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Publications, Presentations, and Other News July/August 2019

August 5, 2019


  • Adriana Arcia, PhD; Niurka Suero-Tejeda, MS; Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, CUIMC; and Suzanne Bakken, PhD, were among the authors of “Helping Hispanic Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia ‘Get the Picture’ About Health Status Through Tailored Infographics,” published in The Gerontologist.
  • Adriana Arcia, PhD; and Samantha Stonbraker ’13 ’16, PhD, were the authors of “Information Needs and Information-Seeking Processes of Low-Income Pregnant Women in Relation to Digital Maternity Education Resources,” published in The Journal of Perinatal Education.
  • Billy Caceres, PhD; Donald Edmondson, PhD, CUIMC; and Tonda Hughes, PhD, were among the authors of “Sexual Identity, Adverse Life Experiences, and Cardiovascular Health in Women,” published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • Christian Cansino ’15 ’17, DNP, was among the authors of “Effects of Midazolam on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting and Discharge Times in Outpatients Undergoing Cancer-Related Surgery,” published in the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists) Journal
  • Patricia Stone, PhD; and Mansi Agarwal, PhD, were among the authors of “Integration of Palliative Care and Infection Management at the End of Life in U.S. Nursing Homes,” published in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Awards and Honors 

  • Suzanne Bakken, PhD, was named the recipient of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) 2019 François Grémy Award of Excellence. Bakken is the first nurse to receive the award, which recognizes her long-lasting contributions made through research, education, development and application of biomedical and nursing informatics.
  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, is a Subcontract Principal Investigator of a new teaching grant, funded at $105,000, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, titled “Advanced Nursing Education Practitioner Residency Program”
  • Tonda Hughes, PhD, was accepted as a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.
  • Rita Marie John ’05, DNP, was named the Author of the Year by The Nurse Practitioner.
  • Ana Kelly, PhD, received a grant from Columbia University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Part of the Start Small! mini-grants program, the grant will go toward a collaboration with Center for Teaching and Learning staff for a project titled “Case-Based Learning Through Technology into Medical-Surgical Nursing Education.”
  • Maribeth Massie ’17, PhD, was selected to be the Principal Investigator of the Nurse Anesthetists Traineeship Program for 2019-20, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. This program will provide $32,000 in scholarships to offset tuition costs and help increase the number of advanced practice nurse anesthetists in Columbia Nursing’s 37 clinical sites while meeting the clinical affiliates’ needs as well as the growing demand for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. 
  • Sarah Collins Rossetti ’09, PhD, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is conferred annually. The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
  • Maxim Topaz, PhD; Dr. Kenrick Cato ’08 ’14, PhD; and Kathleen Mullen, DNP, are recipients of a new $150,000 grant funded by the Columbia Data Science Institute through the Collaboratory Fellows Fund. The grant will fund the development of a course titled “Data Science for Better Health Outcomes: A Nursing Perspective.”
  • Kyungmi Woo, PhD, received a grant from the Doyle Research Partnership Fund of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The grant, funded for $10,000, will support a pilot study titled “Exploring Prevalence of Wound Infections and Related Patient Characteristics In Homecare Using Natural Language Processing.” The study’s Columbia Nursing collaborators include: Jingjing Shang, PhD; and Max Topaz, PhD.
  • Katherine Zheng, PhD student, is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award of $45,000 to serve as the Principal Investigator of a study titled “Development Assets in Adolescents with Chronic Illness and Co-morbid Depression.”


  • Mara Berta ’09 ’13 ’19, DNP, presented “Bringing Palliative Care ‘Downstairs’: Applying the Principles of Palliative Care in the Emergency Department,” at the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Amanda Hessels, PhD, was among the presenters of a session titled “Research and Publication is Not Just for PhDs: How to Set Up PI/QI Projects for Research and Publication – A Toolkit” at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2019 Annual Conference, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Amanda Hessels, PhD; Bevin Cohen ’17, PhD; Ana Kelly, PhD; and Elaine Larson, PhD, presented “Impact of Exposures and Outbreaks on Staff Nurse and Infection Preventionist Workload,” at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2019 Annual Conference, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Tonda Hughes, PhD; and Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, presented “Advances in Research on Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use with Sexual Minority Women: A Scoping Review,” at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at the 45th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, in Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Lusine Poghosyan, PhD; Affan Ghaffari, PhD; and He Jin, MS, presented “Expanding Advance Practice Nurse Scope of Practice in the United States: Policy Change and Work Environment, Job Satisfaction, and Turnover” at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress 2019, in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
  • Laura Starbird, PhD, presented “The Effect of HIV Control, Injection Drug Use, and Drinking Alcohol on Engagement in the Hepatitis C Care Continuum,” at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, in Washington, DC.
  • Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, presented “‘I Drink to Change My World for a Moment’: A Mixed Methods and Dyadic Approach to Understanding Binge Drinking in Same-Sex/Gender Couples,” at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Briefs and Other News 

  • Billy Caceres, PhD, was selected as a trainee in a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s behavioral and sleep medicine program. This is a two-year interdisciplinary mentored research training effort that is part of the Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). The goals of PRIDE are to address the difficulties of establishing an independent research program and improving recruitment and retention of faculty from underrepresented groups in heart, lung, blood, and sleep studies.
  • Tonda Hughes, PhD; and Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, co-chaired a symposium titled “Theoretical and Methodological Advances in Alcohol Research with Sexual Minorities,” at the 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Lisa Iannacci-Manasia ’77 ’89, MS, presented “Children Don’t Belong on U.S. Tobacco Farms” to Representatives Peter King, Kathleen Rice, and Thomas Suozzi, and Senator Chuck Schumer on Capitol Hill. The presentation was part of a one-week health policy immersion experience that included visits to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Nurses Association (ANA), and both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • Nancy M. H. Pontes ’03, PhD, was honored with the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s (ENRS) 2019 Nursing Research Authorship Award at the 2019 ENRS Annual Scientific Session, in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • Kristine Qureshi ’03, PhD, spoke at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress in Singapore on “Empowering Nurses to Deliver Better Outcomes by Driving the Health Policy.”
  • Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, was invited to be a member of the Scientific Committee for Preach 2020: An LGBTQ Psychology Conference, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Ten Columbia Nursing alumni will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing in 2019: Aliza Bitton Ben-Zacharia ’98, DNP, PhD; Felesia Renee Bowen ’10, PhD; Jesus Casida ’96, PhD; Kenrick D. Cato ’08 ’14, PhD; Janna Lesser ’81, PhD; Wanda Montalvo ’15, PhD; Patricia Jean Moreland ’03 ’10, PhD; Nancy M. H. Pontes ’03, PhD; Arlene Smaldone ’03, PhD; and Mark P. Toles ’96, PhD.
  • Nadia Santana ’13 ’15 ’16, DNP, was a guest writer for the HuffPost featuring her article “I’m a Health Care Provider Without Commercial Health Insurance. Here’s My Story.”
  • Victoria Tiase ’06, MS, participated in an iHeartRadio podcast titled “All About Nursing,” which explains how nurses play a significant role in providing health care in multiple care settings.

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