Billy Caceres

Billy A. Caceres, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN is an Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing and the Program for the Study of LGBT Health at Columbia University. Dr. Caceres completed his PhD at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University in 2017. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Columbia University School of Nursing he completed training in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, behavioral cardiovascular health, and LGBTQ+ health. His program of research uses biobehavioral approaches to identify and intervene on psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular disease in marginalized populations across the lifespan.

He is currently the Principal Investigator of several studies to understand the influence of adverse life experiences on cardiovascular disease risk in marginalized adults. In July 2019, Dr. Caceres began a career development award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to launch the Cardiovascular Health and Life Experiences of Sisters study, which examines the associations of sexual identity, adverse life experiences, and cardiovascular health in sexual minority (lesbian and bisexual) women and their heterosexual sisters. Dr. Caceres recently completed a pilot study from the PriSSM Center at the Columbia University School of Nursing that examined the associations of adverse life experiences with cardiovascular health in Latina women.

Dr. Caceres is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Nursing, and New York Academy of Medicine. In 2020 he was the recipient of the National Institutes of Health's Sexual and Gender Minority Early-Stage Investigator Award.

Research Interests

Adverse childhood experiences
Health inequities
Immigrant health
LGBT populations
Long reach of childhood or childhood origins of adult health
Social determinants
Other: Cardiovascular health; Sleep


Add Health (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health)
Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Other: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; National health and Nutrition Examination Survey; Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System