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Jacqueline Dowling

Jacqueline Dowling
Jacqueline DowlingEmeritus Faculty
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4431
  • Email

Research Interests

Child health, stress and coping, humor, resiliency

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing Research and Education, (2000), University of Massachusetts Amherst and Worcester - Amherst, Worcester, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Sense of humor, childhood cancer stressors, and outcomes of psychosocial adjustment, immune function, and infection
  • MS: Parent - Child Nursing, (1983), Boston University - Boston, Massachusetts
    Supporting Area: Teaching
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: A study of messages vicariously learned by hospitalized children who viewed a televised health education program
  • BS: Professional Nursing, (1976), University of Vermont - Vermont

Biography

Dr. Jacqueline Dowling is Professor Emerita in the Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Dowling began her nursing career as a pediatric clinical nurse at the University of Rochester Strong Hospital in upstate New York and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

She has held positions as an assistant professor and nursing laboratory director at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Dowling has authored and co-authored several articles for nursing journals and textbooks as well as consulted for video and software publishing companies and nurse researchers on poster development.

She has presented at international, national, and regional conferences on sense of humor, received the UMass Lowell Department of Nursing teaching excellence award in 2003 and is a past president of the Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award (2016) - American Nurses Association Massachusetts
  • Finalist, Nurse of the Year (Education) (2013), Teaching - March of Dimes, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Fellow, AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (2011), Leadership - AACN
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) (2010), Teaching - National League for Nursing
  • UML Department of Nursing Teaching Excellence Award (2010), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Nursing
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2003), Teaching - UML Department of Nursing
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society First Place Student Poster Award (2000), Scholarship/Research - Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • First Place Student Poster Award (2000), Scholarship/Research - Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • Student Scholarship Award (1999), Scholarship/Research - International Society for Humor Studies
  • Doctoral Degree Scholarship (1997), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts Nurses Foundation
  • Council on Pluralism and Diversity Award (1995), Service, Professional - Council on Pluralism and Diversity
  • Massachusetts Senatorial Meritorious Service Award (1994), Service, Professional - Massachusetts Senatorial
  • Outstanding Nurse Award (1994), Service, University - Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Center
  • Outstanding Nurse Award (1994), Service, Professional - Merrimack Valley Area Health Education Center
  • Certificate of Appreciation for ANA Convention (1991), Service, Community - ANA Convention
  • Certificate of Appreciation for AHEC Educational Opportunities (1990), Service, Community - AHEC Educational Opportunities Posters

Selected Publications

  • Dowling, J. (2014) "Children Talking about Humor: Data from Focus Groups," International Journal of Humor Research 27:1 pp. 121-139
  • Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L.M., Findeisen, M., Knight, M. (2013) "Bring diversity to nursing: Recruitment, retention, and graduation of nursing students," Journal of Cultural Diversity 20:2 pp. 100-104
  • Dowling, J., Knight, M., Abdallah, L., Findeisen, M., Melillo, K.D. (2011) "Making Healthy Connections: Introducing Nursing as a Career Choice to Middle School Students.," Nursing forum 46:3
  • Dowling, J., Yen-Patton, G.A., Clayton-Mathews, A. (2010) "Nurse-Nursing Assistant Caregiver Reciprocity Scale," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 58:
  • Dowling, J., Hockenberry, M., Gregory, R.L. (2003) "Sense of Humor, Childhood Cancer Stressors, and Outcomes of Psychosocial Adjustment, Immune Function, and Infection," Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing 29:6 pp. 271-292
  • Dowling, J. (2002) "Humor: A Coping Strategy for Pediatric Patients," Pediatric nursing 28:2 pp. 123-131
  • Dowling, J., Bright, M.A. (1999) "A Collaborative Research Project on Therapeutic Touch," Journal of Holistic Nursing 17:3 pp. 296-307
  • Dowling, J., Fain, J.A. (1999) "A Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale for School-age Children: Issues of Reliability and Validity," Journal of pediatric nursing 14:1 pp. 38-43
  • Dowling, J., Bright, M.A. (1999) "A Collaborative Research Project on Therapeutic Touch," Journal of Holistic Nursing 17:3 pp. 296
  • Dowling, J., Coppens, N.M. (1996) "Understanding Culture and Health Practices through an Experiential Learning Project.," Nurse Educator 21:6 pp. 43-46

Selected Presentations

  • Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students - Concurrent Paper Session Presentation at the 2011 NLN Education Summit, November 2013 - Orlando, FL
  • Guidance Counselors' and Teachers' Knowledge of the Nursing Profesion: Promoting Nursing as a Career Choice for Middle and High School Students. - Annual Preceptor Appreciation/Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Openness to Diversity: Student Nurses and Patient Tell Their Stories. - Annual Preceptor Appreciation/Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Dedicated education unit in Long-term Care: UMass Lowell and D'Youville Center for Advanced Therapy Partnership for Transitional Care Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Clinical Education Model. - SHE Research Day, April 2012
  • Systematic Assessment of Curriculum Gaps to Improve Student Outcomes. - AMCOA Regional Conference, February 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical Trans-lational Science Research Symposium, November 2011 - Shrewsbury MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical Translational Science Research Symposium, UMass Conference Center, November 2011 - Shrewsbury MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: Elementary, Middle and High Schools. - Chancellor's Breakfast for School Superintendents, September 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Students. - National League for Nursing, Education Summit, September 2011 - Orlando, FL
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: The University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Nursing in Partnership with the Lawrence and Lowell Massachusetts School Systems. - UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, October 2010 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Development and Evaluation of the Nurse-Nursing Assistant Caregiver Reciprocity Scale (NNA-CRS). - 22nd Annual Scientific Sessions, March 2010 - Providence, RI
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: University of Massachusetts Lowell. - New England Minority Health Education Conference, October 2009 - Providence, RI
  • Gaps and Overlaps: What's in your Curriculum? - Saint Anselm's 17th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators: Creating the nurse of the future: Competency and compassion., June 2009 - N. Falmouth, MA
  • Use of Zoomerang to Assess Interest in Nursing as a Career Choice. - 22nd Annual Scientific Sessions, March 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Humor and Health: What's the Connection? - Veterans Administration, December 2008 - Veterans Administration
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: First Year Initiatives. - Nurse Faculty _ Nurse Executive Summit: Strategic Planning to Build Strategic Partnerships, 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Curriculum revision: More than Change., May 2008
  • The Humor Health Connection., May 2008 - Springfield, MA
  • Children Talking about Humor: Preliminary Analysis. - UML 11th Annual Student Research Symposium and Annual Preceptor Appreciation/Research Day, May 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - Inauguration Week's Achieving Excellence Through Partnerships _ UML and the Community, April 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Development and testing of the Nurse-Caregiver Reciprocity Scale. - 21st Annual Scientific Sessions, March 2008 - Boston, MA
  • Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome): A Case Study. - Annual Preceptor Appreciation/Research Day, May 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatric Oncology Patients to Control Mouth Sores and Nausea and Vomiting. - UML 10th Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2007
  • Humor and Your Health, Seriously., April 2005 - Boston, MA
  • Prevalence of Overweight: A study of Urban Preschool Children. - UML 6th Annual Student Research Symposium, April 2003
  • How does a Sense of Humor Help Children Cope with the Stressors of Cancer? - International Society for Humor Studies Conference, July 2001 - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Sense of Humor, Childhood Cancer Stressors and Outcomes. - University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing 2nd Annual Excellence in Nursing Conference, April 2001 - Worcester, MA
  • Sense of Humor and Childhood Cancer Stressors. - Kathleen M. Fox Memorial Lecture, April 2000 - Lowell, MA
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., April 2000 - Lowell, MA
  • Sense of Humor and Childhood Cancer Stressors. - 12th Annual Scientific Sessions, March 2000 - Newport, RI
  • Sense of Humor and Childhood Cancer. - International Society for Humor Studies Conference, July 1999 - Oakland, CA
  • A Multidimensional Sense of Humor Scale for School-age Children: Issues of Reliability and Validity., April 1999 - Lowell, MA
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., April 1999 - Lowell, MA
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., 1998
  • Humor Intervention with Twins: A Case Study., December 1997
  • Lazarus and Folkman√™s Theory of Stress, Appraisal, and Coping as a Framework for Humor Research in Childhood Cancer. - Humor, Laughter and Health Symposium, International Society for Humor Studies Conference, July 1997 - Edmond, OK
  • Empathy and Risk Taking. - UML Baccalaureate Pinning Ceremony., May 1997
  • Non-invasive Physiologic Measures for Nursing. - 8th Annual Research Conference of Sigma Theta Tau Beta Zeta Chapter, April 1997
  • Humor in Nursing: An Evolutionary View. - Eighth Annual Research Conference, April 1997
  • Collaborative research in therapeutic touch. - 7th Annual Research Conference of Sigma Theta Tau Beta Zeta Chapter, March 1996
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., 1995
  • Computer-assisted Interactive Learning., May 1995
  • Experiential learning between culture and health practices. - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing Workshop, May 1995
  • Experiential learning between culture and health practices. - University of Massachusetts Lowell Diversity Symposium, May 1995
  • Healthy Heart., April 1995 - Billerica, MA
  • Management of a Multisystem Interactive Video Laboratory. - Computers on Campus National Conference, November 1994 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Computer-assisted Interactive Learning., October 1994 - Waltham, MA
  • Management of a Multisystem Interactive Video Laboratory. - 5th National Conference for Learning Resources Centers in Nursing, March 1994 - San Antonio, Texas
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production. - Graduate Research Workshops, 1992
  • Integrating Interactive Video Technology in Nursing Education. - University of Massachusetts Lowell Conference, 1992
  • Interactive Video Integration in a Multisystem Environment - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing Workshop, May 1992
  • Interactive Video Integration in a Multisystem Environment. - 4th National Conference for Learning Laboratory Centers, March 1992
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., 1991
  • IVD: An Interaction with Reality. - College of Health Professions Research Colloquium, April 1991
  • Poster sessions: Preparation and production., 1988

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Bring diversity and leadership to nursing (), Grant - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Bring diversity to nursing (), Grant - Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Innovative model of clinical nursing education at UMass Lowell: Transitional care Dedicated Education Unit (DEU). (), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • SimBaby: Nursing simulation collaborative. (), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Nursing Initiatives
  • Promoting progression from ADN to BSN via education redesign and partnerships (2012), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Innovative model of clinical nursing education at UMass Lowell: Transitional care Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) (2011), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Nursing Education Redesign Grant
    Dowling, J. (Co-Investigator)
  • SimBaby: Nursing simulation collaborative (2009), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Nursing Initiatives, Human Simulation Grant
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Nursing Simulation collaboration (2008), Grant - Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Nursing Initiatives, Human Simulation Grant
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Children talking about humor: Data from focus groups (2007), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Children talking about humor: Data from focus groups (2007), Grant - Teaching and Learning Grant Task Force of the Faculty Teaching Center.
  • Retention and success in math (2005), Grant - Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Step into wellness (2004), Sponsored Research - UML Council on Diversity and Pluralism
  • Experiential learning: Promoting the health of preschool children (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Seed Grant Task Force
  • Sense of humor, childhood cancer stressors, and outcomes of psychosocial adjustment, immune function, and infection (1999), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Sense of humor, childhood cancer stressors, and outcomes of psychosocial adjustment, immune function, and infections (1998), Grant - National Institute for Nursing Research.
  • Therapeutic touch, quality of life and the terminally ill (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Amherst Research Council
  • Experiential learning: An understanding of the relationship between cultural dimensions and health care practices (1995), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Pluralism and Diversity
  • Lead Electrocardiograph, cart, video. Equipment (1994), Grant - Hewlett-Packard
  • Pulse oximeter, sensor, video. Equipment grant (1993), Grant - Nelcor
  • Interactive learning system for student ICU. (1991), Grant - Helene Fuld Trust
  • Student ICU learning laboratory (1988), Grant - Helene Fuld Trust
  • Infusion pump. Equipment grant (1987), Grant - IVAC
  • Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing (BDLN) (2012), Grant - HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Principal), Simons, S.R. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), ,
  • Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing (2012), Grant - U.S. DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator), Simons, S.R. (Co-Investigator)
  • Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students (2012), Grant - MDPH Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Peer Mentorship Pilot P (2014), Contract -
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2012), Grant -
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2012), Grant - Mass. Department of Public Health, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Grant
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Investigator), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Bring Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students. (2012), Grant - MDPH Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development Grant
  • Mentoring: Facilitating the Retention of Minority Nursing Students (2010), Grant -
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Mentoring: Facilitating the retention of minority nursing students. (2010), Grant - National League for Nursing, Research in Nursing Education
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Mentoring: Facilitating the retention of minority nursing students. (2010), Grant - National League for Nursing, Research in Nursing Education
  • Transitioning from Department to School of Nursing: Qualitative Interviews with AACN Member Deans of Nursing (2011), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Nursing, Discretionary Funds
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing -- Educational Opportunities for Minority Students, (2010), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Investigator), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Bring Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students (2010), Grant - MDPH Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development Grant
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students (2007), Grant - MDPH Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development Grant
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit Partnership - (2011), Grant -
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit (2011), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Shellman, J. (Co-Investigator), Remington, R. (Co-Investigator), Dodge, L. (Co-Investigator), Dowling, J. (Co-Investigator)
  • On the Move for Nursing's Future: Bring Diversity to Nursing Mobile Simulation Laboratory (2010), Grant - U.S. DHHS, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students. (2010), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (BDN); Nursing Workforce Diversity (2008), Grant - U.S. DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Bring Diversity to nursing: Educational opportunities for minority students. (2007), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Fellow (2011), Fellowship - AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Program
  • ARRA - On the Move for Nursing's Future: Bring Diversity to Nursing Mobile Simula (2010), Grant -
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • On the move for nursing's future: Bring diversity to nursing mobile simulation laboratory (2010), Grant - HRSA ARRA Workforce Diversity Equipment Grant
    Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Bring diversity to nursing (2008), Grant - HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
    Dowling, J. (Co-Principal)
  • On the move for nursing's future: Bring diversity to nursing mobile simulation laboratory. (2010), Grant - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Bring diversity to nursing (2008), Grant - Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing -- Educational Opportunities for Minority Students (2007), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Dowling, J. (Co-Investigator), Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Baby) (2008), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Man) (2007), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal), Dowling, J. (Principal)
  • Children talking about humor: Data from focus groups. (2007), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Children talking about humor: Data from focus groups. (2007), Grant - Teaching and Learning Grant Task Force of the Faculty Teaching Center
  • Retention and success in math. (2005), Grant - Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
  • Step into wellness. (2004), Grant - UML Council on Diversity and Pluralism
  • Experiential learning: Promoting the health of preschool children. (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Seed Grant Task Force
  • Sense of humor, childhood cancer stressors, and outcomes of psychosocial adjustment, immune function, and infection. (1999), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Sense of humor, childhood cancer stressors, and outcomes of psychosocial adjustment, immune function, and infection. (1998), Grant - National Institute for Nursing Research
  • Therapeutic touch, quality of life and the terminally ill. (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Amherst Research Council
  • Experiential learning: An understanding of the relationship between cultural dimensions and health care practices. (1995), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Pluralism and Diversity
  • Interactive learning system for student ICU. (1991), Grant - Helene Fuld Trust
  • Student ICU learning laboratory. (1988), Grant - Helene Fuld Trust