Columbia University School of Nursing - PhD Program
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PhD Program

Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Centennial Professor in Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Director of the PhD Program.  Dr. Stone is a leading nurse health services researcher and her research examines the impact of organizational factors and various processes (such as nurse staffing characteristics and work environment) on clinical patient safety outcomes (such as healthcare-associated infections), employee outcomes (such as occupational injury), and system outcomes (such as costs and efficiency).  Dr. Stone has conducted many multi-site studies examining these relationships and is currently the principal- or co-investigator on several federally funded and foundation supported grants in these areas.  She has published over 125 peer reviewed manuscripts and her work has been cited in major publications including important reports written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health and Human Services. Dr. Stone has chaired two technical advisory panels related to quality outcome measurement for the National Quality Forum and has served on many other important national committees (e.g., member of the technical advisory committee for the CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, American Nurses Association nursing economics committee and the Association for Prevention and Infection Control research advisory board). In recognition for her expertise, Dr. Stone has been elected into the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. She was also awarded the New York State Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award

Mary O’Neil Mundinger, DrPH, FAAN is Dean Emerita at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Mundinger received a DrPH in health policy from Columbia University School of Public Health. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Mundinger is actively involved in health policy at national and international levels, having served on the IOM Council on Health Care Technology, the IOM Committee on Clinical Evaluation, and The Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Board. In 1993, Dr. Mundinger was one of 40 providers appointed to the Health Professional Review Group to review the plan for national health care reform. She was the lead author of "Primary Care Outcomes in Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians," which appeared in the January 5, 2000 issue of JAMA. Dr. Mundinger has led the School of Nursing since 1986.

Suzanne Bakken, DNSc, FAAN is Professor of Nursing and of Medical Informatics and an internationally recognized expert in informatics. Following doctoral studies in nursing science, she completed a National Library of Medicine funded postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics at Stanford University. She is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and serves on the American Nurses Association Committee on Nursing Practice Information Infrastructure and on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association. She is active in national and international standards development efforts including SNOMED Clinical Terms, Health Level 7, and Clinical LOINC Committee. Principal Investigator or Co-PI of studies funded by NIH, the focus of her research is the development of an informatics infrastructure evidence based

Mary Woods Byrne, CPNP, MPH, PhD is Professor of Nursing and Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fish Professor in Clinical Health Care for the Underserved. She received a doctorate in nursing from Adelphi University. Her expertise is in the area of high-risk childbearing families and her federally funded program of research concerns assessment and early intervention related to risk factors affecting the health of vulnerable infants and young children. She is a former Visiting Professor at the Gotenborg University in Sweden as part of the School’s designation as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center. Dr. Byrne is currently testing a model and several innovative interventions designed to enhance parenting and parent-infant interaction. Dr. Byrne shares her work through an interview with the Columbia Record.

Judy Honig, EdD, CPNP is Associate Dean for Student Services and Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing. She received a doctorate from Teachers College and maintains an academic faculty practice in an active, urban, community-based pediatric practice where she is the primary care provider for a panel of infants and children. Dr. Honig is interested in the provision of pediatric primary care for the urban child. Her research foci are the measurement of child health status, predictors of risk taking and depression in children, and self-efficacy in the inner city environment. Her research is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Haomiao Jia, PhD, MS, is Assistant Professor of Clinical biostatistics. He specializes in biostatistics and study designs. Dr. Jia is also a faculty member at Department of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Jia earned a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University. His researches include sampling survey methods, small area estimation, temporal-spatial analysis of diseases, time series analysis, health-related quality-of-life, obesity, and cost utility analyses.

Elaine Larson, PhD, FAAN, CIC is Professor of Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Research. She earned master’s degrees in nursing and in microbiology and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She is known internationally for her outstanding research and scholarship regarding infection control, particularly the role of hand washing in the spread of nonsocomial infection, and behavioral and organizational interventions to increase handwashing by health professionals. She has published widely, having authored over 200 publications addressing infection control, research methodology, and health policy. She has been an active participant in the health and health sciences policy arena, having served on many committees and the Governing Board of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Larson is the former M. Adelaide Nutting Chair in Clinical Nursing at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the former Dean of Georgetown School of Nursing.

Nancy Reame, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Mary Dickey Lindsay Professor of Nursing is the Director of the Training Nurse Scientists in Interdisciplinary Research (TRANSIT) initiative, and leads the Pilot Studies Resource of the CUMC Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Her current program of research is focused on the neuroendocrine mechanisms of fertility and menopause with the aim of clarifying factors mediating symptom distress. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Reame is an active women's health advocate, past member of the advisory committee to the NIH Women's Health Initiative, and is a longstanding contributor to the the Boston Women's Health Book Collective's "Our Bodies, Ourselves". She is a past member of the Board of Trustees and founding Research Chair for the North American Menopause Society and is NAMS certified as a menopause clinician.

Jan SmolowitzJanice Smolowitz, EdD, CS, ANP, CDE is Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing. She specializes in continuous quality improvement and in the care of patients with diabetes, hypertension, and gait disorders. Dr. Smolowitz earned a doctorate in applied physiology from Teachers College. Her research has included a survey of nursing research activities in New York State and several studies related to the management of diabetes and blood pressure in ethnic minority populations.

Arlene Smaldone, DNSc, CPNP, CDE is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and a graduate of the doctor of nursing science program at the Columbia University School of Nursing. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral research at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Smaldone's research focus is children with diabetes, specifically identification of risk factors associated with diabetic ketoacidosis and severe psychiatric comorbidity requiring hospitalization among children with diabetes, innovative diabetes education approaches to improve adolescent diabetes problem solving behaviors, and access to care for children with chronic health conditions.

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