Amy Knopf, PhD, MPH, RN

Amy Knopf, PhD, MPH, RN

Community & Health Systems
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: (317) 274-2285
Nursing W425, Indianapolis


Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program, Indiana University Statistics Area of Concentration, University of Washington
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University
PhD, University of Washington
MPH, University of Washington
BSN, Western Kentucky University


Dr. Knopf is a nurse researcher whose research program reflects her commitment to engaging marginalized populations in the resolution of disparities in the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Her clinical background includes a fellowship in oncology nursing and clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, and primary care for homeless adults in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the community-oriented public health practice program at the University of Washington and remains deeply committed to community-engaged research. Dr. Knopf's doctoral work focused on HIV transmission dynamics from a sexual network perspective; specifically, she worked on a pilot study of an intervention designed to disrupt HIV transmission through sexual networks by reducing the prevalence of concurrent (or temporally overlapping) sexual partnerships. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Knopf turned her attention to emerging biomedical HIV prevention technologies, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and their translation into the everyday lives of populations at risk for HIV infection. Dr. Knopf has two active research projects that explore adolescents’ and parents’ perspectives on the ethical challenges of enrolling minor adolescents in biomedical HIV prevention trials.

External Funding

NICHD (2016-2020) Innovative approaches for minor consent and enrollment in biomedical HIV prevention trials (Knopf, PI; Draucker, Fortenberry, Ott, Zimet, CoPIs).

Indiana University Center for AIDS Research. Junior Investigator Award. (Knopf, PI).

Selected Publications

Knopf, A. S., Lewis-Gilbert, A., Zimet, G. D., Kapogiannis, B. G., Hosek, S. G., Fortenberry, J. D., & Ott, M. (In press). Moral conflict and competing duties in the initiation of a biomedical HIV prevention trial with minor adolescents. American Journal of Bioethics – Empirical Bioethics

Miller, W., Groves, D., Knopf, A. S., Otte, J., & Silverman, R. (In press). Word adjacency graph modeling: Separating signal from noise in big data. Western Journal of Nursing Research [Special issue on nursing big data science].

Priest C. S., Knopf, A. S., Groves, D., Carpenter, J. S., Krishnan, A., Miller, W. R., Otte, J. L., Palakal, M., Wiehe, S., & Wilson, J. (2016). Finding the patient’s voice using big data: Analysis of users’ health related concerns in the ChaCha Question-and Answer Service (2009-2012). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(3), e44.

Gilbert A. L., Knopf A. S., Fortenberry J. D., Hosek S. G., Kapogiannis B. G., & Zimet G. D. (2015). Adolescent self-consent for biomedical HIV prevention research. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57(1), 113-119.

Knopf, A. S., Agot, K., Sidle, J. S., Naanyu, V., & Morris, M. (2014). “This is the medicine:” A Kenyan community responds to a concurrency reduction intervention. Social Science and Medicine, 108: 175-184.

Wright, M. A., & Knopf, A. S. (2009). Mobilizing a medical home to improve HIV care for Washington, DC homeless. American Journal of Public Health, 99(6): 973-975.