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Adriana Arcia PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUMC
Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN

Topics: Consumer health informatics, patient education, low health literacy as a health disparity, information visualization, women's preferences and decision making about childbirth, normal physiologic childbirth, planned home birth

Methods: Psychometrics (including Item Response Theory), structural equation modeling, survey methodology

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

    Education & Training

  • BA, Theatre, Davidson College
  • BSN, Nursing, Pace University
  • PhD, Nursing, University of Miami
  • Fellowship: Columbia University School of Nursing

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Contact Info

Community Service

2014 - present, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) Institutional Review Board, External Member

Teaching Responsibilities

N9357 Measurement in Nursing Research, Spring 2015 - 2018

N9150/1 Scholarly Writing and Dissemination, Fall 2017/Spring 2018

N7000 Evidence Based Practice, Summer 2015, 2016


  • 2013 - present, CUSON Diversity Committee Member.  Co-chair of Recruitment & Enrollment Subcommittee (2013 - 2014)
  • 2017 - present, Qualifying Exam Committee Member.

Professional Memberships

  • 2014 - present, Academy Health
  • 2012 - present, AMIA
  • 2009 - present, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • 2009 - present, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
  • 2007 - present, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • 2005 - 2006, National Student Nurses Association

Honors & Awards

  • 2013, Harriet H. Werley Award
  • 2008-2011, University of Miami Fellowship
  • 2006, Academic Achievement Award (Highest GPA), Pace University
  • 2006, Lienhard School of Nursing Advisory Board Scholarship, Pace University
  • 2006, Patricia Mallet Memorial Scholarship, Pace University
  • 2005, Dean’s List, First Honors, Pace University
  • 1993-1997, Myers Burlington Honor Scholar, Davidson College
  • 1993-1997, National Merit Scholar, Davidson College


"Tailored Infographics to Support Comprehension of Asthma Control Status Among Hispanic Adults in Primary Care," Columbia University School of Nursing Intramural Grant, $10,000.  Role: Prinicipal Investigator. 2017-2018.

“Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Maternity Education Platform,” Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, Columbia University, $25,000.  Role: Principal Investigator. 2015-2016.

NIH Grants


    Aug 16 2016 - May 31 2021


    Jun 1 2013 - Mar 31 2019


    Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

Lab Projects


  • Arcia, A., Woollen, J., & Bakken, S. (2018). A Systematic Method for Exploring Data Attributes in Preparation for Designing Tailored Infographics of Patient Reported Outcomes. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 6(1): 2, 1–9. doi:10.5334/egems.190 
  • Stonbraker, S., Arcia, A., Halpern, M., & Larson, E. (2017). What the rest of the world should know about HIV: Perceptions from adults living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28(6), 977-983. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2017.06.009
  • Arcia, A., Suero-Tejeda, N., Bales, M. E., Merrill, J. A., Yoon, S., & Bakken, S. (2016). Sometimes more is more: Iterative participatory design of infographics for engagement of community members with varying levels of health literacy. JAMIA, 23(1), 174-183. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocv079
  • Cortés, Y. I., Arcia, A., Kearney, J., Luchsinger, J., & Lucero, R. J. (2017). Urban-dwelling community members' views on biomedical research engagement. Qualitative Health Research, 27(1), 130-137. doi:10.1177/1049732315627650
  • Lucero, R. J., Kearney, J., Cortés, Y., Arcia, A., Appelbaum, P., Fernández, R. L., Luchsinger, J. (2015). Benefits and risks in secondary use of digitized clinical data: Views of community members living in a predominantly ethnic minority urban neighborhood. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 6(2), 12-22. doi:10.1080/23294515.2014.949906
  • Arcia, A., Velez, M., & Bakken, S. (2015). Style Guide: An interdisciplinary communication tool to support the process of generating tailored infographics from electronic health data using EnTICE3. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 3(1), Article 3. doi:10.13063/2327-9214.1120
  • Arcia, A. (2015). U.S. Nulliparas' Reasons for Expected Provider Type and Childbirth Setting. Journal of Perinatal Education, 24(1), 61-72. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.24.1.61
  • Arcia, A. (2014). Facebook advertisements for inexpensive participant recruitment among women in early pregnancy. Health Education & Behavior, 41(3), 237-241. doi: 10.1177/1090198113504414
  • Arcia, A., Bales, M. E., Brown, W., III, Co, M. C., Jr., Gilmore, M., Lee, Y. J., … Bakken, S. (2013). Method for the development of data visualizations for community members with varying levels of health literacy. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2013, 51-60. Winner of the Harriet H. Werley Award for paper making the greatest contribution to advancing the field of nursing informatics. Nominee, Distinguished Paper Award.
  • Arcia, A. (2013). U.S. nulliparas’ perceptions of roles and of the birth experience as predictors of their childbirth preferences. Midwifery, 29, 885-894. doi: 10.1016.j.midw.2012.10.002
  • De Santis, J. P., Arcia, A., Vermeesch, A. L., & Gattamorta, K. A. (2011). Using structural equation modeling to identify predictors of sexual behaviors among Hispanic men who have sex with men. Nursing Clinics of North America, 46, 233-248. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.02.010
  • Arcia, A., Ortega, J., Barroso, S., & Peragallo, N. (2011). Nursing and Patient Safety. On behalf of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Nursing Human Resources Development and Patient Safety and in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization and the International Network for Nursing and Patient Safety. Online course available at
  • Arcia, A. (2009). Physiological birth: A concept analysis. 20th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice/Sigma Theta Tau International Proceedings.
  • McCain, G. C., Loucas, J., Diaz-Pino, L., & Arcia, A. (2009). Feeding preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) post-hospitalization. 20th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice/Sigma Theta Tau International Proceedings.

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