The Academy spotlighted the following individuals during Pride Month in June 2022:Billy A. Caceres, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Caceres currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research at Columbia University. His research uses biobehavioral approaches to mitigate psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the RESTORE Study which seeks to use data science to examine associations of discrimination with sleep health and blood pressure in Black and Latino LGBTQ+ adults.
Carol J Boyd, PhD, RN, FIAAN, FAANPhD, APRN-BC, FAAN, FAANP
Dr. Boyd, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan, and Founding Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking & Health, conducts mixed-method studies to examine the relationship between gender, health, and drug, alcohol, and nicotine use. In particular, she researches prescription drug adherence and misuse among adolescents and young adults, with a particular focus on the LGBTQ+ communities, through innovative online surveys.
Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD, RN, FSAHM, FCAHS, FAAN, FCANPhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Dr. Saewyc, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar & Director, School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre. The Centre researches how stigma and trauma influence the health of marginalized young people – particularly LGBTQ+, runaway and homeless youth, Indigenous young people, and survivors of sexual abuse and trauma. Her current research evaluates intersectional population-based interventions and their impact on reducing health inequities for LGBTQ+ youth.
James L. Raper, PhD, DSN, CRNP, JD, FAANDNP, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Dr. Raper, Professor of Medicine and Nursing and Scientist for the Centers of AIDS Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has devoted his career to improving care for HIV populations. His combined background of law and research has enabled him to advocate on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients, transforming their access to care. Dr. Raper influenced the creation of an HIV nursing specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association and is currently working to develop a master’s advanced practice nursing specialty in HIV/AIDS at UAB.
Tommy Dickinson, PhD, RN, FAAN, PhD, DSN, CRNP, JD, FAANDNP, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Dr. Dickinson, Head of the Department of Mental Health Nursing, Kings College London, has prioritized the mental health of older adults throughout his career. His primary area of focus is to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in health care and education by promoting inclusive gerontological care for older LGBTQ+ adults in care homes. A proponent of advancing mental health for LGBTQ+ populations throughout his career, his PhD thesis collected oral histories of LGBTQ+ patients from 1935-1974 who received aversion therapy.
Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, PhD, RN, FAAN, PhD, DSN, CRNP, JD, FAANDNP, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Dr. Hughes, Associate Dean for Global Health and Executive Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research at Columbia University, is an internationally-renowned expert on women’s mental health and sexual minority women’s health. Her research on alcohol use among sexual minority women has grown into the longest-running longitudinal study on the topic. Dr. Hughes’ extensive research has been funded by numerous federal agencies and resulted in over 160 peer-reviewed publications.