Meet Our Students

Columbia Nursing PhD student enter the program from Bachelor of Science, Masters Direct Entry, and Master's programs.

Bachelor of Science to PhD:

The Columbia Nursing PhD program provided the foundation necessary for me to identify and refine my research topic.

Katherine Zheng, BSN, PhD '20

Accelerated degree/Master's Direct Entry (MDE) to PhD:

The program built on my prior MDE studies to give me the skills needed to approach health issues as a nurse researcher.

Meghan Murray, MPH, MS '16, PhD '19

Master's to PhD:

After completing my master's degree in informatics, I knew I needed a PhD program with top thought-leaders in the field to mentor me toward my research goals. That's why I chose Columbia University, with their outstanding faculty of informatics innovators.

Dawn M. Feldthouse MSN, RN-BC

What it is like to be a PhD student at Columbia Nursing?

Columbia Nursing student April J. Ancheta speaks during a presentation.
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2021 Cohort

  • Christina Congdon, MS, CRNA

    Christina R. Congdon, MS, CRNA, has experience in anesthesiology, critical care, and international healthcare. Her research interests include health care policy, workforce, maternal health, and improving global access to safe surgical and anesthesia care.

    Faculty Mentor: Gregory L. Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

    Christina Congdon

2022 Cohort

  • Justinna Dixon, BSN, RN

    Justinna Dixon, BSN, RN is a T32 predoctoral trainee for Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness. Research Training for Nurse Scientists (CER2). She has clinical experience in psychiatric and substance abuse units. Her research interests include mental health services, the nursing workforce, and health disparities.

    Faculty Mentor: Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

  • Tyler Gaedecke, BSN, RN

    Tyler Gaedecke, BSN, RN (pronouns: he/him, they/them) is a nurse with clinical experience in pediatric critical care and an academic background in gender and sexuality studies. Their research interests include LGBTQ health disparities, health policy, nursing empowerment, and the optimization of health services and systems to best serve the needs of transgender and nonbinary populations.

    Faculty Mentors: Walter Bockting, PhD and Kasey Jackman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

  • Alexandria L. Hahn, MSc, MS, RN

    Alexandria L. Hahn, MSc, MS, RN (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a T32 predoctoral trainee for Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI). She earned a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology from University of Edinburgh, UK and a Masters of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. Her research interests include maternal health, disease experience and beliefs, health disparities, and self-management support and education.

    Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Schnall, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, FAAN

  • Sarah E. Harkins, BSN, RN

    Sarah E Harkins, BSN, RN has experience in maternal fetal health and adult emergency services. Her research interests include early identification and treatment of maternal mood disorders and obstetric emergencies. Her focus is to improve birth outcomes and experiences for vulnerable populations.

    Faculty Mentors: Veronica Barcelona, PhD, MSN, RN and Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN

  • Madison D. Horton, BSN, RN

    Madison D. Horton, BSN, RN (pronouns: she/her/hers) has experience with nursing research in global settings and applying the discipline of Anthropology to further nursing theory and approaches to practice. Research interests include working with Non-English-Speaking populations and using the nursing workforce to improve healthcare infrastructure to reduce experienced healthcare disparities and chronic outcomes.

    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lusine Poghosyan PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

  • David López Veneros, MA, BSN, RN

    David López Veneros, MA, BSN, RN (pronouns: he/him/his) has international clinical experience in health education, community, school and rural health, and research experience in behavioral cardiovascular health. His research interests include stress management, cardiovascular health, and health disparities among sexual and gender minority people.

    Faculty Mentors: Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN and Walter Bockting, PhD, LP

2023 Cohort

  • Marcela Algave, BSN, RN

    Marcela Algave, BSN, RN is a T32 pre-doctoral trainee for Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI). She has clinical experience in oncology and clinical trial experience in solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.  Her research interests include mental health support for adolescents and young adults with cancer and disparities in clinical trials.  

    Faculty Mentors: Melissa P Beauchemin, PhD, MSN, BSN, BA, CPNP-PC, CPON and Rebecca Schnall, PhD, MPH, BSN, FAAN, FACMI 

  • Helen Dinh, BSN, RN

    Helen Dinh, BSN, RN has experience in critical care and telehealth. Research interests include health disparities, technology-enabled home interventions, chronic disease self-management, transitions of care, industrial organization of health care markets.

    Faculty Mentors: Meghan Reading Turchioe, PhD, MPH, RN and Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FHFSA

  • Audrey (Xuefan) Ji, MPH, BS, RN

    Audrey Xuefan Ji, MPH, BSN, RN, has experience working in long-term care and earned her Master’s degree in health policy and management at Columbia Mailman. Her research interests include nursing workforce, dementia care, and health economics.

    Faculty mentor: Lusine Poghosyan PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

  • Sophie Junak, BSN, RN, RN-BC

    Sophie Junak, BSN, RN, RN-BC  is a doctoral student at Columbia University School of Nursing. She earned her nursing degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center where she was in the inaugural cohort of the MUSES (Mentoring Undergraduate Students for Excellence in Scholarship) undergraduate student nurse research program. She has continued the work started in her undergraduate research program throughout her nursing career and has published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and received a grant from Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Geri and ME fund to continue her research in the field of pediatric oncology survivorship. Her research interests include late effects of cancer therapy in the pediatric population, transitions of care in pediatric cancer survivors, public health and health policy.

    Faculty mentors: Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA, FHFSA and Ulf Bronas, PhD, ATC, ATR, FSVM, FAHA

  • Susan Maloney, BSN, RN, BA

    Susan Maloney, BSN, RN, BA (pronouns: she/her/hers) has clinical experience in pediatric general care floor nursing and an academic background in Gender and Women’s Studies and Creative Writing. Her research focus centers transgender adolescent health outcomes as they relate to sexual education curricula and policy at the school, district, and state levels. Her interests include gender diverse populations, pediatrics, sexual and gender health care, and an intersectional approach to public health policy.

    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Kasey Jackman, PhD, MPhil, MS, BS, BA, PMHNP-BC & Dr. Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD

  • Victoria Winogora MSN, NP, BS, RN, BA

    Victoria Winogora MSN, NP, BS, RN, BA (she/her/hers) is a T32 predoctoral trainee for Systems Science and Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists (S2CER2). Her background includes a BA in history and philosophy of science from The University of Chicago. Prior to starting the program, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research interests include improving healthcare delivery models to reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations, and health equity.

    Faculty mentor: Lusine Poghosyan PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

NYP Part-time Program

  • Danica Dorlette MPH, BSN, RN, OCN

    Danica Dorlette MPH, BSN, RN, OCN is an oncology nurse specialized in hematologic malignancies. She has public health experience ranging from environmental justice efforts to involvement in qualitative research on disaster-exposed populations. Her research interests are in cancer health disparities, health literacy, public health, and health policy. 

  • Lenka Hellerova, MS, BSN, AE-C

    Lenka Hellerova, MS, BSN, AE-C is a pediatric emergency room nurse and a former Academic-Practice Research fellow (2018-2020) through CUSON and NYP. Her research interests include adolescent mental and behavioral health, and disparities in healthcare access among minoritized urban populations. 

    Faculty Mentors: Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD and Arlene Smaldone, PhD, CPNP-PC, FAAN

  • Brianna Lin, BSN, RN

    Brianna Lin, BSN, RN is a critical care nurse at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her research program is focused on the interplay of interprofessional collaboration, nursing work environment factors, and clinician outcomes including wellbeing and workforce retention. Over the past 4 years, she has been active on several research initiatives through the New York Presbyterian Research Council, including a study of the physical and psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing workforce. She is an active member of the Eastern Nursing Research Society

    Faculty Mentor: Allison Norful PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN and Jean Marie Bruzzese, PhD

  • Eunice Eunyoung Yang, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CNN, CDCES

    Eunice Eunyoung Yang, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CNN, CDCES, is an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes education and end-stage renal disease management. Eunice's research interests are health promotion for people with diabetes and diabetes-related complications.