Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Professor, Department of Health Systems Science
  • Associate Dean, Global Health
Bio

Tonda Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science department and Associate Dean for Global Health in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Nursing. She is Affiliate Professor in the School of Public Health and Director of Research for the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Hughes is an internationally renowned researcher with nearly 25 years of funded research on women’s mental health and substance use (totaling more than $8 million). Her longitudinal study on risk and protective factors for heavy drinking and drinking-related problems among sexual minority women has been funded since 1999 by the National Institutes of Health. She is co-director of the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, Visiting Senior Scientist at Fenway Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, and Honorary Professorial Fellow/Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Hughes serves, or has served, as consultant to numerous U.S. federal agencies and institutes and to researchers in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Her publications include four edited books and journals and more than 100 scholarly papers. Her earliest book, Addiction in the Nursing Profession (Springer Publishing), won the 1989 American Journal of Nursing Book of the year award. She serves on the editorial board of several national and international journals and is a regular reviewer for more than dozen others. Her research and scholarly work has been recognized by numerous honors and awards including induction into the American Academy of Nursing in 2001.

Current Area of Teaching

Dr. Hughes supervises master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students and fellows. Prior to assuming her previous administrative role as Head of the Department Health Systems Science, she taught graduate core courses in the UIC Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Concentration. She is currently co-investigator/co-director of the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) (PI: S. Geller, Co-Investigator/Co-Director: T. Hughes). NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, K12 HD055892-06, 2007-2017.

Selected Honors & Awards
  • Inducted into University of Kentucky College of Nursing Hall of Fame, 2011
  • One of 50 outstanding alumni in the past 50 years, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 2010
  • Nurse Leader Award, Sigma Theta Tau (Alpha Lambda Chapter), 2009
  • Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association, OPAL Award, 2006
  • Community Leadership Award, Chicago Lesbian Community Cancer Project, 2003
  • Inducted into Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, 2003
  • Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Alpha Lambda Chapter), 2002
  • Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, 2001 
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, National Nurses’ Society on Addictions, 1998
  • Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, UIC, 1996
  • Outstanding Alumnus, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 1995
  • Teaching Award (Substance Abuse Curriculum), UIC, HIGH 5 Project (funded by FIPSE), 1992
  • Outstanding Researcher Award, Illinois Nurses’ Society on Addictions, 1991
  • Outstanding PhD Graduate (Dean’s Award), UIC, College of Nursing, 1989
  • American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, for Addiction in the Nursing Profession, New York; Springer, 1989
  • Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 1981
Selected Publications
  • Matthews, A.K., Young, C., Hughes, T.L., Wilsnack, S.C., & Johnson, T.P. (in press). The influence of childhood physical abuse on adult health status in sexual minority women:  The mediating role of smoking. Women’s Health Issues.
  • Johnson, T.P., Hughes, T.L., Cho, Y., Wilsnack, S.C., Aranda, F., & Szalacha, L.  (in press). Hazardous drinking, depression and anxiety among sexual minority women: Self medication or impaired functioning?  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
  • Drabble, L., Trocki, K., Hughes, T.L., Korcha, R., Lown, A. (in press). Sexual orientation difference in the relationships between victimization and hazardous drinking among women in the National Alcohol Survey. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Bostwick, W. B., Hughes, T.L., Boyd, C., McCabe, S.E., & West, B. (in press). Discrimination and mental health among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in the United States. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
  • Alvy, L., Hughes, T.L., Wilsnack, S.C., & Kristjanson, A.F.  (in press). Sexual identity group differences in child abuse and neglect. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Wilsnack, S.C., Kristjanson, A.F., Hughes, T.L., & Benson, P.W. (2012). Characteristics of childhood sexual abuse in lesbians and heterosexual women. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(3), 260-265.
  • McCabe, S.E., West, B., Hughes, T.L., Boyd, C. (2012 Mar 21, [Epub ahead of print]). Sexual orientation and substance abuse treatment utilization in the United States: Results from a national survey. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2012.01.007.
  • McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Bostwick, W.B. & Morales, M., & Boyd, C. (2011). Measurement of sexual identity in surveys: Implications for substance abuse research. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 649-657.
  • Hughes, T.L. (2011). Alcohol use patterns and problems among sexual minority women. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 29, 203-435.
  • Bloomfield, K., Wicki, M., Wilsnack, S.C., Hughes, T.L., & Geml, G. (2011).  International differences in alcohol use according to sexual orientation. Substance Abuse, 32, 210-219.     
  • McNair, R. P., Szalacha, L.A., & Hughes, T.L. (2011). Health status, health services use, and satisfaction according to sexual identity of young Australian women. Women’s Health Issues, 21, 40-47.
  • Hughes, T.L., McCabe, S.E., Wilsnack, S.C., Boyd, C., & West, B.T. (2010). Victimization and substance use disorders in a national sample of heterosexual and sexual minority women and men. Addiction, 105, 2130-2140.
  • Hughes, T.L., Szalacha, L.A. & McNair, R.P.  (2010). Substance use and mental health disparities: Comparisons across sexual identity groups in a national sample of young Australian women. Social Science & Medicine, 71, 824-831.
  • Hughes, T.L., Szalacha, L.A., Johnson, T.P., Kinnison, K., Wilsnack, S.C., & Young, C. (2010).  Sexual victimization and hazardous drinking among heterosexual and sexual minority women.  Addictive Behaviors ,  35, 1152-1156.
  • McCabe, S.E., Bostwick, W.B., Hughes, T.L., West, B.T., & Boyd, C.J. (2010). The relationship between discrimination and substance use disorders among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1946-1952.
  • Bostwick, W.B., Boyd, C.J., Hughes, T.L., & McCabe, S.E. (2010). Dimensions of sexual orientation and the prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 468-475.
  • McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Bostwick, W.B., West, B.T., & Boyd, C.J. (2009). Sexual orientation, substance use behaviors and substance dependence in the United States. Addiction, 14, 1222-1345.
  • Wilsnack, S.C., Hughes, T.L., Johnson, T.P., Bostwick, W.B., Szalacha, L.A., Benson, P., Aranda, F., & Kinnison, K.E.  (2008). Drinking and drinking-related problems among heterosexual and sexual minority women. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 69, 129-139.
  • Hughes, T.L., Johnson, T.P., & Matthews, A. (2008). Sexual orientation and smoking: Results from the Multi-site Women’s Health Study. Substance Use & Misuse, 43(8-9), 1218-1239.
  • Hughes, T.L., Johnson, T., Wilsnack, S., & Szalacha, L.  (2007). Childhood risk factors for alcohol abuse and psychological distress in adult lesbians. Child Abuse & Neglect, 31(7). 769-789.
  • Hughes, T.L., Wilsnack, S.C., Szalacha, L.A., Johnson, T., Bostwick, W.B., Seymour, R., Aranda, F., Benson, P., & Kinnison, K.E.  (2006). Age and Race/Ethnic Differences in Drinking and Drinking-Related Problems in a Community Sample of lesbians. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67, 579-590.
  • McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Bostwick, W. & Boyd, C.  (2005). Assessment of differences in dimensions of sexual orientation: Implications for substance use research in a college-age population. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 620-629.
  • Hughes, T.L.  (2005). Alcohol use and alcohol-related problems in lesbians and gay men. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 23, 283-325.
  • Parks, C., Hughes, T.L., Matthews, A.K.  (2004). Race/ethnicity and sexual orientation: Intersecting identities. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10(3), 241-254.
  • McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., & Boyd, C.  (2004). Alcohol and other drug use and misuse: Are bisexual women at greater risk? Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 36(2), 217-225.
  • Matthews, A., Hughes, T. L., Razzano, L., Johnson, T., & Cassidy, R.  (2002). Prediction of depressive distress in a community sample of women: The role of sexual orientation. American Journal of Public Health, 92(7), 1131-1139.
  • Hughes, T.L., & Eliason, M. (2002).  Substance use and abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 22(3), 263-298.
Current Research

Examining the relationships between hazardous drinking and depression and anxiety in lesbian, bisexual and same-sex attracted women: Culture, motivation and behavior (PI: R. McNair, University of Melbourne, Australia, Co-I: T. Hughes). Beyond Blue: Victoria Centre of Excellence in Depression, Anxiety and Related Disorders. 2011-2013

Cancer rates and risk factors among lesbian and bisexual women (PI: R. Brown, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, Co-I: T. Hughes). Lesbian Health Fund of the National Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and Deakin University (Australia) Faculty Research Development Grant. 2011-.

Young sexual minority women and high risk drinking (PI: D. Kaysen, University of Washington, Co-I: T. Hughes). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01AA018292. 2010-2015.

Cumulative stress and hazardous drinking in a community sample of lesbians (PI: T. Hughes). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01AA013328-5. 2009-2014

Cumulative stress and hazardous drinking in a community sample of lesbians. Administrative supplement to add bisexual women to the study (PI: T. Hughes). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01AA013328-6S1. 2010-2014.

Cumulative stress and hazardous drinking in a community sample of lesbians. Diversity supplement for postdoctoral research training (F. Aranda, MPH, PhD, PI: T. Hughes). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01 AA013328-6S2. 2010-2013.