A three-time UCF alumnus and national expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health, Dr. Christopher Blackwell is currently the director of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the College of Nursing.

His work in the field of LGBTQ health was among the earliest on point-of-service screening of HIV by nurses. Today his research continues to guide nurses on providing care and making clinical decisions for high-risk and vulnerable populations. For example, his research on the use of a smart phone application to help providers make vaccine-administration decisions for HIV-infected adults has contributed to safer and more effective health outcomes.

A board-certified adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and adult nurse practitioner, Blackwell has received numerous honors in his career including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award. He has also been inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

In addition to his faculty appointments at the UCF College of Nursing, he serves as a commissioner on the board of directors for the certified nurse educator program for the National League for Nursing.

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Blackwell’s area of scholarship is health and social disparities in LGBTQ persons. He has studied high-risk sexual decision-making in gay and bisexual men who meet online,  HPV vaccination knowledge in gay and bisexual men, and levels of homophobia and attitudes among professional nurses regarding discrimination of LGBTQ nurses in the workplace.

In addition, he has published extensively in the areas of LGBTQ-health and within the LGBTQ social science literature—including peer-reviewed articles examining gay and bisexual men’s vaccination needs, HIV/AIDS prevention, mental health and substance abuse, anorectal carcinoma and screening, male sex work, and ethical nursing implications of conversion/reparative therapies on LGBTQ individuals.


Editorial Board

  • The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Associate Editor
  • Journal of American College Health, Consulting Editor

Expertise & Research