Karen Devereaux Melillo

Karen Devereaux Melillo, School of Nursing, Bring Diversity to Nursing

Karen Devereaux Melillo, School of Nursing, Bring Diversity to Nursing

Director & Chair, Professor, Principal Investigator
Phone:
978-934-4417
Fax:
978-934-2015
Office:
HSSB 215

Expertise

Gerontological Nursing

Research Interest

  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioners
  • Health Promotion and Older Adults
  • Aging and Health Policy
  • Long-term Care
  • Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • Physical Activity and Exercise among Older Adults
  • Nurse Practitioner Counseling Interventions to Increase Physical Activity and Exercise Among Older Latinos
  • Formal and Informal Caregiving for Older Adults
  • Wandering Behavior in Alzheimer's Disease: Protocol Development
  • Wandering and Technology Devices in Caring for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment (PHASE) in Healthcare: Long-Term Care Case Study

RESEARCH

Grants, Contracts, and Publications (pdf) (2007 - Present)

  • 2012-2015 Principal Investigator, with Co-PI, Dr. Jacqueline Dowling, and Co-Investigators, Drs. Lisa Abdallah, Margaret Knight and Shellie Simons, “Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing”, competing, continuation grant submitted to U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, HRSA, Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant; D19HP09221, funded in the amount of $996,584.

  • 2012-2014 Principal Investigator, “Bring Diversity to Nursing – Educational Opportunities for Minority Students,” with Co-Investigators, Drs. Jacqueline Dowling, Lisa Abdallah, and Margaret Knight, from Massachusetts Department of Public Health, RFP “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:  Workforce Development,” funding in the amount of $53,546, 07-01-2012 through 06-30-2014.

  • 2011-2012 Principal Investigator, with Co-Investigators, Drs. Abdallah, Dowling, Remington & Shellman, “UMass Lowell-D’Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit,” Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing Allied and Health, Nursing Education Redesign Grant, $50,000, 8-1-11 through 7-31-2012.

  • 2011-2012 Co-Investigator, with Lee, A.J., Principal Investigator, Abdallah, L., Gautam, R., Remington, R., & Van Etten, D., “Comparative Analysis of Alternative Primary Care Models in Institutional Long Term Care Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey,” UMass Lowell, School of Health and Environment Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, $15,000.

  • 2011-2012 Principal Investigator, with Co-PI, Jacqueline Dowling, “Transitioning from Department to School of Nursing:  Qualitative Interviews with AACN Member Deans of Nursing,” Unfunded study, IRB Approval 10-24-11 to 10-23-12.

  • 2010-2013 Co-Investigator, with Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Susan Houde and Angela Nannini, for U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Education in Nursing, Grant No. 1 D09HP19005-01-00, Advanced Education Nursing Grant, UMass Lowell DNP, in the amount of $732,044, 07-01-2010 through 06-30-2013.

  • 2010-2012 Principal Investigator, “Bring Diversity to Nursing – Educational Opportunities for Minority Students,” with Co-Investigators, Drs. Jacqueline Dowling, Lisa Abdallah, and Margaret Knight, from Massachusetts Department of Public Health, RFP “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:  Workforce Development,” anticipated funding in the amount of $53,546, 07-01-2010 through 06-30-2012.

  • 2010-2011 Dowling, J.S. (PI), Abdallah, L., Knight, M. & Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigators), On the move for nursing’s future: Bring diversity to nursing mobile simulation laboratory, HRSA Workforce Diversity Equipment Grant, $299,980, 09/2010-2011. 

  • 2008-2012 Principal Investigator, with Co-Investigators, Drs. Jacqueline Dowling, Lisa Abdallah, Margaret Knight, and Consultant Dr. Mary Findeisen. from: U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Grant No. 1D19HP08221-01-00 (P.I. = Karen Devereaux Melillo) “Bring Diversity to Nursing” (BDN); Nursing Workforce Diversity, in the amount of $894,085, 07-01-08 through 06-30-11; 7-1-11 through 6-30-12 No Cost Extension.

  • 2008-2009 Co-Principal Investigator, with Dr. Jacqueline Dowling, PI, on Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Baby), from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Nursing Initiative Grant, submitted November 2008, in the amount of $48,000.

  • 2007-2008 Co-Principal Investigator, with Dr. Jacqueline Dowling, PI, on Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Man), from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Nursing Initiative Grant, funded in the amount of $48,000, in partnership with Lowell General Hospital.

  • 2007-2010 Principal Investigator, “Bring Diversity to Nursing – Educational Opportunities for Minority Students,” with Co-Investigators, Drs. Jacqueline Dowling, Lisa Abdallah, Mary Findeisen, and Margaret Knight, from Massachusetts Department of Public Health, RFP “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities:  Workforce Development,” funded in the amount of $183,024, November 2007 through June 2010.

Educational Background

1990 Ph.D., Brandeis University
1978 MS, University of Lowell

Biosketch

Dr. Karen Devereaux Melillo is Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing, and former Coordinator of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  This program was named to the top tier of graduate nursing programs for this specialty by U.S. News and World Report, the only New England College or University recognized.  

She earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School for the Advanced Study of Social Welfare in 1990, where her studies focused on aging, long-term care and health policy.  She received her Master of Science Degree in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Lowell in 1978, which prepared her as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner; in 1998, she was awarded the Francis Cabot Lowell Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health Professions at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She was also selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and for the Distinguished Alumni Award from Massachusetts Bay Community College, both in 2001.  In 2009, she was selected as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.  Since coming to the University in 1982, she has established an active research program on the utilization of Nurse Practitioners in institutional long-term care, for which she received the American College of Health Care Administrators Long-Term Care Research Award.  

Her research has focused on health promotion, specifically physical fitness and exercise activity of older adults, as well as the application of a wandering technology device for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.  She is Co-Investigator, for U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Advanced Education in Nursing (1 D09HP19005, 2010 to 2013) grant entitled, "UMass Lowell DNPs Caring for the Underserved".  She is also Co-Investigator for the "On the move for nursing's future: Bring diversity to nursing mobile simulation laboratory, HRSA Workforce Diversity Equipment Grant, (2010-2011).  She is currently Principal Investigator on a 3-year funded study from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Nursing Workforce Diversity (D19HP009221) and from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities:  Workforce Development grant (2007-2012), for the Bring Diversity to Nursing project, totaling over $1M.  She was a Co-Investigator on a 5-year, $3.5M National Institutes of Health, NIOSH-funded study on “Health Disparities Among Healthcare Workers,” where she led the qualitative case study research effort in two nursing homes.  

Dr. Melillo has over 70 peer-reviewed publications.  The second edition of Melillo, K.D. & Houde, Geropsychiatric and mental health nursing (2011) is now available, by Jones and Bartlett Publishers.  She is a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals, including Geriatric Nursing, and is an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.  She is an abstract reviewer for the Gerontological Society of America, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  From 2008-2010, she served as an Expert Panel member on the American Academy of Nursing/Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Geropsychiatric Nursing Core Competency Workgroup and on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s, Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education:  Ensuring the APRN Workforce is Prepared to Care for Older Adults, NP Expert Panel.  She is active in a number of national professional associations, state task forces, and local Boards, including D’Youville Senior Care.  

She is Past-President of the Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.