Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson

Professor Emerita
Epidemiology and Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita of Nursing Research


Georgian Building, 617 W. 168th St. Room 246
New York 10032


Dr. Elaine L. Larson is the associate dean for research and professor of pharmaceutical and therapeutic research, Columbia University School of Nursing. She has served as a member of an NIH Study Section on HIV Infection, as the president of the Certification Board for Infection Control, as a member of nine journal editorial boards, an AHC Scholar in Academic Administration and Health Policy, and as director and trustee for the APIC Research Foundation. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Infectious Disease Society of America, New York Academy of Medicine, Institute of Medicine, and The National Academies of Practice. She has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including the Health Sciences Policy Board, Clinical Research Roundtable, and the Governing Council. She served on the President's Committee for Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, and was a chair of the CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Larson has been editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1994, and has published more than 200 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters on infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research and has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings such as Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, and Egypt.



PhD, 1981, University of Washington
MS, 1969, University of Washington
BS, 1965, University of Washington

Editorial Boards

Editor, American Journal of Infection Control

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

Other Affiliations

Fellow, Institute of Medicine
Chair, CUMC Institutional Review Board
Fellow, Infectious Disease Society of America
Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Lifetime National Associate, National Academy of Sciences

Honors & Awards

RWJ Clinical Nurse Scholar, 1981-3
Named lectureship (Elaine Larson Lectureship), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2000
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1983
Distinguished practitioners, National Academies of Practice, 1998

Areas of Expertise

Infectious Disease

Select Urban Health Activities

Home hygiene: Dr. Larson received an NIH grant to study the effects of use of antibacterial products for hand washing and home cleaning on infectious disease symptoms. There was no effect of using these products for a year on either infections or on bacterial counts on hands.
Use of antibiotics among Hispanics: Dr. Larson conducted surveys to determine the use of antibiotics and their availability in stores and bodegas.

Select Global Activities

Consultant to World Health Organization: Preparation of a global hand hygiene guideline.

Select Publications

Aiello AE, Coulborn RM, Perez V, Larson EL Effect of hand hygiene on infectious disease risk in the community setting: A meta-analysis Am J Public Health 98 1372-1381 2008
Pogorzelska M, Larson EL Assessment of attitudes of intensive care staff toward clinical practice guidelines Dimen Crit Care Nurs 27 30-38 2008
Haas JP, Larson EL Impact of wearable alcohol gel dispensers on hand hygiene in an emergency department Acad Emerg Med 15 393-396 2008
Gebbie KM, Meier BM, Bakken S, Carrasquillo O, Formicola A, Aboelela SW, Glied S, Larson E Training for interdisciplinary health research: defining the required competencies J Allied Health 37 65-70 2008
Larson EL, Lin SX, Gomez-Pichardo C, Della-Latta P Effect of antibacterial home cleaning and handwashing products on infectious disease symptoms Ann Intern med 140 321-329 2004
Larson E, Grullon-Figueroa L, Availability of antibiotics in New York City with prescription J Urban Health 81 498-504 2004
Cimiotti JP, Stone PW, Larson EL A cost comparison of hand hygiene regimens Nurs Econ 22 196-199 2004
Larson EL, Lin SX, Gomez-Pichardo C Predictors of infectious disease symptoms in inner city households. Nurs Research 53 190-197 2004
Larson E, Bratts T, Zwanziger J, Stone P A survey of IRB process in U.S. hospitals J Nurs Scholarship 36 260-264 2004
Larson EL, Ciliberti T, Chantler C, Abraham J, Lazaro E, Venturanza M, Pancholi P Comparison of traditional and disposable bed baths in critically ill patients. Am J Crit Care 13 235-241 2004
Cimiotti JP, Wu F, Della-Latta P, Nesin M, Larson E, Emergence of resistant staphylococci on the hands of new graduate nurses Infec Contr Hosp Epidemiol 25 431-435 2004
Larson EL, Ferng Y, Wong-McLoughlin J, Wang S Retention and protocol adherence of Hispanic volunteers in a longitudinal trial. Am J Health Behav 33 434-444 2009
Larson EL, Cohn EG, Meyer DD, Boden-Albala B Consent administrator training to reduce disparities in research participation. J Nurs Scholarship 41 95-103 2009
Larson EL, Ferng Y, Wong J, Alvarez Cid M, Barrett A, Gonzalez MJ, Wang S, Morse SM Knowledge and misconceptions regarding upper respiratory infection and influenza among urban Hispanic households: Need for targeted messaging J Immigrant Minority Health 11 71-82 2009

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