Tonda Hughes, PhD, MSN, FAAN
Professor and Interim Head
Department of Health Systems Science
UIC College of Nursing
845 South Damen Avenue (MC 802)
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Research / Discovery
Tonda Hughes is a Professor in Nursing and Director of Research for the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She is a Visiting Senior Scientist at The Fenway Institute of Fenway Community Health (Boston, MA) and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne in the Department of General Practice (Melbourne, Australia). Her research focuses on substance abuse among vulnerable populations of women. She is well known for her early research on chemically dependent nurses and is an internationally recognized expert in the area of alcohol use among lesbians. She has published extensively in the area of lesbian health, including the book Mental Health Issues for Sexual Minority Women (Haworth Press, 2003). She directs the Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women (CHLEW), a study funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1999 and the first longitudinal research to focus on lesbian health.
Teaching / Learning
Dr. Hughes teaches graduate courses in women's health and supervises master's and doctoral level students' research projects. She received the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996 and served as coordinator of the graduate mental health specialty from 1999-2002. Dr. Hughes is Affiliate Faculty for the School of Public Health, the Graduate Concentration in Research Methodology (College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs), and the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women's Health.
Service / Practice
In addition to her faculty role in the College of Nursing, Dr. Hughes is also Director of Research for the UIC Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She has served as consultant or advisory to a number of federal agencies, including the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). She is currently a member of CSAT's National Cultural Competency Network, Consensus Panel on Cultural Competency in Substance Abuse Treatment, and Consensus Panel on the Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr. Hughes consults with numerous researchers nationally and internationally.
Current Research Projects: