LGBTQ Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health research traditionally has been approached from a biomedical framework that emphasizes health risks and deficits and focuses on individual-level determinants of health. Researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing are working to expand theoretical frameworks and perspectives on LGBTQ health and broaden the focus of research to include social determinants of health—the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Our research focuses on LGBTQ people across the life span, and employs innovative longitudinal, dyadic, and sibling-comparison designs. We strive to identify very specifically what the research barriers are and what the priorities should be, to conduct research that can inform practice, and to use this research to enhance the well-being, health, and health care of the people for whom we care.


  • Walter O. Bockting, PhD

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kasey B. Jackman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

    • Assistant Professor

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Informatics, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Sexual and Gender Minority Populations, Mental Health, Health Disparities

  • 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