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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Biography & Affiliation


I’m a researcher and certified health education specialist (CHES®) who focuses on decreasing vaccine-preventable diseases. I first developed an interest in vaccine-preventable diseases during my training in sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and sexuality education evaluation. Later, during my graduate training, I also became interested in strategies to increase vaccination rates, specifically human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates.

As a researcher for more than seven years, my interests have expanded to include provider-patient communication and theory-based behavioral interventions. I focus on developing, implementing and evaluating training tools using implementation science methods. My goal is to increase healthcare providers' skills and abilities in using evidence-based communication strategies to provide consistent and equitable care to patients.

For example, I was part of a research team that conducted a usability and feasibility evaluation of a novel HPV vaccine communication training program targeted to healthcare providers. This effort, funded by the Academic Pediatric Association, used a smartphone app (HPV Vaccine: Same Way, Same Day™) among a cohort of pediatric residents. The evaluation resulted in the app being described by residents as interactive, easy to use, succinct, informative, engaging and practical. It has the potential to provide a scalable training technique to promote effective HPV vaccine recommendation skills.

Since joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2019, I’ve been involved in several exciting research initiatives. I’m the principal investigator of a study evaluating a virtual reality curriculum that aims to increase providers' skills in using evidence-based HPV vaccine recommendation practices. I’m also co-investigator of a content and usability evaluation of web-based continuing education programs designed to help dental providers discuss HPV and oropharyngeal cancers. Studies like these allow us to identify user-centered training features and evaluate provider training interventions, so we can produce evidence-based implementation training strategies.

I’ve received several honors and awards, including the Emerging Professional Award from the American School Health Association (2016). I was also named a fellow of the American School Health Association (2018).

Research Interests

Sexually transmitted infections; HPV; theory-based behavioral interventions

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Adolescent Medicine


BS: Health and Wellness Promotion, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2008.

MEd: Health Education, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2010.

PhD: Health Education, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2013.

Certification: Certified Health Education Specialist, 2009; Texas Teacher All-Level Certification (Health Education), 2008-2014.


Usability matters for virtual reality simulations teaching communication. Real, FJ; Meisman, A; Rosen, BL. Medical Education. 2020; 54:1067-1068.

Social media engagement association with human papillomavirus and vaccine awareness and perceptions: Results from the 2017 US Health Information National Trends Survey. Rosen, BL; Wheldon, C; Thompson, EL; Maness, S; Massey, PM. Preventive Medicine. 2020; 138:106151-106151.

Awareness and knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among adults ages 27–45 years. Thompson, EL; Wheldon, CW; Rosen, BL; Maness, SB; Kasting, ML; Massey, PM. Vaccine. 2020; 38:3143-3148.

High-risk adolescents’ sexuality education preferences based on Hispanic ethnicity. Maness, SB; Wilson, KL; Thompson, EL; Rosen, BL; Zingg, T. Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning. 2020; 20:217-226.

Factors associated with HPV vaccination before first sexual intercourse among female college students. Rosen, BL; Szucs, LE; Wilson, KL; Reyes, JV; Fontenot, HB; Smith, ML. HealthCom Media. 2020.

A content analysis of HPV vaccine online continuing medical education purpose statements and learning objectives. Rosen, BL; Bishop, JM; Anderson, R; Rea, FJ; Klei, MD; Kreps, GL. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics. 2019; 15:1508-1518.

Factors Associated with School Nurses' and Personnel's Professional Practice to Encourage Parents to Vaccinate Against Human Papillomavirus. Rosen, BL; Rhodes, D; Visker, J; Cox, C; Banez, JC; Lasser, B. Journal of School Health. 2019; 89:569-577.

Social Determinants of Health and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Among Young Adults, National Health Interview Survey 2016. Thompson, EL; Rosen, BL; Maness, SB. Journal of Community Health. 2019; 44:149-158.

Factors Associated with College Women's Personal and Parental Decisions to be Vaccinated Against HPV. Rosen, BL; Bishop, JM; McDonald, S; Wilson, KL; Smith, ML. Journal of Community Health. 2018; 43:1228-1234.

Examining Sexuality Education Preferences Among Youth at Risk for Poor Sexual Health Outcomes Based on Social Determinants of Health Factors. Wilson, KL; Maness, SB; Thompson, EL; Rosen, BL; McDonald, S; Wiley, DC. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 2018; 13:283-296.