Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC

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Billy A. Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and the Program for the Study of LGBT Health at Columbia University. Dr. Caceres completed his PhD at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University in 2017. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative and Cost Effectiveness Reseach at the Columbia University School of Nursing he completed training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, behavioral cardiovascular health, and women's 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 of several studies to understand the influence of adverse life experiences on cardiovascular disease risk in vulnerable women. In July 2019, Dr. Caceres began a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that will launch the Cardiovascular Health and Life Experiences of Sisters (CHLES) study. This study examines the associations of sexual identity, adverse life experiences, and cardiovascular health in sexual minority (lesbian and bisexual) women and their heterosexual sisters. Dr. Caceres is also the PI of a two-year pilot study from the NINR-funded Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center at Columbia University School of Nursing that examines post-traumatic stress symptoms and cardiovascular disease risk in Latinas.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • Spanish

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

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, 1 st 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




Jul 1 2019 - Jun 30 2024


Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2023


Jul 1 2017 - Jun 30 2022


Jul 1 2013 - Jun 30 2018

Selected Publications

* denotes data-based

  1. *Caceres, B.A., Hickey, K.T., Heitkemper, E., & Hughes, T.L. (in press). An intersectional approach to examine sleep duration in sexual minority adults in the United States: Findings from the BRFSS. Sleep Health.
  2. *Caceres, B.A., Veldhuis, C.B., & Hughes, T.L. (in press). Racial/ethnic differences in cardiometabolic risk in a community sample of sexual minority women. Health Equity.
  3. *Squires, A.P., Caceres, B.A., Bub, L., & Negrete, M.I. (in press). Assessing geriatric capacity building needs in public hospitals in Mexico. International Journal of Older People Nursing.
  4. *Caceres, B.A., Markovic, N., Edmondson, D.E., & Hughes, T.L. (epub ahead of print). Sexual identity, adverse life experiences, and cardiovascular health in women. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  5. *Caceres, B.A., Veldhuis, C.B., Hickey, K.T., & Hughes, T.L. (epub ahead of print). Lifetime trauma and cardiometabolic risk in sexual minority women. Journal of Women's Health. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2018.7381.
  6. *Caceres, B.A., & Hickey, K.T. (epub ahead of print). Examining sleep duration and sleep health among sexual minority and heterosexual adults: Findings from NHANES (2005-2014). Behavioral Sleep Medicine. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2019.1591410.
  7. *Caceres, B.A., Dorsen, C.G., Travers, J.T., Primiano, J.E., & Luscombe, R.E. (epub ahead of print). Provider and LGBT individuals' perspectives on LGBT issues in long-term care: A systematic review. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnz012.
  8. *Caceres, B.A., Jackman, K.B., Ferrer, L., Cato, K., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). A scoping review of sexual minority women's health in Latin America and the Caribbean. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 94, 85-97. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.01.016.
  9. *Caceres, B.A., Makarem, N., Hickey, K.T., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). Cardiovascular disease disparities in sexual minority adults: An examination of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2014-2016). American Journal of Health Promotion. 33(4), 576-585. doi: 10.1177/0890117118810246.
  10. *Caceres, B.A., Brody, A., Dorsen, C., Halkitis, P.N., Yu, G., & Chyun, D. (2018). Cardiovascular disease risk in sexual minority women (18-59 years old): Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2012). Women's Health Issues, 28(4), 333-341. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2018.03.004.
  11. *Caceres, B.A., Brody, A., Dorsen, C., Halkitis, P.N., Yu, G., & Chyun, D. (2018). Sexual orientation differences in modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular disease diagnoses in men. LGBT Health. 5(5), 284-294. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2017.0220.
  12. *Caceres, B.A., Bub, L., Negrete, M.I., Giraldo-Rodriguez, L. & Squires, A.P. (2017). Healthcare professionals' perceptions of neglect of older people in Mexico: A qualitative secondary analysis. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 13(1). doi: 10.1111/opn.12168.
  13. *Caceres, B.A., Brody, A., Luscombe, R.,E., Primiano, J.,E., Marusca, P., Sitt, E.,M., & Chyun, D.A. (2017). A systematic review of cardiovascular disease in sexual minorities. American Journal of Public Health, 107(4), e13-21. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303630.
  14. Caceres, B.A., Brody, A., & Chyun, D.A. (2016). Recommendations for cardiovascular disease research with lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(23-24), 3728-3742. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13415.
  15. *Caceres, B.A., & Frank, M. (2016). Successful ageing in lesbian, gay, and bisexual older people: A concept analysis. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 11(3), 184-193. doi:10.1111/opn.12108.
  16. *Caceres, B.A., Sadarangani, T.R., Frank, M., Jun, J., Martelly, M., & Sales, P. (2016). Family caregivers of patients with frontotemporal dementia: An integrative review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 55, 71-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.10.016.
  17. Caceres, B.A. (2015). King's theory of goal attainment: Exploring functional status. Nursing Science Quarterly, 8(2), 151-155. doi:10.1177/0894318415571601.
  18. *Caceres, B.A., Moskowitz, D., & O'Connell, T. (2015). A review of the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery in older adults: 2002-2013. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12235.
  19. Frank, M., & Caceres, B.A. (2015). Inflammaging: A concept analysis. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 11(2), 258-261.
  20. *Fulmer, T., Strauss, S., Russell, S., Singh, G., Blankenship, J., Vemula, R., Caceres, B.A., Valenti, M., & Sutin, D. (2012). Screening for elder mistreatment in dental and medical clinics. Journal of Gerodontology, 29(2), 96-105. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2010.00405.x.