PhD Program

Columbia University School Of Nursing Ph.D. Program

Our program offers a Ph.D. program in Nursing Science with a focus on LGBT health. The Columbia University School of Nursing PhD program is a full-time, research-intensive curriculum that prepares nurse scientists to conduct research in clinical outcomes and health policy, both independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams.

Doctoral Students

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Kodiak Soled, MSN

Kodiak Soled is a Ph.D. nursing student at Columbia University, a Jonas-Blaustein Scholar, and the 2018-2019 Health Professionals in Training Co-Chair on the executive board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Soled earned her Bachelors of Arts in International and Intercultural Studies at Pitzer College and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University. During this time, she served as on the executive board of Out for Business. This team received the 2018 Diversity Recognition Award for outstanding contributions and demonstrable efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion at Johns Hopkins University.

Soled's research interest includes perinatal health disparities in sexual and gender minorities. Most recently, she worked under the direction of Tonia Poteat, Ph.D. to understand provider knowledge gaps of transgender health. She is currently working with Walter Bockting, Ph.D. to understand family building desires and experiences in transgender and gender non-conforming people. She is particularly passionate about using feminist theory to challenge normative discourses that privilege heternormativity in research and clinical practice. Soled seeks to build a foundation of research that makes sexual and gender minorities health disparities visible and promotes health equity for individuals and families in this community.

Doctoral of Nursing Practice (DNP) Students


Ian Chiu, RN

Ian is a Doctoral of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at the Columbia University School of Nursing, specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ian has previously worked on a medical-surgical step down unit caring for post-operative patients including individuals who had gender-affirming surgery. He has a strong passion for working with the LGBTQ community and his primary research focus is related to the coming out stories of transgender individuals of different cultural backgrounds and on the development of resilience.