Eric J. Nehl, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences, the Director for the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Function for the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA), a Co-Investigator and Director of Evaluation for the Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point-of-Care Technologies (ACME POCT; 1U54EB027690-01) / RADx Emergency COVID-19 Supplement (3U54EB027690-02S1), and Director of Evaluation for a recently completed grant supplement, Strategic Plan and Development of Online Education at the Georgia CTSA (3UL1TR002378-02S1).
Dr. Nehl’s research career began with the Behavioral Research Center of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) National Home Office. While at ACS his research focused on cancer and chronic disease prevention and control through the study and modification of behavioral risk factors (including physical activity, diet, tobacco initiation-use-cessation, and sun exposure and protection) in special populations focusing on theoretical model testing, research methods, and data analysis. This work continued through his graduate school career, during which his research focused on the theory-based study of physical activity as a risk factor for disease among African Americans. For over three years he was also the Data Analyst for a nationwide multi-level skin cancer prevention program at swimming pools (Diffusion of an Effective Skin Cancer Prevention Program; R01CA092505). After completing his graduate degree in 2009 he transitioned from study staff to faculty at Emory.
Dr. Nehl’s research portfolio includes the social determinants of health of minorities in China and the United States. He has been Co-Investigator and / or Data Analyst on several federally-funded projects focusing on HIV risk behaviors. This research has given him the chance to study high-risk populations for various health behaviors, including alcohol, drug and tobacco use, social support and sexual risk taking after substance use.
In his role as Director of Evaluation and Continuous Improvement for the Georgia CTSA, Dr. Nehl leads evaluation efforts across a collaboration between Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the University of Georgia and several healthcare partners, by utilizing innovative approaches to assess and improve programmatic impact and program effectiveness.
Areas of Interest
- Behavior and Health
- Cancer Prevention
- Global Health
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- BS - Health Education 1998, Ball State University
- MS - Community Health Education 2001, Ball State University
- PhD - Health Behavior 2009, Indiana University
- BSHES 520: Theory Driven Research
- BSHES 526: Program Planning
- BSHES 532: Quantitative Data Analysis
- Nehl, E., Klein, H., Sterk, C.E., Elifson, K.W., 2016, Prediction of HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Disadvantaged African American Adults Using a Syndemic Conceptual Framework., AIDS Behavior, 20, 449-460
- Chen, Y.T., Ibragimov, U., Nehl, E.J., Zheng, T., He, N., Wong, F.Y., 2016, Validity of the CAGE questionnaire for men who have sex with men (MSM) in China., Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 160, 151-156
- Yan, H., Ding, Y., Wong, F.Y., Ning, Z., Zheng, T., Nehl, E.J., & He, N. , 2015, Epidemiological and molecular characteristics of HIV infection among money boys and general men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China. , Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 31, 135-141, ,
- Lin, L., Brown, K. B., Hall, B. J., Yu, F., Yang, J., Wang, J., Schrock, J. M., Bodomo, A. B., Yang, L., Yang, B., Nehl, E. J., Tucker, J. D., Wong, F. Y., 2015, Overcoming barriers to health-care access: A qualitative study among African migrants in Guangzhou, China., Global Public Health, ,
- Glanz, K., Escoffery, C., Elliott T. & Nehl, E. , 2015, Randomized trial of two dissemination strategies for a skin cancer prevention program in aquatic settings., American Journal of Public Health., ,
- Nehl, E.J., Elifson, K., DePadilla, L., Sterk, C., 2015, Sex Partner Type, Drug Use and Condom Use Self-Efficacy Among African Americans from Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: Are Associations with Consistent Condom Use Moderated by Gender?, Journal of Sex Research, 18, 1-11
- Nehl, E.J., Han, J.J., Wu, Y., Huang, Z.J., Wong, F.Y., & the MATH Consortium. , 2015, Substance use among a national sample of Asian/Pacific Islander men who have sex with men in the U.S. , Journal of Psychoactive Drugs., ,
- Nehl, E.J., Talley, C.L., Ong, P.M., Takahashi, L.M., Yu, F., Nakayama, K.K., Lin, L., Ross, M.W., The MATH Consortium & Wong, F.Y., 2014, Dating preferences among self-identified gay men of Asian descent in the United States. , Asian American Journal of Psychology. 5(4) 335-343., ,
- Lin, L., Brown, K.B., Yu, F., Yang, J., Wang, J., Schrock, J.M., Bodomo, A.B., Yang, L.G., Yang, B., Nehl, E.J., Tucker, J.D., Wong, F.Y. (2014). , 2014, Health care experiences and perceived barriers to health care access: A qualitative study among African migrants in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. , Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI 10.1007/s10903-014-0114-8, ,
- Tran, A., Berg, C.J., Nehl, E.J., & Sales, J.M. , 2014, Problem drinking behaviors: Differential effects of stress and type of school on black versus white college students. , Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 4, 216-221 http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojpm.2014.44027, ,
- Yan, H., Wong, F.Y., Zheng, T., Ning, Z., Ding, Y., Nehl, E.J. Lin, L. & He, N. , 2014, Social support and depressive symptoms among money boys and general men who have sex with men in Shanghai, China. , Sexual Health. 11(3); 285-287., ,
- Berg, C.J., Nehl, E.J., Wang, X., Ding, Y., He, N. & Wong, F.Y., 2014, Utilization of cessation resources among HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who smoke and who have sex with men in Chengdu, China., Nicotine and Tobacco Research., ,