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Judith Aponte, PhD, RN, CDCES, CCM, PHNA-BC, FAAN


Associate Professor

Coordinator, Community/Public Health Nursing specialization


Tel: 212-481-7568

Office: Brookdale Campus, W430


Dr. Judith Aponte is a bilingual Hispanic nurse, educator, researcher and speaker. She is a tenured associate professor at the School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research focus is on Hispanics with diabetes. She examines diabetes and diabetes-related issues affecting Hispanics subgroups, and compares the different subgroups. She involves Hispanic nurses and nursing studies on her research team, presents with them on research findings, and includes them on publications emerging from the research. She is the editor-in-chief of the Hispanic Health Care International, the official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses; member of the Council of Business Advisor’s of NAHN, fellow at the Academy of Medicine, sub-committee member for the American Diabetes Association, and 1st Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Board of Metropolitan Hospital Center. She was the first Hispanic to graduate from Columbia University’s School of Nursing PhD program.

Dr. Aponte has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and has received funding to examine disparities and understand differences among Hispanic subgroups, in order to develop targeted interventions that promote optimum health and minimize complications. Dr. Aponte’s dedication and commitment to her students, Hispanics and people with diabetes is evident by her involvement in teaching patients as well as nursing students about diabetes, going beyond the walls of the classroom by educating, mentoring and involving them in events related to diabetes.



PhD, Nursing, Columbia University, 2004

MS, Nursing Administration, Hunter College, CUNY, 1998

BS, Nursing, Hunter College, CUNY, 1994

AA, Liberal Arts, New York City Technical College, 1991


Honors and Awards

2016: Nurse Leader of the Year Award, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, NY Chapter

2016: Moving from Associate to Full Professor Award, CUNY, for research and scholarly work

2016: 2016 Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Award, International Academy of Nursing Editors (INANE)

2016: 12th Annual Marjorie Matthews Community Advocate Recognition Award, for leadership and community advocacy

2016: Honors recognition reception by the CUNY Chancellor, for academic and scholarly accomplishments

2015: Shuster Award, Hunter College, for research and scholarly writing ($919)

2014: Awardee and Finalist of 2014 NY/NJ Nursing Excellence in Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) award, in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession, sponsored by and Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.

2013-2015: Amounts of six awards ranging from $674 to $3,103

2012: Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)

2011: “Salute to Scholars” Award, CUNY, for scholarly activities

2007: William Stewart Travel Award, CUNY, for dissemination of scholarly activities ($500)

2006: Winner of the cover photo contest for the MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health December 2006 issue

2005: Presidential Travel Award, Hunter College, for scholarly activities

1998: Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Phi Chapter


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