Grants, Publications, and Other News June 2014

August 5, 2014


  • Columbia Nursing received the IFAP Global Health Program Grant  for $197,000 awarded by Columbia University President’s Global Innovation Fund in support of “Children’s Global Oral Health Initiative: An Adaptable Interdisciplinary Model for Chronic Health Care Management and Health Promotion.” The co-investigators are Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and Jennifer Dohrn DNP, CNM, director, Office of Global Initiatives.  This project will support telehealth projects over the next three years in Nairobi, Kenya; Beijing, China; and Amman, Jordan.
  • Columbia Nursing was awarded $100,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program to support 10 Entry to Practice students for the 2014-2015 academic year.


  • Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN, postdoctoral research fellow, was the lead author of “Facebook Advertisement for Inexpensive Participant Recruitment Among Women in Early Pregnancy,” published in Health Education and Behavior.
  • Karen Desjardins, DNP, MPH, assistant dean for academic affairs, was the lead author of “Empowering Women: Teaching Ethiopian Girls to Make Reusable Sanitary Pads,” published in Clinical Scholars Review.
  • Dawn Dowding, PhD, RN, VNSNY Professor of Nursing, was an author of  “Nurses’ Pressure Ulcer Related Judgments and Decisions in Clinical Practice: a Systematic Review,” published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies,  and “Developing a Pressure Ulcer Risk Factor Minimum Data Set and Risk Assessment Framework published in The Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • Beth Oliver ‘91 was the lead author of “Structural Empowerment of Clinical Nurse Managers” published in the Journal of Nursing Administration.
  • Rebecca Schnall, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was the lead author of “Can the HIV Home Test Promote Access to Care? Lessons Learned from the In-Home Pregnancy Test,” published in AIDS and Behavior. Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research, was also an author on the paper.

Honors and Presentations

  • Rafaela Maria de la Huerta ’14, received The Distinguished Entry to Practice Graduate Award at the 2014 Columbia Nursing graduation ceremony.
  • Dawn Dowding, PhD, RN, VNSNY Professor of Nursing was elected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and presented the keynote address at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York celebration.
  • Kristine Kulage, MA, MPH, director, office of Scholarship and Research Development,  presented a poster "How Will DSM-5 Affect Autism Diagnosis? a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis" at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta. The co authors of this study were Arlene Smaldone, PhD, assistant dean for scholarship and research, and Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, assistant professor.
  • Jacqueline Merrill, PhD, MPH, RN, associate professor, was elected to the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Annie Rohan ’91 ’13, were elected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • Jessica Trimble ’09 was the featured speaker at the Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Zeta Chapter induction ceremony.
  • Mary Ann Witt ’95 ’07, associate professor of nursing, College of Mount Saint Vincent, presented “Impact of Using Live Actors in Senior Nursing Students’ Ability to Assess Mental Health Conditions in a Simulated Home Care Environment” at New York-Presbyterian Westchester Division.


  • Columbia Nursing’s Alumni Reunion drew record attendance. More than 70 members of the Class of ’64 returned to celebrate their 50th reunion, and there were also strong showings from 1969, 1974 and 1959 classes, as well as from the PNP, FNP, DNP and PHD programs.   Click here for photos.
  • Dean Bobbie Berkowitz will lead a nursing delegation to Vietnam open to all Columbia Nursing alumni and friends from November 7-16, 2014. 
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Simpson Dorion ’57,  co-founder of the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Jacksonville, Florida was profiled in the Jacksonville Finanical News and Daily Record.
  • Phyllis C. Leppert ’61 recently retired as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology at Duke School of Medicine and was named Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  
  • Laura Jean Ridge ’08 ’10 founded Nursing for All, a non-profit that supports nurse-led public health initiatives in the developing world.  
  • Jariya Wittayasooporn, DNS, RN, Director, Ramathibodi School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University Bangkok,Thailand, visited Columbia Nursing and met with Dean Berkowitz as well as the Office of Global Initiatives.