July 2023 Publications, Presentations, Awards, and Other News


Billy Caceres, student Yashika Sharma, MS ’20, and Tonda Hughes were among the authors of “Investigating the Associations of Sexual Minority Stressors and Incident Hypertension in a Community Sample of Sexual Minority Adults,” published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Tonda Hughes, student Sarah Zollweg, and Phoenix Matthews were among the authors of “The Modifying Effect of Minority Stressors on the Associations Between Neighborhood Deprivation and Mental Health Among US Sexual Minority Women,” published in Sexuality Research and Social Policy.  

Kasey Jackman, PhD ’17Tonda Hughes, and Walter Bockting were among the authors of “Prevalence of Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Transgender and Cisgender U.S. Adults: Results from a National Probability Sample,” published in Psychiatry Research.


Gregory Alexander presented “Conducting Clinical Informatics Survey Research: Scientific Methods and Applications” and “Is Digital Aged and Community Care the Solution” at MedInfo 2023, the 19th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, held July 8-12, 2023, in Sydney, Australia.

Suzanne Bakken presented “Leadership in Information Technology” at The Future of Nursing 2020‒2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, A Consensus Study from the National Academy of Medicine, at the 59th Annual Isabel Maitland Stewart Research Conference, on May 12, 2023, at Columbia Teachers College, in New York; “Best Practices for Disseminating Health Informatics/Data Science Innovations: Perspectives of an Editor-in-Chief” and “Ethics for Health Informatics and Data Science Research” at the Advancing Public Health Research in Eastern Africa Through Data Science (APHREA-DST) training conference, held May 25‒26, 2023, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and “Engaging Communities in Health Informatics and Data Science Innovations,” on June 8, 2023, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Informatics Grand Rounds, in New York. 

Ashley Chastain presented “Palliative Care-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Confidence of Home Health Patients, Caregivers, and Clinicians: Development and Testing of Questionnaires for a U.S. Audience” at the First International Conference in Palliative Care and Family Health Nursing, held June 26‒27, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Ariana Komaroff, MS ’04, presented at the “Dump the Pump” session at the International Council of Nurses 29th Congress, Nurses Together: A Force for Global Health, held July 1‒5, 2023, in Montreal. 

Jingjing Shang presented “A National Dataset of State-Level COVID-19 Policies for Post-Acute Care Settings: Implications for Patient Care” at the 2023 Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, held June 24‒27, 2023, in Seattle. 

Jiyoun Song presented “Identifying Preferences for Palliative Care Through Verbal Conversations in a Home-Based Care Setting” at the First International Conference in Palliative Care and Family Health Nursing, held June 26‒27, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand.  

Patricia Stone presented “From Quality Assurance to Publication” at the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) annual meeting, held June 26‒28, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. 


Jane Chaiyasit, DNP ’17, received the Great Catch Patient Safety Award from ColumbiaDoctors Patient Safety on June 27, 2023.

Marlene E. McHugh, DNP ’08, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Presbyterian School of Nursing/Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on May 6, 2023. 

Jiyoun Song, PhD ’20, received the Best Oral Presentation Award at the First International Conference in Palliative Care and Family Health Nursing, held June 26‒27, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand, for the presentation  “Identifying Preferences for Palliative Care Through Verbal Conversations in a Home-Based Care Setting.” 

Other News 

Suzanne Bakken was named to the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) on June 25, 2023. NExTRAC is a federal advisory group that provides recommendations to the director of the National Institutes of Health and a public forum for the discussion of the scientific, safety, and ethical issues associated with emerging biotechnologies.  

Tonda Hughes and Lauren Bochicchio's collaboration with the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Research Centre for Health on "sober curiosity" and social norms around alcohol use among sexual minority women was highlighted in a university news article by Glasgow Caledonian University. 

Ariana Komaroff, MS ’04, passed the Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) exam on July 7, 2023. The certification program provides a structure for professional education and evaluation and a standardization of training and experience, and brings together families, communities, and professionals working to support families during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the postpartum period. She also accepted an invitation to serve as associate editor for SAGE Open Nursing journal beginning July 1, 2023. 

Rebekah L. Ruppe, DNP ’09, was named to the New York State Medication Abortion and Early Pregnancy Loss Workgroup by Project ACCESS (Abortion Care Clinical Expansion and Early Pregnancy Loss Support Series) on May 8, 2023. Ruppe, along with Maura Abbott and the practice team at ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group, were chosen for a one-year program focused on developing strategies to influence structural, administrative, and policy changes to reduce the barriers health centers face when implementing medication abortion and/or early pregnancy loss care.