Elaine L. Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita of Nursing Research and Professor Emerita of Epidemiology
  • Special Lecturer in Nursing

Research Activities: Institutional Review Board and human subjects research; Development of antimicrobial resistance; Health-care associated infections.

Elaine Larson is Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer, Columbia University School of Nursing and was Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 1999-2020. She is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Medicine, Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, American Academy of Nursing, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. She has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Chair of CDC’s Hospital Infection Control Advisory Committee (HICPAC). She has also chaired two institutional review boards—for Columbia and the New York Academy of Medicine—for several decades.

Dr. Larson received the first Pathfinder Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2003, an International Nurse Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2011, and the John Stearns Medal for lifetime achievement in clinical practice, New York Academy of Medicine, 2014, and the Walsh McDermott Medal from the National Academy of Medicine, 2017. She was Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control for 25 years (1995-2020) and has published more than 400 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research and has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings. Currently Dr. Larson currently serves on the President's Advisory Committee to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and as a member of the Board of Directors, Certification Board for Infection Control.

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BSN, University of Washington
  • MA, University of Washington
  • PhD, University of Washington

Honors & Awards

  • 2019:  Honorary Distinguished Alumna Award, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • 2018: Walsh McDermott Medal for Distinguished Service, National Academy of Medicine
  • 2017: Designated as a Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2012: National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lectureship Award
  • 2011: International Nurse Researcher, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 2009: 2008: Pioneering Spirit Award, American Association of Critical Care Nursing Lectureship, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • 2008: Pioneering Spirit Award, American Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • 2006: Society of Scholars, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2004: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Fellow
  • 2004: Distinguished Research Award, University of Washington School of Nursing
  • 2003: Pathfinder Award, National Institute of Nursing Research
  • 2002: Elaine Larson Lectureship (endowed, named annual lectureship), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • 1998: National Academies of Practice, Distinguished Practitioner

Research

Prevention and control of infectious diseases, with emphasis on skin antisepsis and healthcare-associated infections

Research Interests

  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Research ethics
  • Informed consent

Grants

SIMULATION TO IMPROVE INFECTION PREVENTION AND PATIENT SAFETY: THE SIPPS TRIAL (Federal Gov)

Mar 1 2019 - Feb 29 2024

INFECTION PREVENTION IN HOME HEALTH CARE (INHOME) (Federal Gov)

Sep 21 2017 - Jun 30 2021

PRECISION IN SYMPTOM SELF-MANAGEMENT (PRISSM) CENTER (Federal Gov)

Aug 16 2016 - May 31 2021

CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

STUDY OF INFECTION MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE AT END-OF-LIFE (SIMP-EL) (Federal Gov)

May 1 2017 - Mar 31 2021

FLU SAFE: FLU SMS ALERTS TO FREEZE EXPOSURE (Federal Gov)

Dec 9 2016 - Nov 30 2020

INFECTION CONTROL IN HOME CARE AND PREDICTIVE RISK MODELING (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2016 - Oct 31 2020

NURSING INTENSITY OF PATIENT CARE NEEDS AND RATES OF HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS (NIC-HAI) (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2016 - Aug 31 2019

MOSAIC: MOBILE SURVEILLANCE FOR ARI AND ILI IN THE COMMUNITY (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2012 - Sep 29 2018

TRAINING IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TO PREVENT INFECTIONS (TIRI) (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2018

INFLUENZA AND OTHER RESPIRATORY VIRAL DISEASE IN PEDIATRIC CHRONIC CARE FACILITIES INFECTION CONTRO (Federal Gov)

Aug 3 2015 - Aug 2 2017

KEEP IT CLEAN FOR KIDS: THE KICK PROJECT (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2012 - Jun 30 2017

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS: HIT-HAI (Federal Gov)

Mar 6 2013 - Dec 31 2016

CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (UL1) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2006 - Jun 30 2016

PROPOSAL FOR DEVELOPMENT, PSYCHOMETRIC AND PILOT TESTING OF STANDARD PRECAUTIONS SAFETY CLIMATE AND OBSERVATION TOOLS (Private)

Jan 1 2015 - Mar 30 2016

SECONDARY BACTEREMIA IN PATIENTS WITH CATHETER-ASSOCIATED URINARY TRACT INFECTION (Federal Gov)

Jun 1 2013 - Dec 5 2015

RISK FACTORS FOR SPREAD OF STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS IN PRISONS. (Federal Gov)

Aug 15 2009 - Jul 31 2015

THE EXAMINATION OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CROWDING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM DEPARTMENT (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2013 - Jun 30 2015

PREVENTION OF NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIOUS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS REFINED (P-NICER) (Federal Gov)

Dec 1 2006 - May 31 2014

IMPROVING ANTIMICROBIAL PRESCRIBING PRACTICES IN THE NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (Federal Gov)

Jul 24 2008 - Oct 30 2013

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS INITIATIVE COMMUNITY-BASED COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH (WICER) (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2010 - Sep 29 2013

TRAINING NURSE SCIENTISTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY & TRANSLATION AL RESEARCH IN THE UNDERSERVED (TRANSIT) (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2009 - Jun 30 2013

THE STEP PROJECT (STOPPING TRANSMISSION IS EVERYONE''S PRIORI TY) (Private)

Jan 1 2012 - Dec 31 2012

IMPACT OF AN AUTOMATED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM ON APPROPRIATED U SE OF ISOLATION FOR MRSA (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Sep 29 2012

MPACT OF AN AUTOMATED SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM ON APPROPRIATED US E OF ISOLATION FOR MRSA (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Sep 29 2012

TRAINING IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH TO REDUCE ANTIMICROBI AL RESISTANCE (Federal Gov)

Sep 18 2007 - Aug 31 2012

STUDENT UTILIZATION OF HYGIENE DETERRENTS TO SICKNESS (THE S UDS STUDY) (Private)

Sep 1 2011 - Jul 31 2012

CHILDREN IN CHRONIC CARE FACILITIES: HOW OFTEN ARE THEY TOUC HED? (Private)

Jun 9 2011 - Jul 31 2012

APPROPRIATE CARE OF URI IN CHILDREN OF LATINO IMMIGRANTS:THE ACURI PROJECT (Federal Gov)

Sep 20 2009 - Jun 30 2012

NURSE EDUCATION PRACTICE AND RETENTION (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2012

UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGING ICP ROLE (Private)

Sep 1 2008 - Jan 1 2011

STOPPING URIS AND FLU IN THE FAMILY: THE STUFFY TRIAL (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2006 - Sep 29 2009

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH:ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE(RMI) (Federal Gov)

Sep 20 2004 - Jul 31 2009

STOPPING URIS AND FLU IN THE FAMILY: THE STUFFY TRIAL (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2006 - Sep 29 2008

Selected Publications

  • Conway LJ, Larson EL. Guidelines to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections: 1980 to 2010. Heart and Lung 2012; 41: 271-283.
  • Patel SJ, O’Toole D, Larson E. A new metric of antibiotic class resistance in gram-negative bacilli isolated from hospitalized children. Infect Contr Hosp Epidemiol 2012; 33:602-607.
  • Landers TF, Cohen B, Wittum TE, Larson EL. A review of antibiotic use in food animals: Perspective, policy and potential. Publ Health Rep 2012; 127:4-22.
  • Larson EL, Cortazal M. Publication guidelines need widespread adoption. J Clin Epidemiol 2011; 65:239-246
  • Larson EL, Cohen B, Gebbie K, Clock S, Saiman L. Interdisciplinary research training in a school of nursing. Nurs Outlook 2011;59:29-36.
  • Ferng YH, Wong-McLoughlin J, Barrett A, Currie L, Larson E. Barriers to mask wearing for influenza-like illness among urban Hispanic households. Publ Health Nurs 2011; 28:13-23.
  • Pogorzelska M, Stone PW, Cohn EG, Larson E. Changes in the institutional review board submission process for multicenter research over 6 years. Nurs Outlook 2010; 58:181-187
  • Dunn-Navarra AM, Cohen B, Stone PW, Pogorzelska M, Jordan S, Larson E. Relationship between systems-level factors and hand hygiene adherence. J Nurs Care Qual 2010; 25:ePub ahead of print.
  • Landers T, Apte M, Hyman S, Furuya Y, Glied S, Larson E. A comparison of methods to detect urinary tract infections using electronic data. Joint Comm J Qual Patient Safety 2010; 36:411-417.
  • Scanfeld D, Scanfeld V, Larson EL. Dissemination of health information through social networks: Twitter and antibiotics. Am J Infect Contr 2010; 38:182-188.
  • Honors & Awards
  • 2012  National Institute of Nursing Research Director’s Lectureship Award
  • 2011  International Nurse Researcher, Sigma Theta Tau