Biobehavioral and -Omics Research

Biobehavioral research considers both biological and behavioral contributors to health in order to better understand and target the underlying mechanisms of disease and symptom etiology. Similarly, nurses conducting -omic based research, including epigenomic, genomic, microbiomic, and/or metabolomic research, investigate factors at the cellular or metabolic level that predispose one to (genetic, epigenetic, and/or microbiomic) or reflect (metabolomic) good or poor health. Ultimately, nursing scientists conducting biobehavioral and/or -omic-related research seek to apply the knowledge discovered to develop more effective nursing assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies. Biobehavioral and -omic researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing regularly address important areas of nursing science, including cardiovascular disease, HIV risk and progression, asthma control, maternal-child health, symptom development, and the development of single and multiple chronic conditions. Our work is often conducted under the umbrella of eliminating health disparities and ensuring better health outcomes for all.


  • Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI

    Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics

    Research Approaches: Informatics, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Latino, Symptom Science, Self-Management, Informatics, Information Visualization, Precision Health

  • Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD

    Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology (in Nursing) at CUIMC

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Dissemination and Implementation, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Asthma, School-Based, Adolescents, Behavioral Medicine, Intervention, Self-Care

  • Billy A. Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Comparative Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular Health, Interventions, Adverse Life Experiences, Intersectionality

  • Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, BSN, MSN

    Vice Dean for Strategy and Innovation in Research

    Research Approaches: Interdisciplinary, Precision Health, Translational
    Research Interests: The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis, Postpartum Depression, Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Metabolomics, Multiple Chronic Conditions

  • Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, MSN, BSN

    Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing; Associate Dean for Global Health

    Research Approaches: Survey, Quantitative, Mixed Methods, Methodological, Couple-level
    Research Interests: Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Use, Sexual Minority Women's Health, Sexual and Gender Minority Health, Intersectionality, Intimate Partner Aggression, Epidemiology

  • Elaine L. Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAPIC, FSHEA, FIDSA

    Professor Emeritus and Special Research Scientist

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Comparative Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Bioethics, Clinical Research, Nursing Research, Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Control

  • Rebecca Schnall, PhD, MPH, RN-BC, FAAN

    Mary Dickey Lindsay Associate Professor of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Assistant Dean for Research Strategy and Faculty Development

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Informatics, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: HIV Prevention, Point of Care Testing, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, mHealth, Mobile Technology, Medication Adherence