Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN

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Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Nursing at CUMC


  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1997 Theatre, Davidson College
  • BSN, 2006 Nursing, Pace University
  • PhD, 2011 Nursing, University of Miami
  • Fellowship: 2014 Columbia University School of Nursing

Honors & Awards

  • 2018, Distinguished Poster Award, AMIA Annual Symposium
  • 2013, Harriet H. Werley Award, AMIA Annual Symposium
  • 2008-2011, University of Miami Fellowship
  • 2006, Academic Achievement Award (Highest GPA), Pace University
  • 2006, Lienhard School of Nursing Advisory Board Scholarship, Pace University
  • 2006, Patricia Mallet Memorial Scholarship, Pace University
  • 2005, Dean’s List, First Honors, Pace University
  • 1993-1997, Myers Burlington Honor Scholar, Davidson College
  • 1993-1997, National Merit Scholar, Davidson College


Topics: Tailored health infographics, information visualization, consumer health informatics, patient education, low health literacy as a health disparity, women's preferences and decision making about childbirth, normal physiologic childbirth, planned home birth

Methods: Hybrid iterative participatory design, user-centered design, survey methodology


"Personalized Infographics to Control Teen Asthma (PICTA)," Intervention-and-Implementation Science Pilot Awards, Columbia's Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, $50,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2020.

"Tailored Infographics to Support Comprehension of Asthma Control Status Among Hispanic Adults in Primary Care," Columbia University School of Nursing Intramural Grant, $10,000. Role: Prinicipal Investigator. 2017-2018.

“Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Maternity Education Platform,” Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, Columbia University, $25,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2015-2016.

Selected Publications

  • Arcia, A., George, M., Lor, M., Mangal, S., & Bruzzese, J-M. (2019). Design and comprehension testing of tailored asthma control infographics for adults with persistent asthma. Applied Clinical Informatics, 10(04):643-654. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1693713
  • Arcia, A., Stonbraker, S., & Warner, E. R. A. (2019) Information needs and information seeking processes of low-income pregnant women in relation to digital maternity education resources. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 28(3), 151-162. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.28.3.151
  • Arcia, A., Suero-Tejeda, N., Spiegel-Gotsch, N., Luchsinger, J. A., Mittelman, M., Bakken, S., (2019). Helping Hispanic family caregivers of persons with dementia get the picture about health status through tailored infographics. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnz085
  • Arcia, A. & George, M. (2019). Reference range number line format preferred by adults for display of asthma control status. Journal of Asthma. doi:10.1080/02770903.2019.1590597
  • Arcia, A., Suero-Tejeda, N., & Bakken, S. (2019). Development of pictograms for an interactive web application to help caregivers learn about the functional stages of dementia. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (MedInfo 2019), 264, 1116-1120. doi: 10.3233/SHTI190399
  • Bakken, S., Arcia, A., Woollen, J. (2019). Promoting Latino self-management through use of information visualizations: A case study in New York City. Information Services and Use, 39, 51-58. doi:10.3233/ISU-180029
  • Arcia, A., Woollen, J., & Bakken, S. (2018). A Systematic Method for Exploring Data Attributes in Preparation for Designing Tailored Infographics of Patient Reported Outcomes. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 6(1): 2, 1-9. doi:10.5334/egems.190
  • Arcia, A. (2017). Time to push: Use of gestational age in the electronic health record to support delivery of relevant prenatal education content. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 5(2), Article 5. doi:10.13063/2327-9214.1281
  • Stonbraker, S., Arcia, A., Halpern, M., & Larson, E. (2017). What the rest of the world should know about HIV: Perceptions from adults living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28(6), 977-983. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2017.06.009
  • Arcia, A., Suero-Tejeda, N., Bales, M. E., Merrill, J. A., Yoon, S., & Bakken, S. (2016). Sometimes more is more: Iterative participatory design of infographics for engagement of community members with varying levels of health literacy. JAMIA, 23(1), 174-183. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocv079
  • Cortés, Y. I., Arcia, A., Kearney, J., Luchsinger, J., & Lucero, R. J. (2017). Urban-dwelling community members' views on biomedical research engagement. Qualitative Health Research, 27(1), 130-137. doi:10.1177/1049732315627650
  • Lucero, R. J., Kearney, J., Cortés, Y., Arcia, A., Appelbaum, P., Fernández, R. L., Luchsinger, J. (2015). Benefits and risks in secondary use of digitized clinical data: Views of community members living in a predominantly ethnic minority urban neighborhood. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 6(2), 12-22. doi:10.1080/23294515.2014.949906
  • Arcia, A., Velez, M., & Bakken, S. (2015). Style Guide: An interdisciplinary communication tool to support the process of generating tailored infographics from electronic health data using EnTICE3. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes), 3(1), Article 3. doi:10.13063/2327-9214.1120
  • Arcia, A. (2015). U.S. Nulliparas' Reasons for Expected Provider Type and Childbirth Setting. Journal of Perinatal Education, 24(1), 61-72. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.24.1.61
  • Arcia, A. (2014). Facebook advertisements for inexpensive participant recruitment among women in early pregnancy. Health Education & Behavior, 41(3), 237-241. doi: 10.1177/1090198113504414
  • Arcia, A., Bales, M. E., Brown, W., III, Co, M. C., Jr., Gilmore, M., Lee, Y. J., … Bakken, S. (2013). Method for the development of data visualizations for community members with varying levels of health literacy. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2013, 51-60. Winner of the Harriet H. Werley Award for paper making the greatest contribution to advancing the field of nursing informatics. Nominee, Distinguished Paper Award.
  • Arcia, A. (2013). U.S. nulliparas' perceptions of roles and of the birth experience as predictors of their childbirth preferences. Midwifery, 29, 885-894. doi: 10.1016.j.midw.2012.10.002
  • De Santis, J. P., Arcia, A., Vermeesch, A., Gattamorta, K. A. (2011). Using structural equation modeling to identify predictors of sexual behaviors among Hispanic men who have sex with men. Nursing Clinics of North America, 46(2), 233-248. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.02.010