April J. Ancheta is a first-year PhD student at Columbia University. April’s current research focus is LGBTQ health disparities, specifically healthcare needs across the lifespan and promotion of healthy behaviors. April plans to become part of The Program for the Study of LGBT Health at Columbia. She also has previous experience conducting research on high energy drinks. Clinically, April has been working as a staff nurse for two years on various medical-surgical and surgical stepdown floors. She currently works at two major health systems in New York City on thoracic/vascular and spine stepdown units. As an RN, April has served on research and professional development councils, helped found the Novice Nurse Committee at a previous institution, and was a Unit Magnet Champion. April received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with honors with a minor in Spanish. She is an active member of the Alpha Tau chapter of Sigma Honor Society of Nursing. During her undergraduate career, April was president of the Rutgers Student Nurses’ Association, vice president of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc., and was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity. April also received a unique teaching experience through the Rutgers First-year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) program through which she taught, designed, and developed her own semester-long curriculum for the course titled Exploring Nursing. April seeks to combine her passions of research and teaching to help educate and influence the LGBTQ and LGBTQ healthcare provider populations.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Chronic Health
Dissertation: Anticipated Dissertation: Health of Sexual Minority Women Across the Lifespan