Erik J. Nelson

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(812) 855-5143
PH C033

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 2014
  • University of Minnesota, MPH, 2010
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2008
  • 2016-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health - Bloomington, Indiana University
  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
Research Interests

Dr. Nelson's research combines epidemiologic, statistical, and geospatial modeling techniques to identify where and why health disparities occur so that appropriate interventions can be developed to help overcome them. His research has utilized novel online recruitment techniques and Bayesian spatio-temporal models. His main areas of interest include sexual health, screening, cancer prevention, and social epidemiology. His methods have been applied to address several public health issues such as human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccination, condom availability, lead exposure, violence, substance abuse, gestational weight gain, air pollution, salmonella, and the Zika Virus.

Link to ResearchGate

Selected Publications

Boutwell, BB, Nelson, EJ, Qian, Z, Vaughn, MG, Wright, J, Beaver, K, Schootman, M, Rosenfeld, R, Lewis, R. (2017) “Aggregate-Level Lead Exposure, Gun Violence, Homicide, and Rape.” PLoS One 2017; 12(11): e0187953. PMID: 29176826.

Salas-Wright, CP, Nelson, EJ, Vaughn, MG, Cordova, D, Reingle Gonzalez, JM. (2017) “Downward Trends in Fighting and Violence among Adolescents in the United States: Evidence from the NSDUH 2002-2014.” American Journal of Public Health. PMID: 28426317.

Shacham, E, Nelson, EJ, Schootman, M, Garza, A. (2017) “Potential high risk areas for Zika virus infection in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health. PMID: 28323468.

Nelson, EJ, Arnold, L, Maynard, B, Fatla, J, Gordon, R, Loux, T. (2017) “Acceptability of self-sampling for HPV infection: a meta-analysis and systematic review of the literature.” Sexually Transmitted Infections. PMID: 28100761.

Schootman M, Nelson EJ, Werner K, Shacham E, Elliott M, Ratnapradipa K, Lian M, McVay Al. (2016) “Emerging technologies to measure neighborhood conditions in public health: implications for interventions and next steps.” Int J Health Geographics. 2016; 15(1):1-9. PMID: 27339260.

Nelson, EJ, Shacham, E, Boutwell, B, Emo, B, Vaughn, M, Rosenfeld, R, Schootman, M. (2015) “Childhood lead exposure and sexually transmitted diseases: New evidence.” Environmental Research. 143(Pt A): 131-7. PMID: 26479187.

Shacham, E, Nelson, EJ, Schulte, L, Bloomfield, M, Murphy, R. (2016) “Geographic variation in condom availability and accessibility.” AIDS and Behavior. 2016 Dec; 20 (12): 2863-2872. PMID: 27844405.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2015) “Geospatial patterns of human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in Minnesota.” BMJ Open. Aug 27; 5(8). PMID: 26316652.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Thyagarajan, B, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2014). “Human papillomavirus infection in women who self-collected vaginal swabs after internet recruitment.” Journal of Community Health. p. 1-8. PMID: 25257565.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2014) “Estimation of geographic variation in human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in men and women: an online survey using Facebook recruitment.” Journal of Medical Internet Research. PMID: 25231937.