The future of health care will include increasing emphasis on prevention—measures taken to prevent disease. Disease prevention relies on anticipatory actions that can be taken prior to the onset of an adverse health condition. As an area of research focus, prevention spans all diseases and conditions, populations, and phases of life and is designed to prevent or reduce harmful exposures, disease onset, or disease progression. Prevention research, which can be either primary or secondary in nature, includes studies that identify and assess risk and protective factors; screen and identify individuals and groups at risk; develop and evaluate interventions to reduce risk; and translate, implement, and disseminate effective preventive interventions into practice. Columbia University School of Nursing researchers who specialize in prevention research contribute substantially to improving public health both in the United States and internationally by working to increase the delivery of protective health mechanisms (e.g., regular health check-ups, vaccinations, and screenings) and thus reducing future risks for adverse health outcomes.


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

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Comparative Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Cardiovascular Health, Social Determinants of Health, Behavioral Medicine

  • Lorraine Frazier, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN, FAHA

    • Dean of Columbia Nursing and Mary O'Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Precision Health
    Research Interests: Genetics, Determining Phenotypes, Prediction, Heart Disease, Depression, Stress

    Headshot of Dean Lorraine Frazier wearing bright pink blazer.
  • Amanda Hessels, PhD, MPH, RN, CIC, CPHQ, FAPIC

    • Assistant Professor of Nursing and Nurse Scientist, Hackensack Meridian Health

    Research Approaches: Dissemination and Implementation, Health Services and Policy, Translational

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

    • Professor Emeritus and Special Research Scientist

    Research Approaches: Clinical, Comparative Effectiveness, Interdisciplinary
    Research Interests: Infection Prevention and Control, Epidemiology, Patient Safety, Antimicrobial Resistance