Dr. Michele Crespo-Fierro is a clinical assistant professor and the director of the LEAD Honors Program at NYU Meyers College of Nursing. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She graduated from NYU Meyers’ traditional baccalaureate program and received a Master’s of Science in Community Health Nursing and a Master’s of Public Health in Community Health Education with a subspecialty in HIV/AIDS Nursing from the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed a doctorate (PhD) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation explored the culture care needs of Puerto Rican women receiving HIV care from Nurse Practitioners in New York City with the intention of bridging culturally-congruent caring and patient engagement practices.
Her areas of interest are HIV care, the social determinants of health, culturally congruent care and linguistically appropriate services, LGBTQ and adolescent health needs, nursing workforce diversity and diverse student support, addressing the STEM pipeline issues for students of color.
She has published articles, book chapters and presented nationally and internationally on these topic areas. She is certified in Advanced AIDS nursing care by the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board. She is the recipient of various awards, scholarships, fellowships and grants and serves on the Board of the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center, the Greater New York chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and as the President of the New York chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.