Honors, Awards, and Other News May 2014

August 5, 2014


Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research,  is Principal Investigator of a newly-funded Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research awarded to her R01, “Health Information Technology to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections: HIT-HAI,” which will support the research of Columbia Nursing PhD graduate and newly appointed associate research scientist, Kenrick Cato, PhD.  Under this Diversity Research Supplement and with mentorship by his PhD research adviser, Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Cato will take the lead on the scholarly work needed to advance the data science in HIT-HAI in two areas: data governance and phenotype algorithms.   This $220,000 supplement is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health for 18 months.


  • Mary Byrne, PhD, Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fish Professor of Health Care for the Underserved in Nursing was an author of “Using Guided Imagery to Manage Pain in Young Children with Sickle Cell Disease,” published in American Journal of Nursing (in press), and “In Their Own Voices: The Experience of Professional Nurses at a Northern Vietnamese Hospital, published in Contemporary Nurse.
  • Dawn Dowding, PhD, professor, was an author of “A New Pressure Ulcer Conceptual Framework,” published in Journal of Advanced Nursing and A Systematic Review on the Validity and Reliability of the Manchester Triage System,” published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • Mary Johnson, DNP, assistant professor, was the lead author of “Manikin Versus Web-Based Simulation for Advanced Practice Nursing Students,” published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Other authors included Kathleen Hickey, EdD, assistant professor, and Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research.
  • Denise Buckawick Kooperman ’70, NP, MA, authored “When the Therapist is in Crisis: Personal and Professional Implications for Small Community Psychotherapy Practices,” published in the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Honors and Presentations

  • Penelope Buschman, MS, RN, PMHCHS-PC, FAAN, assistant professor, presented “Examining the Current State of Child Psychiatric Nursing” at the International Society of Psychiatric Nursing meeting.
  • Jeanne Churchill, DNP, CPNP-PC, assistant professor, and Mary Johnson, DNP, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, were selected as new members of the Anna Maxwell Teaching Academy
  • Susan Fox ’84 was named CEO of White Plains Hospital.
  • Rita John, EdD, DNP, associate professor, presented “What’s New in Pediatrics 2014 Grand Rounds” for the Department of Pediatrics at New York Hospital Queens.
  • Kristine Kulage, MA, MPH, director, office of Scholarship and Research Development, presented her paper “How Will DSM-5 Affect Autism Diagnosis? A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis” at the Mailman School of Public Health Student Research Diversity Day. Other authors included Arlene Smaldone, PhD, CPNP-PC, assistant dean, scholarship and research; and Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN, assistant professor.
  • Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, assistant professor, was a featured presenter in a national webinar on HIV treatment sponsored by Albany Medical College and the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education & Training Center. He presented  a poster “Developing an Interprofessional Model of Care in a Nurse Managed Health Center, " at the Interprofessional Technology Conference in Atlantic City, NJ.  In addition, he was named a Hartford Institute Primary Care for Older Adults (HIPCOA) Scholar, a traineeship program to increase the number of Advanced Practice Nurses committed to working with an older adult population. He was also selected to attend the National Stakeholder Consultation meeting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health  & Human Services National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan in Washington, DC.
  • Robert Lucero, RN, PHD, assistant professor was featured as a 2014 Success Story for the NIH Loan Repayment Program on their website.
  • Anita Nirenberg ’96 ’09 received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oncology Nursing Society at their annual congress.
  • Nancy Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the Faculty of Nursing presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Translational Sciences Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, she presented “Parkinson’s Disease in Women: What Can We Learn from Menopause Research?” at the Translational Science weekly seminar at the Division of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology, Columbia University Medical Center and “Joint Pain in Urban Perimenopausal Hispanic Women: A Pilot Study of Cultural Influences” at the International Menopause Society World Congress in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Rebecca Schnall, RN, PHD, assistant professor, received the Rising Star Award at the 2014 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) annual conference in Philadelphia. Several Columbia Nursing students won awards as well: Catherine Crawford Cohen won an award for PhD poster, and Brigitte Gordon and Teegan Ogiela won first place in the Master’s poster category.
  • Sunmoo Yoon, PhD,  associate research scientist, was senior author of “Temporal Analysis of the Usage Log of a Research Networking System,” a paper highlighted at the AMIA Joint Summit on Translational Science in San Francisco. Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics was also an author.
  • Two Nurse Anesthesia students, Lee Pohlman and Jessica Szydlowski won an essay competition sponsored by the New England Assembly of Student Nurse Anesthetists and received $500 scholarships.


  • Dean Bobbie Berkowitz will lead a nursing delegation to Vietnam open to all Columbia Nursing alumni and friends from November 7-16, 2014.
  • All Columbia Nursing alumni are invited to attend the Columbia Primary Care Conference & Expo on May 9-10 at a reduced fee of $35 if they register in full using the code “Columbia.” Attendees can be awarded up to 14.5 contact hours based on attendance.  For more information, contact Will Enlow at wme2001@cumc.columbia.edu. Columbia University School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • Robert Teich, president of the Sidney and Loretta Teich Foundation, met with Associate Dean of Diversity and Cultural Affairs Vivian Taylor and student scholarship recipients  Elizabeth Gary, Lucette Jefferson, Danielline J. Martinez, Lei Meng, and Haram Park. He described the visit as “memorable” and also toured the school.  Columbia Nursing is grateful to the Sidney and Loretta Teich Foundation for its generosity and for advancing diversity in nursing.