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.


  • Lauren A. Bochicchio, PhD

    • Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the School of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Comparative Effectiveness, Dissemination and Implementation

    Research Interests: Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Hazardous Drinking 

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  • Walter Bockting, PhD, LP

    • Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing)

    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 Caceres, PhD, MSN, BSN, BA, FAAN, FAHA

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing

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

  • Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN

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

    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, MPhil, MS, BS, BA, PMHNP-BC

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUMC

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

  • Corina Lelutiu-Weinberger, PhD, MPhil, BA

    • Associate Professor of Health Sciences Research (in Nursing)

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Interdisciplinary, Translational

    Research Interests: Racial, Ethnic, Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity; Stigma and Discrimination; Mental Health; Substance and Alcohol Use; HIV/AIDS Continuum of Prevention and Care; Global Health; Multi-Level Intervention Research; Mobile Health Technologies

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  • Phoenix A Matthews, PhD, MS, BS, LCP

    • Professor of Behavioral Sciences (in Nursing)

    Research Approaches: Quantitative, Quantitative, Mixed Methods, Intervention Development

    Research Interests: Health Inequities, Cancer Prevention and Control, Tobacco Cessation, Sexual and Gender Minority Health, Racial and Ethnic Minorities,  Culturally Targeted Health Promotion Interventions

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