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James J Weidel

Clinical Assistant Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 403
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

James Weidel is a Clinical Assistant Professor teaching in the undergraduate program, at the NYU College of Nursing. Dr. Weidel is a board certified as both family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. His clinical experience as a nurse practitioner has involved working with underserved patient populations, refugees, and undocumented migrant workers. Dr. Weidel’s clinical experience includes over 6 years employed as a travel nurse throughout the United States. Prior to joining NYU College of Nursing, Dr. Weidel held faculty positions at the University of Miami and Florida International University. His scholarly interests include impulsive behaviors, substance abuse, and the intersection psychiatric problems with physical and mental well-being.


Post-master's, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2014, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
PhD, 2013, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences
MS, 2007, Medical University of South Carolina
BS, 1998, D'Youville College

Honors and awards


Primary care
Substance use

Professional membership

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Nurse Practitioners Association of New York
American Assembly of Men in Nursing and NYC Men in Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International, Upsilon Chapter



Making QSEN visible in the classroom: Innovative use of in-class care mapping activity

Rodriguez, K., Boyar, K., Weidel, J., & Ea, E. (2016). QSEN Institute Teaching Strategy (online).

A comparison of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors between foreign-born and U.S.-born hispanic men who have sex with men: Implications for HIV prevention

De Santis, J. P., Vasquez, E. P., Weidel, J., Watson, S., & Sanchez, M. (2009). Hispanic Health Care International, 7(2), 80-87. 10.1891/1540-4153.7.2.80
Background: Hispanics experience a disproportionate incidence of many diseases when compared to non-Hispanic Whites, including HIV infection. Men who have sex with men (MSM) have the highest incidence of HIV infection in the United States, accounting for 55% of the cases in the Hispanic population. Various risk factors and cultural barriers have an influence on the sexual behaviors of this subgroup of MSM. Objectives: The purpose of this study was two-fold: to describe the levels of depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors of a sample of Hispanic MSM and to compare levels of these variables in foreign-born and U.S.-born Hispanic MSM. Method: Using a descriptive research design, a convenience sample of 155 Hispanic men was recruited and surveyed from various community sites. Results: Over one-third (n = 55) of the participants had depressive symptoms scores indicative of higher levels of depressive symptoms. Results of the study indicated that there were statistically significant differences in levels of depressive symptoms and sexual behaviors but not in the levels of self-esteem between the foreign-born and the U.S.-born Hispanic MSM. Discussion: In this study, foreign birth appears to be a protective factor against depressive symptoms and high-risk sexual behavior in this sample of MSM. The results of this study provide the foundation for implications for providing mental health services, HIV prevention programs, and future directions for research on this subgroup of MSM.

Cultural Considerations for Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk in Hispanics

Weidel, J., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Watson, S. D., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. (2008). The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC, 19(4), 247-251. 10.1016/j.jana.2008.05.001
Immigration from Latin America is changing the demographics of the United States. By the year 2050, one of every four persons in the United States will be of Hispanic ethnicity. As this segment of American society grows, interventions that improve health status for these individuals must be expanded and enhanced. HIV infection disproportionately affects people in the Hispanic community. Hispanics have unique cultural and social characteristics and norms that place them at risk for HIV exposure. The purpose of this report is to highlight culturally related issues that have been associated with HIV risk in Hispanics. Clinicians can broaden their knowledge of and appreciation for the complex cultural issues related to HIV research. Additionally, clinicians can steer interventions toward more culturally competent care for this rapidly growing segment of American society.

Risk-taking behavior: A concept analysis

Weidel, J., & Provencio-Vásquez, E. (2008). Hispanic Health Care International, 6(2), 67-70. 10.1891/1540-4153.6.2.67

Sex and drugs: High-irsk behaviors at circuit parties

Weidel, J., Provencio-Vasquez, E., & Grossman, J. (2008). American Journal of Men’s Health, 2(4), 344-352. 10.1177/1557988308322299
HIV and other sexually transmitted infection rates are increasing among men who have sex with men. This increase may be attributed to the high rates of drug use and risky sexual behaviors at gay festive events called circuit parties. Although few studies have examined the actual level of risk, the implications from the available studies underscore the need for the development of interventions to address this public health concern. The 5 As approach provides an evidence-based approach to assist in behavior change that may reduce the HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates among gay and bisexual men who attend circuit parties. This article reviews the findings and recommendations from the few available studies on circuit parties and risk behavior. The authors propose that the 5 As approach for behavioral change be adapted by practitioners in the primary care setting.