Dennis Flores

Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Dalmacio Dennis Flores is an Assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Flores’ research is focused on articulating the family’s role as a proximal sexuality and mental health resource for adolescents who identify as LGBTQ+. This youth population has disproportionately been affected by HIV/STI infections, suicidality, depression, and a host of other negative health outcomes. His team’s work at Penn Nursing is rooted in the commitment that, to eliminate these longstanding health issues, parents, and the institutions they routinely interface with (such as schools, healthcare, local government) can effectively provide inclusive health education tailored to youths’ emerging attractions, behaviors, and/or sexual and gender identities. 

Dr. Flores collaborates with interdisciplinary teams within and beyond Penn Nursing to conduct prevention and clinical research focused on reducing the risks of sexual and gender diverse youth and other populations for persistent negative outcomes. His HIV/STI prevention work has included urban and rural community education, being a spokesperson for HIV testing campaigns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and workforce development with more than 1,600 nurses across four continents. Dr. Flores is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, has earned a PhD from Duke University, a Master’s in Public Health Nursing Leadership from Emory University, and a Bachelors in Nursing from Kennesaw State University in GA.