High Risk, Underserved, and Vulnerable Populations

Much of the research conducted by Columbia University School of Nursing is focused on understanding the biological and psychosocial risk factors that underlie the adverse health outcomes disproportionately experienced by high risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations. These include individuals who experience greater risk factors for poor health outcomes due to their racial or ethnic status or sexual preferences . Also vulnerable are children, the elderly, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured individuals, or those with certain medical conditions. In many societies, females also experienced poorer or more tardy care for the same diseases as men. High-risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations also often experience chronic and co-occurring conditions and health care issues exacerbated by social factors. They frequently have worse access to care and experience and increased morbidity and mortality compared with the general population. Not only are our researchers dedicated to improving the quality of life of such high risk, underserved, and vulnerable populations, but Columbia Nursing is geographically positioned to maximize the impact of its research on local populations such as the Latino residents of the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods of northern Manhattan.

Researchers

  • Adriana Arcia, PhD, RN

    Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUIMC

    Research Approaches: Informatics, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Information Visualization, Tailored Infographics, Patient Education, Health Literacy, Consumer Health Informatics, Participatory Design, Asthma, Dementia

  • 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

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  • Laura Elizabeth Britton, PhD, RN

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Informatics, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Racial/Ethnic Inequities and Disparities, Chronic Illness, Diabetes, Hypertension, Family Planning, Contraception, Preconception Care, Sexual/Reproductive Health

  • Walter O. Bockting, PhD

    Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing) and Co-Director, Program for the Study of LBGT Health

    Research Approaches: Health Services and Policy, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Sexual and Gender Minority Populations, Gender Identity Development, Sexuality

  • 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

  • Kenrick Cato, BA, BSN, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Dissemination and Implementation, Informatics
    Research Interests: Sexual and Gender Minority Populations, Infection Control, Social Determinants of Health

  • Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, BSN, MSN

    Vice Dean for Strategy and Innovation in Research

    Research Approaches: Interdisciplinary, Precision Health, Symptom Science, Omics
    Research Interests: Maternal-Child Health, Health Disparities, Multiple Chronic Conditions, Intersectionality, Preterm Birth, Microbiome, Metabolomics, Symptoms

  • Jennifer Dohrn, DNP, CNM, FAAN

    Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean, Office of Global Initiatives

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Health Services and Policy, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Migrant Health, Pandemic Response, Global Health Equity

  • Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Interdisciplinary, Translational
    Research Interests: Adherence, Chronic Disease, Shared Decision-Making, Motivational Interviewing, Community-Based Participatory Research, Qualitative, Behavioral Interventions, Pragmatic Trials

  • Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, MSN, BSN

    Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing and 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

  • Haomiao Jia, PhD

    Professor of Biostatistics (in Nursing) at CUIMC

    Research Approaches: Comparative Effectiveness, Economic Analysis, Health Services and Policy
    Research Interests: Elderly, Suicide, Disability, Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health, Cost-Utility Analysis, Quality-Adjusted Survival Time, Survival Analysis

  • Ana Maria Kelly, PhD, BSN

    Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUIMC

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: HIV, Tuberculosis, Prison, Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC), Education

  • 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

  • Arlene Smaldone, PhD, CPNP, CDE

    Professor of Nursing and Dental Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Dean of Scholarship and Research

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Chronic Illness, Medication Adherence, Adolescents, Health-Related Quality of Life, Barriers to Adherence, Youth-Parent Dyads, Community Health Workers

  • Patricia W. Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

    Centennial Professor of Health Policy

    Research Approaches: Comparative Effectiveness, Health Services and Policy, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Infection Control, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Nursing Homes, Infection Management, End-of-Life, Community Settings

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  • Maxim (Max) Topaz, PhD, RN, MA

    Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Informatics, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Information Technology, Home Care, Patient Prioritization

  • Cindy Veldhuis, PhD

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Research Approaches: Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Sexual Minority Women, Relationships, Hazardous Drinking, Intersectionality, Mixed-Methods, Psychological Mechanisms, LGBTQ+ Health, Trauma, Violence