Dr. Montalvo is an Assistant Professor of Columbia University School of Nursing and former Executive Director of Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. She is a recognized national nurse leader in addressing health disparities in primary care by working with federally qualified health centers, professional trade associations, public health and federal agencies. In 2004, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, a transformative professional experience that emphasized the importance of leadership in nursing and lifelong learning. In 2011, the IOM Future of Nursing Report influenced her decision to pursue a doctoral education. In 2012, she began her PhD studies at Columbia University School of Nursing and her sponsor was Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz. She was a 2012-2014 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. In 2015, Dr. Montalvo graduated and her research focus was on leadership, organizational politics and mentoring in nursing where Jonas Scholars participated in this research. In 2013, her Jonas Leadership Project on how to develop transformational nurse leaders led her to host a meeting in New York City where she collaborated with NY, NJ and CT nursing organizations. The mentoring of emerging nurse leaders was deemed as a key strategy and an online mentoring pledge was launched. This work resulted in 177 leaders pledging to identify and mentor an emerging nurse in leadership and health policy. In 2018, Dr. Montalvo was selected as a Fellow of the prestigious New York Academy of Medicine, where a diverse set of fellows across disciplines work on critical healthcare issues, she will be joining the Nursing Section. In 2019, Dr. Montalvo was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and selected as Nurse of the Year by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Dr. Montalvo is a frequent speaker and has several peer reviewed publications. She believes nurses need to leverage social media to engage with and advocate for healthcare policy. One of her favorite quotes is by Anita Roddick “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Dissertation: leadership, mentoring; diabetes