Eric J. Nehl, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and the Director for the Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Function for the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA).
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 prevention and control through the study of behavioral risk factors (including physical activity, diet, tobacco initiation-use-cessation, and sun exposure and protection). The majority of his work focused on health equity, theoretical model testing, research methods, and data analysis. For over three years Dr. Nehl served as the Data Analyst for a nationwide multi-level skin cancer prevention program at swimming pools (R01; Diffusion of an Effective Skin Cancer Prevention Program).
Dr. Nehl received his PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington, and his dissertation research focused on the theory-based study of physical activity as a risk factor for cancer among African American college students. After completing his graduate degree in 2009, he transitioned from study staff to Assistant Research Professor at Emory University.
Dr. Nehl’s research portfolio has expanded to include the health behaviors of sexual minorities in China and the U.S. In his role as Co-Investigator for the recently-completed project (R01; Risks for HIV/STIs and Their Psychological Correlates among Chinese MSM) and the ongoing project (R01; A Molecular-Social Network Investigation of HIV-HCV Co-infection in Chinese MSM), he conducts studies of various health behaviors; including tobacco, drug and alcohol use.
He is currently directing a study of rural MSM in the US with the Region IV Public Health Training Center, and he leads the data analyses for two other R01 projects (R01; People and Places: Neighborhood Effects on Drug Use Among African American Adults) and (R01; Be Healthy: Neighborhood Effects on HIV Risk-Taking).
In his role as Director of Evaluation and Continuous Improvement for 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
- BSHE 532: Quantitative Data Analysis
- BSHE 520: Theory Driven Research
- BSHE 526: Program Planning
- 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, ,
- 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., ,
- 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., ,
- 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., ,
- 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, ,
- 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., ,
- 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, ,
- 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., ,
- 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, ,
- 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
- 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
- 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