About the Author

R. Kevin Mallinson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Kevin Mallinson and his husband split their time between Washington, DC and Lewes, Delaware. Following his years in the Key West Fire Department, he attended nursing school. He received an Associates Degree in Nursing from the Florida Keys Community College, his BSN from the University of Miami, and both his MSN and PhD in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

Dr. Mallinson has been a staunch advocate for marginalized and disenfranchised groups, particularly LGBTQ+ communities and persons with – or at risk for – HIV disease. He has been a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) for 30 years and has served on the organization’s national Board of Directors and several committees. Dr. Mallinson also served as the President of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB). In collaboration with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General (Dr. David Satcher), Kevin helped plan and coordinate the first National Forum on HIV/AIDS in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Communities.

Dr. Mallinson was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Nurses SOAR! [Strengthening Our AIDS Response] program in the countries of Lesotho, South Africa, and the Kingdom of Swaziland. The 3-year program (2006-2009) was designed to build the capacity of nurses to diagnose HIV, determine treatment, and provide clinical follow-up for persons with HIV infection. Nurses also received significant training in HIV prevention and end-of-life care delivery. The Nurses SOAR! program included a partnership with the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and was funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Program [U92HA07230-02-00].

Nurses, physicians, and other members of the health team caring for children with HIV in South Africa in the Nurses SOAR! program.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Mallinson served as a Fulbright Scholar in the Kingdom of Swaziland [now known as Eswatini] in Southern Africa. He had a faculty position at the Southern Africa Nazarene University in Manzini. His research project was to evaluate the first 10 years of service delivery by the nurse-managed Swaziland Wellness Centre for Health Care Workers (and their families).

Dr. Mallinson and friends at a Swazi wedding.