Post-doctoral Fellow in HIV Prevention Science, 2016. School of Nursing, University of Rochester. Rochester, NY
PhD, 2016. School of Nursing, University of Miami. Miami, FL
B.S.N, 2012. College of Nursing, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL
M.P.H, 2006. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Atlanta, GA
B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, 1998. Trinity College. Hartford, CT
The overarching goal of Dr. Leblanc's research is to develop new, innovative ways to address health inequities among vulnerable individuals. Her work, which is strengthened by her 15-year career in public health, has focused on health promotion and disease prevention among neglected populations both in the United States and abroad. Recently, Dr. Leblanc's research interest is in the area of sexual health, specifically HIV prevention among populations of color and non-hetero-normative behavior, as well as the influence of healthcare providers and healthcare systems on the health of these populations.
Dr. Leblanc's dissertation explored health providers perceptions of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC), a public health strategy that involves HIV screening of individuals who are or plan to be in a sexual relationship; and health provider approaches to engaging couples into the HIV care continuum. She is particularly interested in interpersonal factors among couples, as well as between patients and providers, that influence couple-centered HIV prevention and sexual health. In addition, she has studied the context of vulnerability among men of color who have sex with men (MSM) and male couples in order to enhance and tailor services in the United States.
As a former public health specialist, Dr. Leblanc is able to critically assess health issues from both a public health and clinical perspective. Her wide-range of work in public health included managing programs aimed at disease prevention and eradication in Africa, integrating HIV testing and linkage to care strategies in the New York City Health Department, and conducting a needs assessment for a universal hospital-based HIV testing program in Ghana, West Africa.
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
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.