Jessica Wells (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She received a PhD from Emory University in 2012, along with a Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 2015 at Emory University. She earned a BSN from Howard University in 2006. Dr. Wells’ overarching focus is cancer control and prevention for people living with HIV and for vulnerable and historically excluded populations. She is currently the PI for a NIH-funded R01 that aims to implement an evidence-based, multi-level intervention to promote HPV vaccination in HIV community clinics.  Dr. Wells is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute, co-chair of the HIV and malignancies working group at Emory University CFAR, and member of the Advocacy and Campaign committee at the International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH). 

Professional Highlights 

Recipient, NIH Loan Repayment Program 

Emory CFAR Barbara Vicks Impact in HIV Research Award 

Southern Nursing Research Society’s Research in Minority Health Award 

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing 

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s Faculty Excellence Award 

Fellow, Woodruff Leadership Academy 2023 

Areas of Interest 


HPV-related cancers 


Women’s Health 

Health Disparities 

Cancer Prevention 

Diseases: HIV 


National Library of Medicine

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