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


  • 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

    Hear Dr. Jackman speak about his work with LGBTQ patients

  • Cindy Veldhuis, PhD

    • Associate Research Scientist

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

    Learn more about Cindy Veldhuis' research

  • Jeremy D. Kidd, MD, MPH

    • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

    Research Areas of Focus: Clinical Research, Culturally Adapted Psychosocial Interventions, Alcohol Use, Opioid Use, Transgender Health, Medical Education 

    Photograph of Dr. Jeremy Kidd
  • Ronica Mukerjee, DNP, FNP-BC, MsA, LAc, PMHNP(c), AAHIVS

    • Assistant Professor

    Research and Clinical Areas of Focus: border-police-prison abolition; racial, economic, and health care justice in LGBTQIA+, refugee, and migrant communities, for people with substance use disorders, and for people living with HIV.

    Photograph of Ronica Mukerjee, DNP
  • Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD

    • Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology (in Nursing)

    Research Areas of Focus: Understanding and reducing health disparities in children and adolescents

    Photograph of Jean-Marie Bruzzese, PhD



  • Lauren Porsch, PhD, MPH

    • Project Director
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