Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Kristen Wells, PhD

Research Interests

Janna’s research background is in identifying and reducing health disparities among underserved populations, particularly in the context of HIV and cancer. She is particularly interested in reducing health disparities and increasing quality of care for people living with HIV and sexual and gender minorities, especially with regard to cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship.

Representative Publications
  • Gordon, J. R., Barve, A., Chaudhari, V., Kosambiya, J., Kumar, A., Gamit, S., & Wells, K. J. (in press). ‘HIV is not an easily acceptable disease’: The role of HIV-related stigma in obtaining cervical cancer screening in India.

  • Gordon, J. R., Malcarne, V. L., Roesch, S. C, & Wells, K. J. (2018). Structural validity and measurement invariance of a Spanish language translation of the Pearlin Mastery Scale in primary care patients in Florida. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 41, 393-399

  • Kung, T., Gordon, J. R., Abdullahi, A., Barve, A., Chaudhari, V., Kosambiya, J., Kumar, A., Gamit, S., & Wells, K. J. (provisional acceptance). “My husband says this: If you are alive, you can be someone…”: Facilitators and barriers to cervical cancer screening among women living with HIV in India.

  • Mendu, S., Boukhechba, M., Gordon, J. R, Molina, E., Arroyo, G., Proctor, S. K., Wells, K., & Barnes, L. (2018). Design of a culturally-informed virtual human for educating Hispanic women about cervical cancer. PervasiveHealth 2018 Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare. 360 – 366.

  • Wells, K. J. & Gordon, J. R. (in press). Patient Navigation/Community Health Workers. In: L. Cohen (Ed.) The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.