CER2 Fellowship Program

Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists (CER2)

Funded by an NIH-NINR T32 Institutional Training Grant, the Comparative and Cost-Effectiveness Research Training for Nurse Scientists (CER2) program provides pre and postdoctoral trainees with research support, didactic courses, networking opportunities, and financial assistance to build their scientific skills. Each fellow is matched with two faculty mentors—one within nursing and one from another field—to advise them in pursuing original health policy research and helping to prepare them for influential careers as nurse scientists and advocates.

The program builds on the complementary strengths of Columbia University School of Nursing’s faculty who have expertise in mentoring pre and postdoctoral students in CER2 methods and the robust infrastructure of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

What is CER2?

The United States health care system spends far more than any other developed country and we consistently have worse outcomes. Comparative and cost-effectiveness research generates patient centered evidence to help improve the quality of our health care system while improving efficiency and reducing health disparities. CER2 is a NINR-funded (T32NR014205) pre and postdoctoral fellowship program aimed to prepare nurse scientists in these important methods. Fellows are provided with the foundation required to recognize and address the real world information needs of patients, providers and policy makers by examining the comparative and/or cost effectiveness of competing interventions for high-risk and underserved populations across the continuum of care.

What does a CER2 fellowship offer?

  • Mentoring and research support: Fellows are matched with two faculty mentors, one within nursing and one from another field, to advise them as they pursue one or more original research projects using CER2 methods to assess competing interventions for high-risk and underserved populations across the continuum of care. For predoctoral fellows, this research project is the student’s dissertation.
  • Didactic courses in CER2 Methods: Based on the trainee's interest and expertise, didactic courses are available. Sample courses include: Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness Research (1.5 credits); Introduction to Health Economics (3 credits); Analysis of Large Scale Data Sets (1.5 credits); Decision Analysis for Clinical and Public Health (3 credits)
  • Networking: Monthly seminars provide opportunities to meet with researchers and students from different disciplines, research, and practice environments.
  • Tuition, fees, and health insurance: Up to three years of tuition and fees are provided. All trainees receive individual or family health insurance.
  • Funds for travel and research-related supplies: Fellows receive funds to travel to one scientific meeting, annually, and additional funds are available to support research activities, as needed.
  • Stipends: Fellows receive stipends consistent with NIH guidelines

Who should apply for CER2?

  • Predoctoral applications may come from any eligible student enrolled or accepted in the Columbia University School of Nursing PhD program.
  • Postdoctoral fellows must be a recent PhD graduate (within three years of defense of dissertation) from any accredited university who is also a registered nurse.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Current Predoctoral Fellows

  • Justinna Dixon, BSN, RN

    Justinna Dixon, BSN, RN has clinical experience in psychiatric and substance abuse care. Her research interests surround health disparities in individuals with mental health conditions and the nursing workforce.


  • Eleanor Turi, MPhil, BSN, RN, CCRN

    Eleanor Turi, MPhil, BSN, RN, CCRN has experience in pediatric intensive care. Her research interests include mental health services, nursing workforce, and health disparities. 

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Eunjoo An, PhD, RN

    Eunjoo An, PhD, RN is a postdoctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Elizabeth Corwin, PhD who is researching ways to improve health behaviors in adults with HTN utilizing non-pharmacological methods such as mindfulness practice.

  • Suzanne Courtwright, PhD, PNP, NEA-BC

    Suzanne Courtwright, PhD, PNP, NEA-BC is a postdoctoral research fellow and NP outcomes researcher under the mentorship of Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. Her program of research aims to investigate the effectiveness of NP-led care delivery models on reducing mental health disparities in adolescents with chronic conditions. She completed her PhD in Nursing science with a focus on healthcare systems research at the University of Colorado. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and earned her Master of Science degree at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Prior Trainees

Learn more about CER2 and begin the application process

Contact Patricia Stone, PhD at ps2024@columbia.edu