Tanya L. Kowalczyk Mullins, MD, MS

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4681

Fax 513-636-7844



Adolescent medicine; adolescent gynecology; contraception; sexually transmitted infections


Prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV

Tanya L. Kowalczyk Mullins, MD, MS, is an adolescent medicine specialist and clinical researcher. Her primary research interest is prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among adolescents. Her current research focuses on biomedical prevention of HPV using the HPV vaccine and prevention of HIV through the use of new biomedical HIV prevention methods among youth. Her currently funded work examines the role of clinicians in the uptake of HIV and other STI prevention methods. She has active collaborations with several other researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and at other academic institutions around the country.

BS: Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1997.

MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2001.

Residency: Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville, TN, 2004.

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, 2007.

MS: Master of Science, Epidemiology/Clinical Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, 2004; American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, 2008.

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Mullins TL, Zimet G, Lally M, Kahn JA. Adolescent human immunodeficiency virus care providers’ attitudes toward the use of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis in youth. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2016;30(7):339-348.

Mullins TL, Zimet GD, Rosenthal SL, Morrow C, Ding L, Huang B, Kahn JA. Human papillomavirus vaccine-related risk perceptions and subsequent sexual behaviors and sexually transmitted infections among vaccinated adolescent women. Vaccine. 2016;34(34):4040-4045.

Mullins TL, Miller RJ, Mullins ES. Evaluation and management of adolescents with abnormal uterine bleeding. Pediatr Ann. 2015;44(9):e218-222.

Patterson-Rose S, Mullins TL, Hesse EA, Lehmann C, Widdice LE. Syphilis among adolescents and young adults in Cincinnati, Ohio: testing, infection and characteristics of youth with syphilis infection. Sex Health. 2015;12(2):179-180.

Mullins TL, Widdice LE, Rosenthal SL, Zimet GD, Kahn JA. Risk perceptions, sexual attitudes, and sexual behavior after HPV vaccination in 11-12 year-old girls. Vaccine. 2015;33:3907–3912.

Mullins TL, Lally M, Zimet G, Kahn JA and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions. Clinician Attitudes toward CDC Interim Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidance and Operationalizing PrEP for Adolescents. AIDS Patient Care STDs. 2015;29(4):193-203.

Mayhew A, Mullins TL, Ding L, Rosenthal S, Zimet G, Morrow C, Kahn JA. Risk perceptions and subsequent sexual behaviors after HPV vaccination in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2014;133(3):404-11.

Mullins TL, Lehmann CE. Update on HIV testing, management, and prevention in adolescents and young adults. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2014;25(2):266-278.  

Mullins TL, Griffioen AM, Glynn S, Zimet GD, Rosenthal SL, Fortenberry JD, Kahn JA. HPV vaccine communication: perspectives of 11-12 year-old girls, mothers, and clinicians. Vaccine. 2013;31(42):4894-4901.

Mullins TL, Rudy BJ, Wilson CM, Sucharew H, Kahn JA. Incidence of sexually transmitted infections in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected adolescents in the United States. Int J STD AIDS. 2013;24:123-127.

Physician Attitudes toward New Biomedical HIV Prevention Interventions in Youth. Principal Investigator. Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 2013-2018.