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Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. - Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott balances many roles at the University of Pennsylvania. She is professor and co-director for its School of Nursing's Center for Health Disparities Research, assistant provost for minority and gender equity, and serves secondary appointments in the university's School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education. She was recently appointed the van Ameringen Chair in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing, which is one of the school's most prestigious honors.

Dr. Sweet Jemmott received her B.S. in nursing from Hampton University. She received both her M.S. in psychiatric mental health nursing and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sweet Jemmott has served as principal or co-principal investigator on a number of research projects that test culturally sensitive strategies to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African American and Latino populations. With her research partner and husband, Dr. John B. Jemmott III, she has received approximately $74 million in funding for these projects from the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, The National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute for Nursing Research.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected seven programs nationally as part of its "Research to Classrooms, Programs That Work!" curriculum, three of which are Dr. Jemmott's HIV risk-reduction curriculums -- "Be Proud! Be Responsible! Strategies to Empower Youth to Reduce Their Risk for AIDS," "Making Proud Choices: A Safer Sex Approach to Preventing HIV/STDs and Teen Pregnancy," and "Making a Difference: An Abstinence-Based Approach to Preventing HIV/STDs and Teen Pregnancy."

Dr. Sweet Jemmott's research and community awards include the Congressional Merit Recognition Award, the Outstanding Research Award from the Black Nurses Association, The Red Ribbon Award for outstanding service in the field of HIV/AIDS and the Governor of New Jersey's Nurse Merit Award in Advanced Nurse Practice.

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