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Fellow, Global Women’s Health


Dr. Kellie Freeborn is a Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the treatment and prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Previously, she served as faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she specialized in teaching HIV prevention, management and policy issues. She helped to establish the first nurse practitioner-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinics in San Francisco. She also served on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau Office of HIV/AIDS Training and Capacity Development team at UCSF where she provided training to HIV providers. During her PhD studies at UCSF, Dr. Freeborn was the recipient of NIH T32 and F31 National Research Service Awards, which funded her research in the field of risk behavior changes among PrEP users. Throughout her career she has served as a clinical mentor to nurses, nurse practitioners and MDs in HIV care. Dr. Freeborn joins UNC Division of Global Women’s Health as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the MP3 project for HIV prevention among pregnant and breastfeeding women in Zambia and Malawi.

Areas of Research

  • HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention
  • Social network analysis
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Nursing education and role development
  • Implementation science


  • Diploma, Nursing, University of Manchester, 1996
  • BSc, Honours, Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, 1997
  • MSc, Nursing, Arizona State University, 2001
  • Board Certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner, 2001
  • PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, 2018