Cindy Veldhuis, PhD

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Overview

Dr Cindy Veldhuis (pronounced Veld-hice) is an associate research scientist and a research psychologist at the Columbia University School of Nursing. She recently received aK99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from the National Institutes of Health(NIH). Dr Veldhuis’ K99/R00 takes a novel mixed-methods approach to examining associations between stress and alcohol use among women in same-sex relationships. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016 and completed her masters (Cognitive Psychology) and bachelors (double major: Theater and Psychology) at the University of Oregon. She has 36 peer-reviewed publications and three book chapters, and in 2019 was invited to give a talk on the effects of the 2016 election on LGBTQ people at the United Nations. She recently completed an individual NIH/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (NIH F32) focused on intersectionality in the associations between relationships and hazardous drinking. Dr Veldhuis also served on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health COVID-19 Mental Health Measurement Task Force. Early in the pandemic, this task force worked with existing longitudinal studies to include mental health measures to assess the impact of the pandemic on mental health. She also is principal investigator of an international, longitudinal study on mental health and relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was recently appointed co-chair of the Science Committee of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44, the division focused on LGBT health). Dr Veldhuis has won multiple awards for her research, including awards from the American Psychological Association and the Research Society on Alcoholism/NIAAA.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Research Scientist

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1997 Psychology & Theatre Arts, University of Oregon
  • MS, 2003 Psychology (Cognitive, University of Oregon
  • PhD, 2016 Psychology (Clinical), University of Illinois at Chicago

Honors & Awards

Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health,2021

Fellow, Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University (Funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), 2020-present

Junior Investigator Award (with stipend), Research Society on Alcoholism, 2017, 2018, 2019

Early Career Psychologist Research Award, Division 35, Section IV, American Psychological Association, 2018

Early Career Psychologist Travel Award, Division 35, Section IV, American Psychological Association, 2017

Professional Development Institute at the 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference, Northwestern University, Chicago IL, 2017

Postdoctoral Associate, UIC’s NIH-funded K12 “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health” (BIRCWH), 2016-2017

Research & Presentation Award, Lavender Research Forum, 2016

Alice J. Dan Dissertation Research Award (for Women’s Health Research), 2015

UIC Graduate Student Council Travel Award, 2015

UIC Graduate College Travel Award, 2015

UIC Department of Psychology Travel Award, 2015

Invited member of Golden Key International Honour Society (top 15% of all graduate students), 2014-2015

Second place award for research at the Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Graduate Student Research Competition, 2003

Second place research award for the American Psychological Association's Division 12's Section on the Clinical Psychology of Women, 2002

First place award for research in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Graduate Student Research Competition, 2001

Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, 2001-present

Dean’s List at University of Oregon, 1996-1999

Research

Grants

Current

A mixed-methods approach to understanding stress and hazardous drinking among same-sex female couples. NIH/NIAAA Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), K99AA028049. Role: Principal Investigator. 2020-2022

Stress, hazardous drinking and intimate partner aggression in a diverse sample of women and their partners. R01AA027252-01A1 (PI: T. Hughes) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Role: Key research personnel (unpaid; 0% effort; as I have an NIH K99/R00 I cannot be paid from other federal grants). 2019-2024

Impact of supportive policies on minority stress, drinking and health among women: Competitive renewal of R01AA013328-10 (PI: T. Hughes) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Role: Key research personnel (unpaid; 0% effort; as I have an NIH K99/R00 I cannot be paid from other federal grants).

Completed

Effects of marriage recognition on substance abuse and health for women. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), R03MD011481 (PI L. Drabble and K. Trocki). Role: Consultant. 2017-2020 NCE

Testing associations among sexual identity, race/ethnicity, relationship characteristics, and hazardous drinking. NIH/NIAAA Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, F32AA025816. Impact score: 11. Role: Principal Investigator.2017-2020

Individual- and couple-level risks for hazardous drinking among same-sex female couples. Columbia University Intramural Pilot Grant, $10,000. Role: Principal Investigator. 2018-2019

Asthma status and risks in lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents and adults (PI: M. George). Columbia University School of Nursing Intramural Pilot Grant, $10,000. Role: Key research personnel (grant provided supplementary salary support; 13% effort). 2017-2019

Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with preventive care use by women in Chicago (Dissertation). Supported by dissertation funds from the Alice Dan Research Award. Role: Principal Investigator. 2015-2016

The role of alcohol use in sexual minority women’s relationships: Alcohol use discrepancies, relationship status, minority stress, and relationship stress. University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing Internal Research Support Program (PI: Tonda Hughes), $20,000. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. 2016-2017

Selected Publications

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS *Indicates shared first authorship

Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Bochicchio, L.A., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Munroe, C., Hughes, T.L. (accepted). Experiences of COVID-19 Among African American, Latinx, and White Sexual Minority Women: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Papautsky, E.L., Rice, D., Ghoneima, H., McKowen, A.W., Nesoff, E.D., Wootton, A., & Veldhuis, C.B. (Accepted). Health care delays and interruptions in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Caceres, B., Hughes, T.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Matthews, A.K. (2021). Past-year discrimination and cigarette smoking among sexual minority women. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Drabble, L.A., Wootton, A., Veldhuis, C. B., Riggle, E. D. B., Rostosky, S. S., Lannutti, P., Balsam, K., & Hughes, T.L. (2021). Perceived psychosocial impacts of the right to marry: A scoping review of sexual minority adults’ experiences. PlosOne.

Veldhuis, C.B., Nesoff, E.D., McKowen, A.W., Rice, D., Ghoneima, H., Wootton, A., Papautsky, E.L., Arigo, D., Goldberg, S., Anderson, J. (2021). Addressing the critical need for long-term mental health data during the COVID-19 pandemic: Changes in mental health from April to September, 2020. Preventive Medicine.

Lin, T., Cheng, Y. Hughes, T.L., Veldhuis, C.B. (accepted). Research on LGBTQ health and well-being in China: 2011-2017. Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health.

Riehm K.E., Holingue C., Smail E.J., Kapteyn A., Bennett D., Thrul J., Kreuter F., McGinty E.E., Kalb L.G., Veldhuis C.B., Johnson R.M., Fallin M.D., Stuart E.A. (2021). Trajectories of Mental Distress Among US Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Veldhuis, C.B., George, M, Everett, B., Hughes, T.L., Bruzzese, J-M. (2021). The association of asthma, sexual identity, and inhaled substance use among U.S. adolescents. Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Trocki, K., Drabble, L.A., Klinger, J., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. (2021). Investigating Differential Protective Effects of Marriage on Substance Use by Sexual Identity Status. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. 8(2), 69-80. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.267

Holingue, C., Kalb, L.G., Riehm, K.E., Bennett, D., Kapteyn, A., Veldhuis, C.B., Johnson, R., Fallin, M.D., Kreuter, F., Stuart, E.A., Thrul, J. (2020). Mental Distress in the United States at the Beginning of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic. American Journal of Public Health.

Holingue, C., Badillo-Goicoechea, E., Riehm, K.E., Veldhuis, C.B., Thrul, J. Johnson, R., Fallin, M.D., Kreuter, F., Stuart, E.A., Kalb, L.G. (2020). Mental Distress during the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic among United States adults without a pre-existing mental health condition. Preventive Medicine. PMID: 32758507 DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2020.106231

Riehm, K.E., Holingue, C., Kalb, L.G., Bennett, D., Kapteyn, A., Veldhuis, C.B., Johnson, R., Fallin, M.D., Kreuter, F., Stuart, E.A., Thrul, J. (2020). Associations between media engagement and mental distress among U.S. adults at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.06.008

Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Matthews, A., Drabble, L., Wilsnack, S.C. (2020). Do relationships provide the same levels of protection against heavy drinking for SMW of color? An intersectional approach. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. DOI: doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000383

Hughes, T.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble. L.A., Wilsnack, S.C. (2020). Research on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among sexual minority women: A global scoping review. PlosOne. PMID: 32187200; PMCID: PMC7080264; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229869.

Riggle, E.D.B., Drabble, L.A., Matthews, A.K., Veldhuis, C.B., Nisi, R.A., Hughes, T.L., (2020). First comes marriage, then comes the election: Macro-event impacts on African-American, Latina/x, and White sexual minority women. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000375

Drabble, L., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Perry, E, Riggle, E.D.B., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2020). It's complicated: The impact of marriage legalization among sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals in the U.S. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000375

Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Drabble, L., Wilsnack, S.C., Riggle, E.D.B., Rostosky, S.S. (2019). Relationship status and drinking-related outcomes among sexual minority women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(1), 244-268. PMID: 30581248; PMCID: PMC6298438; DOI: doi.org/10.1177/0265407517726183

Veldhuis, C.B., Maki, P.M. Molina, K. (2019). Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with urban women’s preventive care use. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 1-19. PMID: 31865485; DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00122-4

Everett, B.G., Turner, B., Hughes, T.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Paschen-Wolff, M., Phillips G. (2019). Sexual orientation disparities in teen pregnancy risk behaviors and teen pregnancy: Updates from the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey. LGBT Health, 6(7), 342-349. PMCID: PMC6797072; PMID: 31618165; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2018.0206

Veldhuis, C.B., Bruzzese, J-M, Hughes, T.L., George, M. (2019). Asthma status and risks among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults in the United States: A scoping review. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,122(5), 535-536. PMID: 30721759; DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.anai.2019.01.021

Parker, J.J., Veldhuis, C.B., Haider, S. Hughes, T.L. (2019). Barriers to contraceptive use among adolescents in two semi-rural Nicaraguan communities. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. PMID: 30939115; DOI: doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2017-0228

Caceres, B.A., Veldhuis, C.B., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). Racial/ethnic differences in cardiometabolic risk in a community sample of sexual minority women. Health Equity, 3(1), 350-359. PMID: 31312782; PMCID: PMC6626969DOI: 10.1089/heq.2019.0024

Steele, S., Alvy, L., Veldhuis, C.B., Martin, K., Nisi, R., & Hughes, T.L. (2019)., Femininity, masculinity, and body image among lesbian & bisexual women. Women & Health, 59(8), 829-844. PMID: 30786850; PMCID: PMC6703961 DOI: doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2019.1567645.

Caceres, B.A., Veldhuis, C.B., Hickey, K.T., & Hughes, T.L. (2019). Lifetime trauma and cardiometabolic risk in sexual minority women. Journal of Women’s Health, 1200-1217. PMID: 31099702; PMCID: PMC6743091; DOI: doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2018.7381

Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C. B., Wootton, A., Riggle, E. D. B., & Hughes, T. L. (2018). Mapping the landscape of support and safety among sexual minority women and gender minorities: Perceptions after the 2016 election. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, (16,4) 488-500. DOI: doi.org/10.1007/s13178-018-0349-6

Bostwick, W.B., Hughes, T.L., Steffen, A., Veldhuis, C.B., Wilsnack, S.C. (2018). Depression and victimization in a community sample of bisexual and lesbian women: An intersectional approach. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48(1), 131-141. PMID: 29968037; PMCID: PMC6214200; DOI: doi.org/10.1007/s10508-018-1247-y

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2018) “I fear for my safety, but would like to show bravery for others”: Anticipation of increased violence and discrimination among transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals after the 2016 Presidential election. Violence & Gender, 5(1), 1-11. DOI: doi.org/10.1089/vio.2017.0032

Kidd, J., Jackman, K.B., Wolff, M., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. (2018). Risk and protective factors for substance use among sexual and gender minority youth: A scoping review. Current Addictions Reports, 5(2), 158-173. PMID: 30393591; DOI: doi.org/10.1007/s40429-018-0196-9

Drabble, L. Trocki, K.F., Korcha, R., Klinger, J.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. (2018). Comparing substance use and mental health outcomes among sexual minority and heterosexual women in probability and non-probability samples. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 185, 285-292. PMID: 29482053. PMCID: PMC5889720. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.12.036

Riggle, E.D.B., Rostosky, S.S., Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. (2018). Sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals’ hope and empowerment responses to the 2016 Presidential election. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14(1-2), 152-173. DOI: doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2017.1420853

Wootton, A., Drabble, L.A., Bitcon, C., Riggle, E.D.B., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. (2018). Impacts of marriage legalization on the experiences of sexual minority women in work and community contexts. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 15(3), 211-234. PMID: 31080374; PMCID: PMC6508647; DOI: doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2018.1474829

Riggle, E. D. B., Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C. B., Wootton, A., & Hughes, T. L. (2018). The impact of marriage equality on sexual minority women’s relationships with their families of origin. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(9), 1190-1206. PMCID: PMC5731546; PMID: 29099308 DOI: doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1407611

Veldhuis, C.B., Talley, A.E., Hancock, D.W., Wilsnack, S.C., Hughes, T.L. (2017). Alcohol use, age, and perceived mental and physical health in a community sample of lesbian and bisexual women. LGBT Health, 4(6), 419-426. PMID: 29099308; PMCID: PMC5731546. DOI: doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2017.0056

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2017). “We won't go back into the closet now without one hell of a fight”: Effects of the 2016 election on sexual and gender minorities. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 15(1), 12-24. DOI: doi.org/10.1007/s13178-017-0305-x

Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C.B., Riley, B. B., Rostosky, S., & Hughes, T. L. (2017). Relationship of religiosity and spirituality to hazardous drinking, drug use, and depression among sexual minority women. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(13), 1734-1757. PMID: 28929909; PMCID: PMC5860995. DOI: doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1383116

Barrantes, R. J., Eaton, A. A., Veldhuis, C. B., & Hughes, T. L. (2017). The role of minority stressors in lesbian relationship commitment and persistence over time. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(2), 205-217. PMID: 28695154. PMCID: PMC5501283. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000221

Jeong, Y. M.*, Veldhuis, C. B.,* Aranda, F., & Hughes, T. L. (2016). Racial/ethnic differences in unmet needs for mental health and substance use treatment in a community-based sample of sexual minority women. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(23-24), 3557-3569. PMID: 27461857. PMCID: PMC5819990. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13477

Truong, M., Bochenska, K., Veldhuis, C.B., Swiatkowski, V. (2015). Duration of Endometrial Preparation and Essure Hysteroscopic Sterilization Placement Success. Obstetrics and Gynecology International Journal, 2(2), 1-3.

Astrachan-Fletcher, E., Veldhuis, C.B., Lively, N., & Fowler, C. (2008). The reciprocal effects of eating disorders and the post-partum period. Journal of Women’s Health, 17(2), 227-239. DOI: doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2007.0550

Turner, L.R., Veldhuis, C.B., & Mermelstein, R. (2005). Adolescent smoking: Are infrequent and occasional smokers ready to quit? Substance Use and Misuse, 40, 1127-1137. PMID: 16040373. DOI: doi.org/10.1081/JA-200042268

Turner, L. R., Mermelstein, R., Berbaum, M. L., Veldhuis, C.B., (2004). School-based smoking cessation programs for adolescents: What predicts attendance? Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 6, 559-568. PMID: 15203789. DOI: doi.org/10.1080/14622200410001696475

Veldhuis, C.B. (2001). The trouble with power. Women and Therapy, 23, 37-56. DOI: doi.org/10.1300/J015v23n02_04

UNDER REVIEW OR IN REVISION

Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C.B., Perry, E, Wootton, A.R., Riggle, E.D.B., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. It's complicated: The impact of marriage legalization among sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals in the U.S.

Veldhuis C.B., Juster, R.P., Corbeil, T. Wall, M., Hughes, T.L. Teasing apart trauma and discrimination as risk factors for PTSD in a diverse community sample of sexual minority women.

Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Matthews, A., Drabble, L., Wilsnack, S.C. Do relationships provide the same levels of protection against heavy drinking across SMW of color? An intersectional approach.

Everett, B.G., Turner, B., Hughes, T.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Paschen-Wolff, M., Phillips G. Sexual orientation disparities in teen pregnancy risk behaviors and teen pregnancy: Updates from the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey.

Veldhuis, C.B., Maki, P.M. Molina, K. Psychological and neighborhood factors associated with preventive care use by women in Chicago.

Boyd, C., Veliz, P., Veldhuis, C.B.,Hughes, T.L., McCabe, S.E. Stressful events, psychiatric disorders, and substance use disorders among heterosexual and sexual minority cohorts in the United States.

Veldhuis, C.B., Bruzzese, J-M, Everett, B., Hughes, T.L., George, M. Substance use and asthma status among lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents in the YRBS.

Trocki, K., Drabble, L.A., Klinger, J., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L. Relationship status as a protective factor against substance use and abuse.

Veldhuis, C.B. Groomed for violence: The use and effects of batterers' coercive tactics.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Riggle, E.D.B., Rostosky, S.S., Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C.B.,Hughes, T.L. (2018). Sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals' hope and empowerment responses to the 2016 Presidential election. In P.J. Lannutti, M.P. Galupo (Eds.) The 2016 US Presidential Election and the LGBTQ Community (Chapter 8). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis. 154-175.

Veldhuis, C.B., & Freyd, J. J. (1999). Groomed for silence, groomed for betrayal. Invited chapter for M. Rivera (Ed.), Invited chapter for Fragment by fragment: Feminist perspectives on child sexual abuse and memory. Gynergy Books. 252-283

Veldhuis, C.B. (2001). The trouble with power. Invited chapter for E. Kaschak (Ed.) Invited chapter for The Next Generation: Third Wave Feminist Psychotherapy. New York, NY: Haworth Press. 37-56.

BOOK REVIEWS

Veldhuis, C.B. (2007). When trauma has no words: A review of Annie Rogers' The unsayable: The hidden language of trauma. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 8, 115-119.

EDITORIALS

Veldhuis, C.B. (Fall, 2002). Dear psychologist, meet your public! The Advocate: Section on Child Maltreatment Newsletter.

Veldhuis, C.B. & Freyd, J.J. (2007). Primary prevention of violence by adults: Let's not overlook the impact of having been a victim of abuse. [Commentary]. Trauma Psychology Newsletter, Division 56, American Psychological Association, 2, 3-4.

Veldhuis, C.B., Stuart, E., Fallin, M.D. (2021). Five Urgent Public Health Policies to Combat the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19. Health Affairs Blog. https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20210122.959001/full/

PREPRINTS

Veldhuis CB, Porsch L, Bochicchio L, Campbell J, Johnson T, LeBlanc A, Leonard K, Wall M, Wilsnack S, Xu M, Hughes TL. (2021). The CHLEW Couples Study: Protocol for a Study of Stress, Hazardous Drinking, and Intimate Partner Aggression among Sexual Minority Women and their Partners. JMIR Preprints. DOI: 10.2196/preprints.28080; URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/28080

Veldhuis, C.B. (2021, January 27). Cultivating dependence, denial, and self-blame: The use and effects of coercive tactics in intimate partner violence among LGBTQIA+ and heterosexual couples. PsyArXiv. https://psyarxiv.com/5m8wt

Smail, E.J., Riehm, K.E., Veldhuis, C.B., Johnson, R.M., Holingue, C., Stuart, E.A., Kalb, L.G., Thrul, J. (2020). Associations of family structure and presence of children in the household with mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/8qm7s

Veldhuis, C.B. (2020). Associations between individual and couple-level minority stressors and relationship stress in queer women’s interracial/interethnic couple relationships. PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/nujvf