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Tonda L. Hughes


Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing,
Professor of Nursing (in Psychiatry) and Associate Dean Global Health, and Executive Director, Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research

Columbia University Medical Center

Tonda L. Hughes, RN, PhD, FAAN is the Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing, and Associate Dean for Global Health in the School of Nursing at Columbia University. She is also Executive Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research in the School of Nursing and has an interdisciplinary appointment as Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Columbia University. Dr. Hughes is Professor Emerita in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds or has held honorary or visiting professorships in England (Oxford Brookes University), Australia (University of Melbourne, Deakin University, University of Technology-Sydney) and the U.S. (University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University). She has a distinguished research career focusing on women’s mental health and substance use and is recognized internationally as a leading expert on sexual minority health.  Her pioneering studies on alcohol use among lesbian and bisexual women have received nearly continuous funding since 1999 from the National Institutes of Health. Notably, she is Principal Investigator of the 21-year longitudinal study: the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW) study, the longest running study of sexual minority women’s health in the U.S. or elsewhere. She has served as co-investigator on numerous other funded studies with multidisciplinary researchers from major U.S. and Australian institutions, including the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. 

Dr. Hughes’ work has been widely disseminated in more than 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly papers—as well as scores of scientific paper presentations, workshops and invited addresses at national and international research conferences and other venues. She serves or has served as consultant to many U.S. Federal agencies and institutes such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Mental Health, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and to researchers in the U.S., Canada, Chile, India, Thailand, South Africa, South Korea, Rwanda, Malawi, Australia and New Zealand. 

Dr. Hughes was the elected chair of the Academy’s LGBTQ Expert Panel (2012-2015). She organized and led the first National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit in November 2019 and continues to advocate for greater attention to sexual and gender minority health within nursing and other health professions.