About

Ethan Cicero, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Prior to joining Emory in August 2020, Dr. Cicero completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science Program at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. He earned a PhD from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2018 and a BS in Nursing with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Dr. Cicero’s research centers on the health and well-being of transgender and gender nonbinary communities, with a particular interest in methods used for transgender health.

Areas of Expertise

Health Disparities

Methods

Public Health/Public Health Nursing

Symptom Science

Vulnerable Populations

Publications

De Santis, J. P., Cintulova, M., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Rodriguez, A. E., & Cicero, E. C. (2020). Transgender women's satisfaction with healthcare services: A mixed-methods pilot study. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppc.12514

Cicero, E. C., Reisner, S.L., Merwin E., Humphreys, J.C., & Silva, S. G. (2020). The health status of transgender and gender nonbinary adults in the United States. PLOS ONE 15(2): e0228765. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228765

Cicero, E. C., Reisner, S. L., Merwin, E. I., Humphreys, J. C., & Silva, S. G. (2020, Published ahead of print). Application of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System sampling weights to transgender health measurement. Nursing Research. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000428.

Alpert, A., & Cicero, E. (2020). Removing barriers to health care for transgender people with and without cancer. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, 13, 100468. doi.org/10.1016/j.jemep.2020.100468

Bell, L.M., Brennan-Cook, J., Sisson, J., Steigerwald, M., Cook, C., Cicero, E. C., Cary, M.P. (2019) Learning about culturally humble care of sexual and gender minority patients. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. 14(3), 216-218. doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2019.04.006

Cicero, E. C., Reisner, S. L., Silva, S. G., Merwin, E. I., & Humphreys, J. C. (2019). Health care experiences of transgender adults: An integrated mixed research literature review. Advances in Nursing Science. doi:10.1097/ans.0000000000000256. PMID: 30839332

Muckler, V. C., Leonard, R., & Cicero, E. C. (2019). Transgender simulation scenario pilot project. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 26, 44-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2018.10.007Cicero, E. C., & Wesp, L. M. (2017). Supporting the health and well-being of transgender students. The Journal of School Nursing, 33(2), 95-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840516689705. PMID: 28103750 [Featured article]

Cicero, E. C., & Wesp, L. M. (2017). Supporting the health and well-being of transgender students. The Journal of School Nursing, 33(2), 95-108. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840516689705. PMID: 28103750 [Featured article]

Cicero, E. C., & Black, B. P. (2015). “I was a spectacle…a freak show at the circus”: A transgender person’s ED experience and implications for nursing practice. Journal of Emergency Nursing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2015.08.012. PMID: 26429229

Teaching

Research

Dr. Cicero’s program of research is focused on evaluating the interrelationship between social inequities and the effects of adverse and affirming social conditions on the health and well-being of transgender populations, with a particular interest in methods used for transgender health research. His scholarly work, supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has led to national and international attention with media outlets like CBS News, Huffington Post, and Hospitals & Health Networks; served as scientific evidence in multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases; and shaped the position statements of several professional nursing organizations. Dr. Cicero has influenced the incorporation of transgender health-related topics into the curriculum of multiple schools of nursing, and he has presented on the topic at international and national nursing and research conferences.

Awards

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Award (2018-2020)

Duke University School of Nursing Commencement student speaker (2018)

The Health Status of Gender Minorities (F31NR017115), National Institute of Nursing Research (2017-2018)

World Professional Association for Transgender Health Student Initiative Grant awardee (2017)

Named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar (2015)

Best Undergraduate Work in Sexuality Studies. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Program in Sexuality Studies (2014)

Highest Honors Distinction. University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill (2014)

Chancellor’s Award. The Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2014)Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Nursing (2014)