Nicola Bulled, PhD

Assistant Research Professor (PI)


Research Overview

I am a public health anthropologist who intervenes in global health delivery to ensure effective, culture-centered, and structurally responsive policy and practice. I have worked with national, regional, and city governments, healthcare providers, community organizations, and community members. I use the tools and skills of an anthropologist to interrogate factors contributing to disease and healthcare needs, offering individual-, social-, and systems-level perspectives on public health programming, service delivery, and policy. My specific fields of interest include HIV prevention, infectious diseases, disease prevention technologies, health communication, and community collaboration. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut where I researched knowledge circulation as an HIV prevention technology among youth in urban and rural Lesotho. I completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Virginia, Center for Global Health where I examined citizen-state dynamics to secure water access. Prior to pursuing my advanced degrees, I served as a public health practitioner, working on HIV prevention initiatives in Lesotho, for the City of Boston, and at the Massachusetts State Laboratory. My research has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Fulbright IIE. I am presently examining the effects of social network characteristics on refugee integration among refugees in Greece. I am also developing a discrete choice analysis study applying a theories of practice framework to assess the determinants influencing uptake of multipurpose HIV prevention products (the vaginal Ring) in Southern Africa.


Honors Bachelor of Science, 2002, Biology, Colorado State University
Masters in Public Health, 2005, International Health, Boston University School of Public Health
PhD, 2012, Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2014, Interdisciplinary, University of Virginia, Center for Global Health

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