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Amelia Knopf


Assistant Professor

Indiana University

Dr. Knopf is an Assistant Professor in the Indiana University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the ethical implications of including sexual and gender minority adolescents in biomedical trials for sexual health interventions. In 2020 she managed $2.5 million in external funding as a principal investigator with the NIH-funded Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) and lead Co-Principal Investigator on a PCORI funded methods research award. The ATN project is in the dissemination phase; it examined how consent processes affect adolescents’ willingness to participate in and parents’ willingness to support biomedical HIV prevention trials. The PCORI project will expand this work by attempting to bridge adolescent and parent perspectives on minors’ participation in biomedical HIV prevention research using a unique method of community-engaged decision making. In addition to maintaining an active program of research, she teaches applied ethics for health care to undergraduate nursing students. Her work has been cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and U.S. Department of State. She has served as an invited expert speaker at high-level international meetings of the U.S Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization. She was recently selected for a research residency at the Brocher Foundation for biomedical ethics in Hermance, France. Dr. Knopf’s most recent work addresses the ethical concerns regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, particularly among minoritized communities.

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