Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN

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Billy A. Caceres, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research at Columbia University. Caceres is also an affiliated investigator of the Center for Research on People of Color and the Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center at Columbia University School of Nursing. Caceres completed his PhD at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University in 2017. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University School of Nursing he completed training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, behavioral cardiovascular health, and LGBTQ+ health. His program of research uses biobehavioral approaches to identify and intervene on psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease in marginalized populations across the lifespan.

He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of several studies to understand the influence of adverse life experiences on sleep and cardiovascular health in marginalized adults. In July 2019, Caceres began a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which examines the associations of sexual identity, adverse life experiences, and cardiovascular health in sexual minority (lesbian and bisexual) women and their heterosexual sisters. Caceres is currently the PI of the RESTORE Study. The RESTORE Study, funded by a seed grant from Columbia University's Data Science Institute, is a 30-day daily diary study that uses data science techniques to examine the associations of discrimination with sleep health and blood pressure in Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ adults. 

Caceres is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Nursing, and New York Academy of Medicine. He received the 2020 National Institutes of Health's Sexual and Gender Minority Early-Stage Investigator Award.


  • Spanish


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 2007 Political Science, New York University (NYU)
  • BSN, 2010 Nursing, New York University (NYU)
  • MSN, 2013 Adult/Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, New York University (NYU)
  • PhD, 2017 Nursing Research and Theory Development, New York University (NYU)

Honors & Awards

2021 Winner, American Heart Association's Marie Cowan Promising Early Career Investigator Award

2020 Winner, National Institutes of Health's Sexual and Gender Minority Early-Stage Investigator Award

2020 Fellow, American Heart Association

2020 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2020 Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

2019 Trainee, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute PRIDE program in Behavioral and Sleep Medicine

2018 Fellow, National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute

2018 Winner, American Heart Association’s Council for Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Best Abstract Award

2017 Winner, American Heart Association’s Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award

2017 Outstanding Scholarly Contribution to Gerontological Nursing, International Journal of Older People Nursing

2017 Fellow, American Heart Association Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

2015-2017 American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar in Aging

2015-2017 Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar

2017 NYU Meyers 2016-2017 Distinguished PhD Student Award

2017 University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing’s Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum

2016 AcademyHealth Diversity Scholar

2014-2016 Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence & Veteran’s Healthcare Nurse Leaders Scholar

2015 Eastern Nursing Research Society’s Outstanding PhD Student Paper, 1st place

2014-2015 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s Hermann Biggs Health Policy Scholar

2014 Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Excellence in Nursing Practice

2009 Oncology Nursing Society Baccalaureate Scholarship

2008-2010 Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Nursing Scholar

2008 New York State Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship

2008 Louis & Rachel Rudin Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship


Selected Publications

  1. Caceres, B. A., Streed, C. G., Corliss, H. L., Lloyd-Jones, D. M., Matthews, P. A., Mukherjee, M., Poteat, T., Rosendale, N., & Ross, L. M. (2020). Assessing and addressing cardiovascular health in LGBTQ adults: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 142(19), 2747-2757. doi.10.1661/CIR.000000000000000914.
  2. Streed, C.G., Beach, L.B., Caceres, B.A., Dowshen, N.L., Moreau, K.L., Mukherjee, M., Poteat, T., Radix, A., Reisner, S.L., & Singh, V. (epub ahead of print)). Assessing and addressing cardiovascular health in people who are transgender and gender diverse persons: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. Advance online publication. doi.10.1161/CIR.0000000000001003.
  3. Caceres, B.A., Barcelona, V., Vo, D., Suero-Tejeda, N., Jackman, K., Taylor, J., & Corwin, E. (2021). Investigating the associations of everyday discrimination and inflammation among Latinas: A pilot study. Biological Research for Nursing, 23(3), 311-317. doi.10.177/1099800421995901.
  4. Caceres, B. A., Travers, J.T., & Sharma, Y. (2021).Differences in multimorbidity among cisgender sexual minority and heterosexual adults: Investigating differences across age groups. Journal of Aging & Health, 33(5-6), 362-376. doi.10.1177/0898264320983663.
  5. Caceres, B.A., Ancheta, A., Dorsen, C.G., Newlin-Lew, K., Edmondson, D.E., & Hughes, T.L. (epub ahead of print). A population-based study of the intersection of sexual orientation and race/ethnicity on cardiometabolic risk among U.S. adults. Ethnicity & Health. doi.10.1080/13557858.2020.1740174.
  6. Caceres, B.A., Hickey, K.T., Heitkemper, E., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). An intersectional approach to examine sleep duration in sexual minority adults in the United States: Findings from the BRFSS. Sleep Health, 5(6), 621-629. doi.10.1016/j.sleh.2019.06.006.
  7. Caceres, B.A., Markovic, N., Edmondson, D.E., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). Sexual identity, adverse life experiences, and cardiovascular health in women. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 34(5), 380-389. doi.10.1098/JCN.00000000000000588.