Bio

Mitchell Wharton is an associate professor of clinical nursing and is the associate dean for equity and inclusion. Within the School of Nursing they teach in the Master’s Nurse Practitioner programs, serve as a faculty advisor for the student-led Leading with Integrity For Tomorrow (LIFT) program, and is an active member of the Interdisciplinary Sexual Health and HIV Research (INSHHR) group. A 2015 recipient of the School of Nursing’s Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner Award, Wharton maintains an active clinical practice in the Center for Perioperative Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital and serves as the president-elect for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Wharton’s research scholarship focuses on identifying asset based-modalities of HIV prevention and health maintenance in marginalized populations by examining the intersectionalities of age, race, sexual identity and behaviors, and human rights. They have received a Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) pilot award to examine the sexual oriented engagements with multiple networked technologies among young Black men who have sex with men.

Wharton earned a BSN and MSN from Widener University, and a PhD from the University of Rochester. They completed a post-doctoral fellowship in HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.



Professional Experience
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 2/2021 - Current

Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Rochester, School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 7/2013 - 1/2021

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellow, University of Rochester, Department of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine Division (Adolescent Health), Rochester, NY. 2004 - 2005

Awards
Dean's Appreciation Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2021

Civillian Service Award
Monroe County Sheriff's Office, 2020

Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award
University of Rochester, School of Nursing, 2020

Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2015

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Xi Chapter, 2014

Dr. Mark A. Colomb Emerging Young Leader Award
2014 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities, 2014

MOCHA Center Research Award
The MOCHA Center, 2012

Katherine M. Donohoe Scholarly Nurse Practitioner Award
University of Rochester, School of Nursing, 2011

Presentations
Staying Sexy in your 60’s and Beyond: Sexual Health and Wellness for Persons Aging with HIV.
Treston, C., Kwong, J., Steilen, M., Dawson-Rose, C., & Wharton, M. J.
2022 International AIDS Conference, International AIDS Society, 2022
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Nurses at the intersection of healthcare and human rights.
Treston, C., Kwong, J., Webbel, C., Dawson-Rose, C., Steillen, M., Fields, S., Wharton, M. J., & Phillips, C.
2018 International AIDS Conference, International AIDS Society, 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby”: Cultivating desire in the field of HIV prevention.
Collins, C., Lucas, J. P., Pickett, J., & Wharton, M. J.
2017 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS & Other Health Disparities, NAESM, 2017
Dallas, Texas

“You have to almost like be me to understand”: Young Black men who have sex with men’s emic strategies for maintaining an HIV-negative status.
Wharton, M. J.
2016 International AIDS Conference,, International AIDS Society, 2016
Durban, South Africa

A deeper love: Developing more nuanced understandings of young black MSM’s sexual engagements of networked technologies.
Brockenbrough, E., & Wharton, M. J.
2016 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities, NAESM, 2016
Los Angeles, California

Anal Health & MSM
Collins, C., Cranston, R., Lucas, J. P., Wharton, M. J., & Carballo-Dieguez, A.
2015 United States Conference on AIDS, USCA, 2015
Washington, District Of Columbia

The provocative professor: Pornography as a tool for sex education and maintaining HIV-negative status among young Black men who have sex with men.
Wharton, M. J., & Brockenbrough, E.
2014 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities, NAESM, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

Measuring HIV knowledge among young Black MSM.
Wharton, M. J., Fields, S. D., Harris, O. O., & Hoftender, M.
2014 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities, NAESM, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

Publications
Akinbolue, D., Day, T., Raifman, J. Morgan, A., Mehta. S., Stewart, R. W., Wharton, M. J., & Arrington-Sanders, R. (2022). Qualitative exploration of PCPs’ mental health role for LGBT youth in Baltimore: a socio-ecological lens.. Journal of LGBT Youth. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2022.2108534

Alio, A.P., Wharton, M.J., & Fiscella, K. (2022). Structural Racism and Inequities in Access to Medicaid-Funded Quality Cancer Care in the United States. JAMA Network Open, 1 (5). PMID: 35838674 DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.22220

Fields, S.D., Wharton, M.J., Ackerman-Barger, K., Lewis, L.M., Beard, K.V., (2022). The Rise of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Practitioners in Academic Nursing. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 27 (1). DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol27No01Man03

Wharton. M. J., Harris, O. O., Chapman Lambert, C., & LeGrand, S. (2021). "The More Things Change, the More Things Remain the Same": It's Time to Dismantle Structural Inequalities of Racism, Discrimination, and Health Disparities. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 32 (4), 413-417. PMID: 34115721 DOI: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000283

Zhang, C., Wharton, M.J., Xue, Y., & LeBlanc, N. (2020). Understanding the evolving role of nurse practitioners in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis care in the United States: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Nursing, 19 (117). PMID: 33292201 PMCID: PMC7724856 DOI: 10.1186/s12912-020-00503-0

Harris, O. O., Leblanc, N., McGee, K., Randolph, S., Wharton, J. M., & Relf, M. (2020). Alarm at the Gate – Health and Social Inequalities are Co-Morbid Conditions of HIV and COVID-19. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 31 (4), 367-375. PMID: 32568762 PMCID: PMC8272948 DOI: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000190

Fields, S.D., Wharton, M. J., Marrero, A.I., Little, A., Pannell, K., Morgan, J.H. (2006). Internet chat rooms: connecting with a new generation of young men of color at risk for HIV infection who have sex with other men.. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 17 (6), 53-60.

Projects
“Our Lives Matter”: Exploring the Impact of COVID- 19 on Black/African American and Latino Sexual Minority Men’s Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment Services, Resources Security, and Vaccination Acceptance and Uptake
Center for AIDS Research, University of California, San Francisco
9/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Role: Co-Investigator, New York Site PI
PI: Orlando Harris, PhD, MPH