Primary and Comprehensive Care

Columbia Nursing researchers recognize the importance of both primary and comprehensive care in improving the health of the public. While primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community, comprehensive care addresses all health problems at any stage of a patient’s life and looks at health through a wide-angle lens, seeing the “big picture” from an all-inclusive perspective. Our nurse researchers whose projects focus on primary care often examine the nurse practitioner’s (NP or DNP) role in primary care, recognizing the increasing need for these advanced practitioners as the United States population ages. Importantly, the work of our researchers is breaking down the inherent barriers to NPs and DNPs practicing to the full scope of their capabilities and training in primary care.


  • Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FNAP, FNAM

    • Associate Professor of Nursing at CUMC

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Health Services and Policy

  • Rachel Yeji Lee, PhD, RN

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Informatics, Precision Health, Community Health Nursing

    Research Interests: Adolescent Health, School Nursing, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Health, Community Health Nursing, Adolescent Primary Care, School-based Health Centers, Immigrant Health

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  • Maureen George, PhD, AE-C, RN, FAAN

    • Professor of Nursing at CUMC

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Dissemination and Implementation, Interdisciplinary, Behavioral Science

    Research Interests: Chronic Respiratory Diseases, CBPR, Self-Management, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Clinician Training in Shared Decision-Making, Integrating Behavioral Interventions into Office Visits

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  • Allison Andreno Norful, PhD, MPhil, MSN, BSN, ANP-BC

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Health Services and Policy, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Teamwork, Quality of Care, Comparative Effectiveness, Team Processes, Policy

  • Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN

    • Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fish Professor of Nursing and Professor of Health Policy and Management

    Research Approaches: Health Services and Policy, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Primary Care, Chronic Diseases, Minority Populations, Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Teams