Nanlesta Pilgrim

Nanlesta Pilgrim

Contact Information

627 N. Washington Street, 2nd Floor Rm J
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

(443) 287-5736
(410) 614-7386


Dr. Pilgrim's research focuses on familial  influences on adolescent sexual and reproductive health outcomes, with emphasis on HIV/AIDS. Her previous work investigated the association between family structure and female adolescents' sexual vulnerability to HIV in Rakai, Uganda.  She is currently in the process of assessing these relationships for male adolescents.  Dr. Pilgrim has also conducted research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the Caribbean region, specifically in Jamaica and Guyana. Dr. Pilgrim is the project coordinator for Project Connect Baltimore, which aims to increase the proportion of sexually active young men who receive quality sexual and reproductive health care in Baltimore City.  She also investigates the factors associated with clients’ satisfaction and perceived quality of care in family planning clinics in three metropolitian areas across the United States.

Honors and Awards

2013-2014    JHU Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) International Research Award, JHU 2011            The Delta Omega Society (National Honor Society of Public Health), JHBSPH 2011            The C. Esther and Paul A. Harper Award in Population and Family Health Sciences (excellence in doctoral dissertation), JHBSPH 2009 – 2011  The Jean and Sidney Silber Fund, JHBSPH 2009 – 2010  Endowed Fellowship in Family Planning and Reproductive Health, JHBSPH 2007 – 2009  Diversity and Health Disparities Predoctoral Fellowship, JHBSPH 2006              Wilbur Downs International Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine 2004 – 2005  Henry Hart Rice Foreign Residence Fellowship, Yale University 2003             Henry S. MCNeil Fellowship, Yale University 2002 –2004   Andrew Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Yale University/Andrew Mellon Foundation

Research Interests

adolescent health, family, HIV/AIDS, risk behaviors, caribbean, Uganda, quality of care, survey methodology