Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Overview

Academic Appointments

  • Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing (in Psychiatry)

Administrative Titles

  • Associate Dean, Global Health

Dr. Hughes holds the title of Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was Collegiate Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health in the College of Nursing, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health. She also holds honorary appointments in Australia (University of Technology-Sydney & Deakin University), England (Oxford Brookes University) and in the U.S. (University of Pennsylvania).   Dr. Hughes has a distinguished career in substance abuse research focusing on women’s mental health (total funding exceeding $20 million USD) and is an internationally recognized expert in sexual minority (lesbian and bisexual) women’s health. Her pioneering studies on the predictors and consequences of alcohol use among sexual minority women have received funding since 1999 from the National Institutes of Health and have grown into the world’s longest running longitudinal study of alcohol use and health among sexual minority women. She has served as Co-Investigator on numerous other funded studies with researchers from major U.S. and Australian institutions, including the University of Melbourne where she was a Visiting Professor from 2009-2014.

Gender

  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BSN, 1978 Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University
  • MSN, 1981 Psychiatric/Community Mental Health Nursing, University of Kentucky
  • PhD, 1989 Nursing Sciences (concentration in Women’s Health), University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Fellowship: 1994 University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 - Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice Recognition Award for contributions in behavioral health that create humane social justice policy. 
  • 2016 - Achievement award for exemplary commitment to improving the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
  • 2016 - Award of Excellence, GLMA Nursing Section
  • 2016 - Beverly McElmurry Award for Contributions to Global Health, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Alpha Lambda Chapter)
  • 2016 - Named Collegiate Professor, UIC College of Nursing
  • 2015-18 - University Scholar, University of Illinois at Chicago (one of 7 professors-all disciplines).
  • 2015 - Inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2015 - Elected Fellow, Institute of Medicine-Chicago
  • 2014 - Inaugural Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Illinois College of Nursing
  • 2014 - Betty Ford Award, Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse 
  • 2014 - Distinguished Contribution Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • 2013-16 - National Mentor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurse Faculty Scholars Program
  • 2013 - Nuveen International Award, Developing Educational and Research Capacity: Nursing HIV/AIDS Care Specialization in India
  • 2013-15 - Elected Co-Chair, American Academy of Nursing LGBTQ Expert Panel
  • 2011 - Inducted into University of Kentucky, College of Nursing, Hall of Fame 
  • 2010 - Outstanding Alumni Award. One of 50 in 50 (years) outstanding alumni, University of Kentucky College of Nursing
  • 2010 - Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2009 - Nursing Leadership Recognition Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Alpha Lambda Chapter)
  • 2006 - OPAL Award, Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association
  • 2003 - Inducted, Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • 2002 - Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International (Alpha Lambda Chapter)
  • 2001 - Inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • 1998 - Research Award, Outstanding Contributions to Addictions Research, National Nurses Society on Addictions 
  • 1996 - Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, UIC Graduate Student Organization
  • 1995 - Outstanding Alumnus, College of Allied Health and Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
  • 1992-94 - Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA), Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), T32 DA05466
  • 1992 - Teaching Award (Integration of substance abuse into undergraduate nursing curriculum), UIC, HIGH 5 Project (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education [FIPSE])
  • 1991 - Research Award, Outstanding Contributions to Addictions Research, Illinois Nurses Society on Addictions
  • 1989 - American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for Addiction in the Nursing Profession: Approaches to Intervention and Recovery (Co-edited with M. Haack) 

Research

Grants

STRESS, HAZARDOUS DRINKING AND INTIMATE PARTNER AGGRESSION IN A DIVERSE SAMPLE OF WOMEN AND THEIR PARTNERS (Federal Gov)

Sep 10 2019 - Jun 30 2024

CENTER FOR IMPROVING PALLIATIVE CARE FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS WITH MCC (CIPC) (Federal Gov)

Aug 8 2018 - May 31 2023

SEXUAL-MINORITY HEALTH (Federal Gov)

Sep 14 2018 - May 31 2021

SEXUAL ORIENTATION, DISCRIMINATION, AND HEALTH DISPARITIES IN DSM-5 ALCOHOL USE DISORDER (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2018 - Jan 31 2021

NATIONAL NURSING SUMMIT ON LGBT HEALTH (Private)

Sep 1 2019 - Aug 31 2020

TESTING ASSOCIATIONS AMONG SEXUAL IDENTITY, RACE/ETHNICITY, RELATIONSHIP CHARACTERISTICS, AND HAZARD (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2017 - Aug 31 2020

HEALTH, STRESS, AND TOBACCO USE DISPARITIES AMONG SEXUAL MINORITY POPULATIONS (Federal Gov)

Jun 16 2017 - Nov 30 2019

SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIFFERENCES: PREVALENCE AND CORRELATES OF SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE (Federal Gov)

Feb 1 2017 - Aug 31 2019

IMPACT OF SUPPORTIVE POLICIES ON MINORITY STRESS, DRINKING AND HEALTH AMONG WOMEN (Federal Gov)

Feb 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017