Featured Graduates

Columbia University School of Nursing PhD program graduates serve in a variety of academic, health care, government, policy, and nonprofit organizations. These nurse scientists help increase knowledge about health outcomes and disparities, provide leadership in improving health care delivery, and translate evidence into practice and policy. 

Our Graduates

  • Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, PhD, MPH

    • Assistant Professor, University of Florida

    Dr. Bjarnadottir's area of research is leveraging health informatics and data science to improve health care quality for underserved populations.

    Dissertation title: Assessment and Documentation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Home Health Care.

  • Sharron Close, PhD

    • Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

    Dr. Close's research areas include pediatric primary care, developmental pediatrics, and management of chronic conditions of genetic origin and variations of sex chromosome aneuploidy.

    Dissertation title: An Exploratory Study of Physical Phenotype, Reproductive Hormones, Cardiometabolic Biomarkers and Psychosocial Health Parameters in Boys with Klinefelter Syndrome.

  • Catherine C. Cohen, PhD, RN

    • Associate Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation

    Dr. Cohen's research areas include prevention of health care-associated infections, particularly those with antibiotic resistance, and improvements in post-acute and end of life care, especially among older adults.

    Dissertation title: Multidrug-Resistant Organism Infection & Isolation Precautions in Nursing Homes.

  • Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGNP-C, RN CCRN

    • (Nursing), (VA Scholar), National Clinician Scholars Program

    Dr. Travers is currently pursuing a research career that advances and implements knowledge designed to reduce health disparities experienced by vulnerable older adult populations. Her long-term career goal is to transform healthcare delivery for older adults through evidence, clinical practice, and health policy. She has published on several topics related to aging, health promotion, long-term care and access to care.

    Dissertation title: Infection Control and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination in Nursing Home.

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