Joyce Anastasi '05

Nursing Research

Superlative is the only word to describe the distinguished research career of Joyce Anastasi, PhD.  Her record of achievement is unparalleled, recognized as this country’s leading nurse scientist in symptom management.  A rare nurse scientist regarded also as an outstanding clinician and educator, Anastasi is unmatched for her contributions as a consummate researcher, clinical expert, and inspired educator.  Her research focuses on developing and testing non-invasive symptom management strategies affecting quality of life.  Her clinical research uses complementary and alternative medicine, particularly acupuncture, as adjunctive therapy to conventional treatment for managing symptoms.  Dr. Anastasi was one of the earliest clinical investigators to develop intervention trials to test acupuncture and moxibustion as well as dietary manipulation as potential therapeutic strategies for people with HIV/AIDS experiencing nausea and diarrhea.

More recently her work has focused on peripheral neuropathy, another significant clinical problem for people with HIV/AIDS.  A new area of research involves the study of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic pain-related condition that results in higher health care costs, loss of work productivity, and decreased quality of life.

She has sustained an impressive 18- year federal funding record.  She has been awarded numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigator initiated RO1s in addition to many other NIH mechanisms.  Serving as a study section reviewer and chair at NIH is a mark of external validation of her strength as a nurse researcher.   She is a prolific author, having published numerous peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters, disseminating her work in top quality interdisciplinary journals.

Anastasi holds several degrees including a PhD, DNP, and OM (Oriental Medicine) with National Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She has held three endowed chairs, including the Helen F. Petit Professor of Clinical Nursing.  She maintains an Oriental/Integrative Medicine practice, merging allopathic and alternative therapies in addressing important symptom problems in vulnerable patient groups.

Anastasi has been the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Researcher Award of the Foundation of the NYS Nurses Association, Research Article of the Year Award of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Distinguished Researcher Award of the Eastern Nursing Research Society, and the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award.  We recognize her remarkable achievements and are proud to present her the Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Research.