Our Team

Executive Director

  • Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing (in Psychiatry); Associate Dean of Global Health

    Research Areas of Focus: Sexual Minority Women’s Health, Alcohol Use/Abuse, Violence and Victimization

Co-Director

  • Walter Bockting, PhD

    Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Nursing)

    Research Areas of Focus: Identity Development Across the Lifespan, Transgender Health, SGM Aging

Core Members

  • Billy Caceres, PhD, RN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN

    Assistant Professor

    Research Areas of Focus: Psychosocial Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in SGM Populations Across the Lifespan

  • Kasey Jackman, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC

    Assistant Professor

    Research Areas of Focus: Prevention and Treatment of Mental Health Disparities Among SGM People

  • Cindy Veldhuis, PhD

    Associate Research Scientist

    Research Areas of Focus: Role of Intimate Relationships in Sexual Minority Women’s Alcohol Use

Fellows

  • April Ancheta, MPhil, RN, BSN

    PhD Student

    Research Areas of Focus: SGM Adolescent Health, Bullying and Obesity-Related Health Disparities

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  • Joseph Belloir, MSC, PMHNP-BC

    PhD Student

    Research Areas of Focus: SGM Mental Health, Relationship Between Traumatic/Adverse Experiences and Sleep Disturbances in Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals

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  • Lauren Bochicchio, MSW, PhD

    Postdoctoral Research Scientist

    Research Areas of Focus: Mechanisms Linking Childhood Sexual Abuse and Hazardous Drinking Among Sexual Minority

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  • Yashika Sharma, RN, MSN

    PhD Student

    Research Areas of Focus: Impact of Minority Stress on Substance Use and Mental Health of SGM People

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  • Kodiak Soled, RN, MSN

    PhD Student

    Research Areas of Focus: Social Support Experiences Among SGM+ Childbearing Individuals

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  • Sarah Zollweg, BA, RN, BSN

    PhD Student

    Research Areas of Focus: Structural Influences on Sexual Minority Women’s Substance Use and Mental Health

Support Staff

  • Lauren Porsch, PhD, MPH

    Project Manager

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