International Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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International Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases-Dr. Erves is a researcher in the field of public health oncology focused on cancer prevention behaviors.-Jennifer Cunningham-Erves

United States

Meharry Medical College.

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Jennifer Cunningham-Erves


Jennifer Cunningham-Erves, PhD, MAEd, MS, CHES,
Research Instructor,
Department of Internal Medicine,
Meharry Medical College,
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599.

Research Interests:

  • Dr. Erves is a researcher in the field of public health oncology focused on cancer prevention behaviors.
  • Her work merges her long-standing interests in the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccine use, clinical research, community/patient engagement, minority health, and HPV-related cancer disparities.  
  • Her current concentration is using community/patient-engaged approaches to both gain an understanding of factors influencing HPV vaccination rates among African American (AA) adolescents, and design tailored, behavioral interventions to improve their vaccination rates.


  • Dr. Jennifer Cunningham Erves is a Research Instructor for Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tennessee.  
  • Her academic background is in Biology and Health Education and Health Promotion, with her main research interest being to improve HPV vaccination rates among adolescents and to identify potential patient/community-engaged research methods to improve rates.
  • Educated at Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Erves has been at Meharry College since 2013, first as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Community Engagement and now as a Research Instructor.
  • Her recent awards include being selected as a V-Pocket (Vanderbilt Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Career Knowledge, Education and Training) Scholar of Vanderbilt University, and a LEADS (Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success) Fellow for the University of Pittsburgh.
  • She has served as a reviewer for the journals Trials, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and Health Education Research.