S. Raquel Ramos, PhD, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC

Visiting Associate Professor

About

Dr. S. Raquel Ramos, PhD, MBA, MSN, FNP-BC is a Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University School of Nursing. She has over a decade of direct patient care experience as a nurse clinician in the areas of: critical care, interventional cardiology, LGBTQ+ health, long-term care, and HIV clinical research. Ramos’ formal training and expertise in consumer health informatics has cultivated her research questions about how both formative and technology-enabled approaches can inform sexual minority men of color about decision-making on HIV prevention and CVD prevention for persons with HIV.

Dr. Ramos has received multiple federal awards and subawards. She is currently funded on two NIH/NHLBI studies. The first study is a Mentored Career Development Award where she is conducting a wait-list control clinical trial to test the acceptability and feasibility of using a virtual environment for CVD prevention education in sexual minority men of color with HIV. The second study uses qualitative approaches for the development of a community-engaged CVD prevention protocol.
 
Dr. Ramos is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and is serving her second term as member on the editorial board. She has earned competitive NIH-sponsored fellowships to support her research program from the HIV Prevention Trials Network, the PRIDE CVD Summer Institute, the UCLA mHealth Summer Scholars Program, and the National Research Mentoring Network. In 2016, she received the prestigious 40 Under 40 Leader in Health Award from The National Minority Quality Forum.
 
Ramos was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Yale School of Nursing. She earned her PhD from Columbia University and her MSN, MBA, and BSN from Purdue University.
 

Research Interests

Dr. Ramos’ program of research examines how user-centered design and technology-enabled interventions can facilitate informed decision-making in sexual minority men of color with HIV and at risk of HIV-related chronic conditions.

Selected Books/Chapters

Uribe JS, Boyar K, Ramos SR. Bringing Research to Life for Undergraduate Nursing Students Using a Design Thinking Model. In Innovative use of concept care planning in a large class. Innovative strategies in teaching nursing: Exemplars of optimal learning outcomes 2020. Springer.

Selected Publications/Presentations 

Publications 

Ramos SR, Lardier DT, Bond KT, Boyd DT, O’Hare OM, Nelson LE, et al. Participatory Design of a Web-Based HIV Oral Self-Testing Infographic Experiment (HOTIE) for Emerging Adult Sexual Minority Men of Color: A Mixed Methods Randomized Control Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021;18(22):11881. 

Ramos SR, Lardier Jr DT, Opara I, Turpin RE, Boyd DT, Gutierrez Jr JI, Williams CN, Nelson LE, Kershaw T. Intersectional effects of sexual orientation concealment, internalized homophobia, and gender expression on sexual identity and HIV risk among sexual minority men of color: A path analysis. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 2021 Jul;32(4):495.

Ramos SR, Nelson LE, Jones SG, Ni Z, Turpin RE, Portillo CJ. A State of the Science on HIV Prevention Over 40 Years Among Black and Hispanic/Latinx Communities. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 2021 May 1;32(3):253-63.

Ramos SR, Lardier DT, Boyd DT, Gutierrez JI, Carasso E, Houng D, & Kershaw T. Profiles of HIV-risk, sexual power, and decision-making among sexual minority men of color who engage in transactional sex: A latent profile analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021 Jan;18(9):4961.

Ramos SR, Lardier DT, Warren RC, Cherian M, Siddiqui S, & Kershaw T. Substance use, general health, and health literacy as predictors of oral health in emerging adult sexual minority men of color: A secondary data analysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 2021 Jan;18(4):1987. 

Ramos SR, O’Hare OM, Colon AH, Jacobs SK, Campbell B, Kershaw T, Vorderstrasse A, Reynolds HR. Purely Behavioral: A Scoping Review of Nonpharmacological Behavioral and Lifestyle Interventions to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Persons Living With HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 2020 Sep 1;32(5):536-47.

Nelson LE, Ajiboye W, Djiadeu P, Odhiambo AJ, Pedersen C, Ramos SR, Lofters A, Mbuagbaw L, Williams G. A web-based intervention to reduce decision conflict regarding HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: protocol for a clinical trial. JMIR research protocols. 2020 Jun 15;9(6):e15080.

Ramos SR, Paintsil E, Ofori-Atta A, Kusah JT, Amissah AA, Ofori IP, Reynolds NR. Prototype development, usability, and preference of a culturally relevant pictorial aid to facilitate comprehension of Likert-type levels of agreement in caregivers of children living with HIV in Ghana. Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 2020 Jan;38(1):45

Ramos SR, Warren RC, Shedlin M, Melkus G, Kershaw T, and Vorderstrasse A. A framework for using eHealth interventions to overcome medical mistrust among sexual minority men of color living with chronic conditions. Behavioral Medicine. 2019; Apr 3;45(2):166-76. 

Ramos SR. User-Centered design, experience, and usability of an electronic consent user interface to facilitate informed decision-making in an HIV clinic. Comput Inform Nurs. 2017; Nov;35(11):556-564. 

Ramos SR, Gordon P, Bakken S, Schnall R. Sociotechnical analysis of health information exchange consent processes in an HIV clinic. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. 2016; Nov - Dec;27(6):792-803. Epub 2016 Aug 16. 

Presentations

Ramos SR, Beauchamp G, Wheeler DP, Wilton L, Whitfield DL, Boyd DT, Hightow-Weidman L, Fields SD, and Nelson LE. (2021, May). An Examination of Perceived Autonomy Support, Care Coordination Quality, and PrEP Discontinuation among Black MSM in Three US Cities: HPTN 073. Podium presentation at the 2021 HIV Prevention Trials Network Annual Meeting. 

Ramos SR, Boyd DT, Guillaume G, Camacho-Rivera M, and Fraser M. (2021, April). Formative development of a multi-level, community-engagement protocol to prevent CVD in sexual minority men of color living with HIV: The gaming protocol study. Abstract presentation at the 2021 NHLBI Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research Annual Meeting.  

Ramos SR. (2021, March). Formative and technology-enabled approaches to inform decision making in persons living with or at Risk of HIV. Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University: Qualitative Research Discussion Group. 

Ramos SR. (2016, June). User-centric design of a health information exchange eConsent for Persons Living with HIV: results from a mixed methods study. Podium presentation at: AcademyHealth 2016 Annual Research Meeting. Boston, MA.