vulnerability for HIV/STI infection and poor care-related outcomes, Dr. Flores works with nonprofit organizations and community members to identify and develop interventions suitable to LGBTQ+ youth’s unique contexts. His work has included both urban and rural community education, being a national spokesperson for HIV testing campaigns, and workforce development with around 1500 nurses across three continents. His commitment to HIV/AIDS care and leadership throughout his career includes serving in various leadership roles for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Dr. Flores earned his PhD from Duke University, a Masters in Public Health Nursing Leadership at Emory University, and a Bachelors in Nursing from Kennesaw State University in GA.

Populations of Interest:

LGBTQ youth and their parents

Dr. Dalmacio Dennis Flores