Natalie Leblanc’s 17-year career in public health, nursing, and health research investigates the ecological, cultural, and systemic factors (social determinants of health) that influence health and wellness outcomes. As a former public health specialist, she is able to critically assess health issues from both public health and clinical perspectives - globally and domestically. As a nurse researcher, she seeks to address and investigate determinants of health disparity, assets within these factors that can be leveraged toward achieving health equity to inform intervention implementation.

Current Focus

"Leblanc’s current research focuses on health care provider perspectives and praxis in sexual health promotion including across the HIV care continuum. She also studies the context of vulnerability among key populations to inform services in the U.S.

Leblanc’s program of research pursues three lines of inquiry:

health providers (e.g, physicians, nurses, social workers) perspectives, praxis and processes in sexual health promotion, specifically couple-centered approaches in HIV prevention and across the HIV care continuum; couple-centered HIV prevention and interpersonal relationship factors (e.g. couples/partners, provider/patient) that can be leveraged to promote sexual health equity; context of vulnerability to adverse sexual health outcomes (primarily HIV prevention, transmission and treatment) among marginalized populations such as: same-sex male couples, Black couples, women of color, and non-heteronormative populations such as men of color who have sex with men. These lines of inquiry aim to:

acknowledge the role of racism and anti-Black stigma and violence on sexual health inequities; discern assets in the health and community settings that can be leveraged to promote sexual health, specifically HIV prevention and engagement across the HIV care continuum. Leblanc primarily uses multi-method qualitative/quantitative approaches to inquiry. Her focus is on qualitative description, content and thematic analytic approaches, qualitative dyadic data collection and analysis, and observational techniques; she has also led and collaborated on projects that utilize: 1) synthesis approaches (metasynthesis and meta-analysis) continuum; and 2) descriptive and advanced statistical techniques."

Professional Experience
Post-doctoral Fellow (Tenure –track), University of Rochester, School of Nursing (HIV Prevention Science), Rochester, NY, US. 2016 - Current

Graduate Fellow Research Assistant, University of Miami, School of Nursing, Miami, FL, US. 2013 - 2016

Registered Nurse, North Florida Veterans Affair Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, US. 2013 - 2013

City Research Scientist II (Technical Assistance Coordinator/Project Officer), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control – HIV Testing Unit), New York, NY, US. 2009 - 2011

City Research Scientist I (Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner), New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention), New York, NY, US. 2006 - 2009

Teaching Assistant, Emory University, Global Health (Proposal Development Course), Atlanta, GA, US. 2006 - 2006

Research Specialist, Rwanda Zambia HIV/AIDS Research Group, Atlanta, GA, US. 2005 - 2006

Principal Investigator (Graduate student), Yendi District Hospital, GH. 2005 - 2005

Graduate Assistant, Global Health Action, Atlanta, GA, US. 2004 - 2005

Consultant/Technical Advisor, The Carter Center, Global 2000 (Guinea Worm Eradication Program), Northern Region, GH. 2003 - 2003

Drancunculiasis Eradication Program Coordinator (Peace Corps Volunteer), Peace Corps, GH. 2000 - 2002

Legal Assistant (Tax Certiori), Podell, Schwartz, Schectner & Banfield LLP, New York, NY, US. 1999 - 2000

Paralegal (Immigration), Stephen Jeffries and Associates, New York, NY, US. 1998 - 1999

McKnight Fellow
University of Miami, School of Nursing, 2013

Global Field Experience Award
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 2005

South Florida Providers’ Approaches to HIV Screening & Patient Engagement into Care
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 29th Annual Conference, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

How to Get People to Test for HIV and Obtain their Results: A Qualitative Metasynthesis of Published Works from 2008 to 2013
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 28th Annual Conference, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

Anal Cancer Awareness and Screening Behaviors Among HIV-infected Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Florida
American Association for Cancer Research Meeting, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

Exploring the Concept of Negotiated Safety: Implications for Reducing HIV Risk among Black Men who have Sex with Men
National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

The Impact of Parent Reaction to Sexual Orientation on Depressive Symptoms and Sex Risk among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men
Sigma Theta Tau International 25th International Nursing Research Congress, 2014

National HIV Prevention Conference 2011, Implementation of the Social Network Strategy – The New York City Experience
, 2011
Atlanta, Georgia

Knowledge, Risk and Barriers: Willingness to Test for HIV Among Men in Yendi District, Ghana
Unite for Sight Conference, 2010
New Haven, Connecticut

A Comprehensive Approach to an Evaluation of Couples Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing at Project San Francisco in Kigali, Rwanda
XVI International AIDS Conference, 2006
Kigali, Rwanda

Leblanc, N.M., Crean, H.F., Dyer, T.P., Zhang, C., Turpin, R., Zhang, N., Smith, M.D.R., McMahon, J., Nelson, L. (2021). Correction to: Ecological and Syndemic Predictors of Drug Use During Sex and Transactional Sex among U.S. Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Secondary Data Analysis from the HPTN 061 Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-021-02033-5

De Santis J.P., Quidley-Rodriguez N., Mathurin E.P., Valdes B., Leblanc N.M., Provencio-Vasquez E., & Martinez J. (2020). Circumventing vs. Guiding: A Grounded Theory Study of Sexual Negotiation Among Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2020.1734711

Harris O.O., Leblanc N., McGee K., Randolph S., Wharton M.J., & Relf M. (2020). Alarm at the Gate-Health and Social Inequalities are Comorbid Conditions of HIV and COVID-19. JANAC Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 31 (4), 367-375. PMID: 32568762 DOI: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000190

Zhang C., McMahon J., Leblanc N., Braksmajer A., Crean H.F., & Alcena-Stiner D. (2019). Association of Medical Mistrust and Poor Communication with HIV-Related Health Outcomes and Psychosocial Wellbeing Among Heterosexual Men Living with HIV. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. PMID: 31755736 DOI: 10.1089/apc.2019.0200

Braksmajer, A., Leblanc, N. M., El-Bassel, N., Urban, M. A., & McMahon, J. M. (2019). Feasibility and acceptability of pre-exposure prophylaxis use among women in violent relationships. Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 31 (4), 475-480. PMID: 30045629 DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2018.1503634

McMahon J.M., Braksmajer A., Zhang C., Leblanc N., Chen M., Aidala A., & Simmons J. (2019). Syndemic factors associated with adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive adult heterosexual men. AIDS Research and Therapy, 16 (1). PMID: 31706357 DOI: 10.1186/s12981-019-0248-9

Ogunbajo A., Leblanc N.M., Kushwaha S., Boakye F., Hanson S., Smith M.D.R., & Nelson L.E. (2019). Knowledge and Acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Ghana. AIDS Care-Psychological And Socio-Medical Aspects Of AIDS/HIV. PMID: 31597455 DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1675858

Nelson, L. E., McMahon, J. M., Leblanc, N. M., Braksmajer, A., Crean, H. F., Smith, K., & Xue, Y. (2019). Advancing the case for nurse practitioner-based models to accelerate scale-up of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 28, 351-361. PMID: 30230068 DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14675

Leblanc, N. M., & McMahon, J. (2019). Perceived facilitators and barriers to couples' HIV testing and counseling in U.S. clinical settings: Perspectives from U.S. health providers. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. PMID: 30672780 DOI: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000055

Zhang C., McMahon J., Fiscella K., Przybyla S., Braksmajer A., LeBlanc N., & Liu Y. (2019). HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Implementation Cascade Among Health Care Professionals in the United States: Implications from a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 33 (12), 507-527. PMID: 31821044 DOI: 10.1089/apc.2019.0119

Leblanc, N. M., Albuja, L., & DeSantis, J. (2018). The uses of self and space: Health providers' approaches to engaging patients into the HIV care continuum. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 32 (8), 321-329. PMID: 30067407 DOI: 10.1089/apc.2017.0284

Leblanc, N. M., & Mitchell, J. W. (2018). Providers’ perceptions of couples’ HIV testing and counseling (CHTC): Perspectives from a U.S. HIV epicenter. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 7 (1), 22-33. DOI: 10.1037/cfp0000097

Barroso, J., Leblanc, N. M., & Flores, D. (2017). It's Not Just the Pills: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis of HIV Antiretroviral Adherence Research. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28 (4), 462-478.

Mitrani, VB., De Santis, JP., McCabe, BE., Deleon, DA., Gattamorta, KA., Leblanc, NM (2017). The impact of parental reaction to sexual orientation on depressive symptoms and sexual risk behavior among Hispanic men who have sex with men. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 31 (4), 352-358.

Koskan, A., & Leblanc, N. (2016). HPV knowledge and screening among gay men of color in South Florida. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 25(3 Supplement), B72.

Leblanc, N.M., Mitchell, J. & DeSantis, J. (2016). Negotiated safety – components, context and use: An integrative literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Flores, D., Leblanc, N., & Barroso, J. (2016). Enroling and retaining human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients in their care: A metasynthesis of qualitative studies. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 26 (3), 294-306.

Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., McCabe, B., Leblanc, N., De Santis, J.P. & Provencio-Vasquez, E. (2016). The contribution of stress, cultural factors and sexual identity on the substance abuse, violence, HIV and depression syndemic among Hispanic men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22 (4), 563-571.

Koskan, A., Leblanc, N. & Rosa-Cunha, I. (2016). Exploring anal dysplasia screening perceptions and behaviors among HIV-infected gay and bisexual men. Cancer Control, 23 (1), 52-58.

Flores, D., Leblanc, N., & Barroso, J. (2015). Facilitators and barriers to HIV screening: A qualitative metasynthesis. Qualitative Health Research, 26 (3), 294-306.

Leblanc, N. M., & Andes, K. L. (2015). An exploration of men's knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of HIV, HIV risk, and willingness to test for HIV in Yendi District, Northern Ghana. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 26 (3), 281-295.