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Karen Melilo

Karen Melillo
Dr. Karen MelilloProfessor; Interim Dean of the School of Nursing; Director of Center for Gerontology Research & Partnerships

Research Interests

Gerontological Nursing and Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Nurse Practitioner Role in Long-term Care Cognitive Health Wandering in Dementia Health Promotion - Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults Increasing Nurse Practitioner Preceptor and Faculty Capacity Implementation and Evaluation of a Dedicated Education Unit in Long-term Care Bring Diversity to Nursing: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Diverse Nursing Students A-GNP and Geropsychiatric Mental Health Nursing Competencies Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) for Health Disparities Reduction

I am PI on a Mass. Department of Higher Education (MDHE)-funded project to promote innovative clinical education models for increasing MS NP preceptor and faculty capacity (2014-2015) and a MDHE grant for a Dedicated Education Unit in Transitional Care/LTC setting (2011-2012). I was Co-Investigator on two MDHE-funded projects that partnered with local acute care hospital for human simulation technology integration. I am PI on two grants, HRSA and MDPH, on nursing workforce diversity with the Bring Diversity to Nursing (BDN) project that fosters pre-entry recruitment of elementary, middle and high school students, and retention, graduation and successful NCLEX-RN pass rates of BDN enrolled students. I was also co-Investigator on a HRSA Advanced Education in Nursing grant for “DNPs Caring for the Underserved” (2010-2013). Most recently, I am Co-Investigator on MDHE grant to establish a collaborative post-graduate nurse residency program in partnership with Lowell General Hospital and Genesis Healthcare (acute care and long-term care settings).

Education

  • Ph D: Aging, Long-Term Care, Health Policy, (1990), Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "Evaluation of Nursing Process and Outcomes of Care Utilizing Nurse Practitioners to Provide Health Care for Elderly Patients in Massachusetts Nursing Homes"
  • MS: Gerontological Nursing, (1978), University of Massachusetts Lowell - Lowell, MA
  • BS: Nursing, (1977), Salem State College - Salem MA
  • : Nursing, (1973), Massachusetts Bay Community College - Watertown, MA

Biography

Interim Dean, Professor, School of Nursing, APN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP-C, ANP-C, Gerontological & Geropsychiatric Mental Health Nursing expertise. PI, federal/state grants, Bring Diversity to Nursing, LTC Dedicated Education Unit, Innovative Models of Clinical NP Education, Cognitive Health in Older Workers. Director, Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships; Director, Regional Consortium of Community-Engaged Gerontology Researchers

Awards and Honors

  • Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification, AANP-CP (2015-2020) (2015)
  • AJN Book of the Year Award (2011), Service, Professional - American Journal of Nursing
  • Selected for National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Women's Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Competencies Work Group (2011) - representing the Geropsychiatric Mental Health Nursing Work Group of the American Academy of Nursing (2011-2013)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practioners (2001 to present) (2009)
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2009), Scholarship/Research
  • Appointed to American Academy of Nursing/Health Institute for Geriatric Nursing (2008) - Geropsychiatric Nursing Core Competency Workgroup, Member (2008-2010)
  • NP Expert Panel Member for the national project, Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education: Ensuring the APRN Workforce is Prepared to Care for Older Adults (2008) - funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to the American Association of colleges of Nursing and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University (2008-2010)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Elected to Nominating Committee (2007-2008) (2007)
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member (2006) - Journal of Gerontological Nursing (2004 to present)
  • Listed as one of 15 Geriatric Nurse Leaders Today, in Ebersole. (2006), Service, Professional - Geriatric Nursing: Growth of a Specialty, New York: Springer Publishers
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Omega Chapter, President (2000-2002), Member (1984-Present) (2006)
  • Received Faculty Development Research Grant (2004) - University of Massachusetts Lowell/Provost's Office
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, (2001), Service, University - Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley, MA
  • Fellow (2001) - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2001), Leadership - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award in Health Professions, (1998), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Teaching Excellence Award (1998), Teaching - Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • International, Travel Awards (1996), Service, Professional - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • International, Travel Awards (1994), Service, Professional - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • International, Travel Awards (1994), Service, Professional - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Selected as Post-Doctoral Fellow/Opted not to accept (1994) - The Gerontological Society of America; sponsoring agency
  • Council on Faculty Development Grant (1994) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • International, Travel Awards (1993), Service, Professional - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • International, Travel Awards (1993), Service, Professional - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Long-Term Care Research Award (1993), Service, Community - American College of Health Care Administrators
  • Who's Who in American Nursing (1993) - Who's Who in American Nursing inclusion 5td ed
  • Merrimack Valley Nursing Task Force, Eleventh Annual Nurse Recognition Award (1993)
  • Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards (1992), Leadership - Named to the Distinguished Panel of Judges for the Greater Boston Jaycees
  • Named to the Distinguished Panel of Judges (1992) - Greater Boston Jaycees
  • Received Exemplary Community Service Award (1990), Service, Community - University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  • Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (1985) - Greater Boston Jaycees

Publications

  • Melillo, K.D. (2017) "Geropsychiatric Nursing: What's in Your Toolkit?," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 43:1 pp. 3-6
  • Lee, A.J., Gautam, R., Melillo, K.D., Abdallah, L.M., Remington, R., VanEtten, D., Gore, R. (2016) "A Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey-Based Investigation of Alternative Primary Care Models in Nursing Homes.," Research in Gerontological Nursing 9:3 pp. 115
  • Lee, James A.; Melillo, Karen Devereaux; D’Avolio, Deborah, . (2016) "Regional Consortium of Community-Engaged Researchers: Brainstorming for Gerontology Research Opportunities,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (2008) "May Futrell, PhD, FAAN, FGSA. Gerontological nursing and gerontology leader and mentor.," Journal of gerontological nursing 34:5 pp. 7-9
  • Abdallah, L.M., Remington, R., Melillo, K.D., Flanagan, J. (2008) "Using antipsychotic drugs safely in older patients.," Nursing 38:10
  • Abdallah, L.M., Remington, R., Melillo, K.D., Flanagan, J. (2008) "Using antipsychotic drugs safely in older patients.," Nursing 38:10 pp. 28-31
  • Abdallah, L., Remington, R., Zhan, L., Houde, S., Melillo, K.D. (2007) "Dehydration reduction in the community-dwelling older adult," The Gerontologist (Special Issue) 47: pp. 532
  • Flanagan, J., Melillo, K.D., Abdallah, L., Remington, R. (2007) "Interpreting laboratory values in the rehabilitation setting," Rehabilitation Nursing 32:2
  • Alford, D.M., Karas, D., Lueckenotte, A., Melillo, K.D., Nunnelee, J., Scanland, S., Steinberg, K.E., Walent, R., Zhan, L. (2006) "Legal issues in gerontological nursing - Part 1: Abuse and neglect of older adults," Journal of gerontological nursing 32:1 pp. 11-12
  • Remington, R., Abdallah, L., Melillo, K.D., Flanagan, J. (2006) "Managing problem behaviors associated with dementia," Rehabilitation Nursing 31:5 pp. 186-192
  • Futrell, M., Melillo, K.D. (2005) "Gerontological nurse practitioners: implications for the future.," Journal of gerontological nursing 31:4
  • Melillo, K.D., Houde, S.C. (2005) "Geropsychiatric and mental health nursing,"
  • Melillo, K.D., Lopez, C., Allosso, E., Ranieri, A., Sperrazza, K., Burlakoti, P., Driscoll, S., Wilson, B., Chandonnet, L., Slatin, C., Healthcare, P. (2005) "Violence and assault of licensed nursing and CNA staff in long-term care: Case study analysis of two nursing homes," Gerontologist 45:
  • Slatin, C., Galizzi, M., Mawn, B., Melillo, K.D., Team, P.i. (2004) "Conducting Interdisciplinary Research to Promote Healthy and Safe Employment in Health Care: Promises and Pitfalls," Public Health Reports (1974-) 119:1 pp. 60-72
  • Slatin, C., Galizzi, M., Melillo, K.D., Mawn, B. (2004) "Conducting interdisciplinary research to promote healthy and safe employment in health care: promises and pitfalls.," Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974) 119:1 pp. 60-72
  • Melillo, K.D., Slatin, C., Chandonnet, L., Dorson, P., Hoff, L., Lally, J., Lopez, C., O'Sullivan, M., Zelnick, J. (2003) "Promoting healthy and safe employment (phase) in healthcare: LTC nursing home casestudy," Gerontologist 43:
  • Houde, S.C., Melillo, K.D. (2002) "Cardiovascular health and physical activity in older adults: An integrative review of research methodology and results," Journal of advanced nursing 38:3 pp. 219-234
  • Futrell, M., Melillo, K.D. (2002) "Evidence-based protocol. Wandering.," Journal of gerontological nursing 28:11 pp. 14-22
  • Melillo, K.D., Williamson, E., Houde, S.C., Futrell, M., Read, C.Y., Campasano, M. (2001) "Perceptions of older Latino adults regarding physical fitness, physical activity, and exercise.," Journal of gerontological nursing 27:9
  • Reece, S.M., Pearce, C.W., Melillo, K.D., Beaudry, M. (2001) "The faculty portfolio: Documenting the scholarship of teaching," Journal of Professional Nursing 17:4 pp. 180-186
  • Melillo, K.D., Williamson, E., Houde, S., Futrell, M., Read, C.Y., Campasano, M. (2001) "Perceptions of older Latino adults regarding physical fitness, physical activity, and exercise.," Journal of gerontological nursing 27:9 pp. 38-46
  • Melillo, K.D., Houde, S.C., Williamson, E., Futrell, M. (2000) "Perceptions of nurse practitioners regarding their role in physical activity and exercise prescription for older adults.," Clinical excellence for nurse practitioners : the international journal of NPACE 4:2
  • Houde, S.C., Melillo, K.D. (2000) "Physical activity and exercise counseling in primary care.," The Nurse practitioner 25:8
  • Houde, S., Melillo, K.D. (2000) "Physical activity and exercise counseling in primary care.," The Nurse practitioner 25:8 pp. 8, 11-4, 17-8 passim; quiz 38-9
  • Melillo, K.D., Houde, S., Williamson, E., Futrell, M. (2000) "Perceptions of nurse practitioners regarding their role in physical activity and exercise prescription for older adults.," Clinical excellence for nurse practitioners : the international journal of NPACE 4:2 pp. 108-16
  • Melillo, K.D. (1999) "Nursing research: Principles and methods. (6th ed.) (p. 260). ," 6th pp. 260
  • Melillo, K.D. (1998) "Clostridium difficile and older adults: what primary care providers should know.," The Nurse practitioner 23:7
  • Melillo, K.D. (1998) "Gerontological nursing: Current practice and research," Geriatric nursing 19:3
  • Melillo, K.D. (1998) "Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Screening Geriatric Assessment Resource Manual. ,"
  • Zagami, J.M., Parl, S.A., Bussgang, J.J., Melillo, K.D. (1998) "Providing universal location services using a wireless E911 location network," Ieee Communications Magazine 36:4
  • Melillo, K.D., Futrell, M. (1998) "Wandering and technology devices. Helping caregivers ensure the safety of confused older adults.," Journal of gerontological nursing 24:8
  • Melillo, K.D., Williamson, E., Futrell, M., Chamberlain, C. (1997) "A self-assessment tool to measure older adults' perceptions regarding physical fitness and exercise activity," Journal of advanced nursing 25:6 pp. 1220-1226
  • Melillo, K.D. (1997) "Gerontological nursing: Concepts and practice. ,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1996) "Gerontological nursing,"
  • Melillo, K.D., Futrell, M., Williamson, E., Chamberlain, C., Bourque, A.M., MacDonnell, M., Phaneuf, J.P. (1996) "Perceptions of physical fitness and exercise activity among older adults," Journal of advanced nursing 23:3 pp. 542-547
  • Melillo, K.D. (1996) "Medicare and Medicaid: similarities and differences.," Journal of gerontological nursing 22:7 pp. 12-21
  • Melillo, K.D., Futrell, M. (1995) "A guide for assessing caregiver needs: determining a health history database for family caregivers.," The Nurse practitioner 20:5
  • Melillo, K.D. (1995) "Asymptomatic bacteriuria in older adults: when is it necessary to screen and treat?," The Nurse practitioner 20:8
  • Melillo, K.D. (1995) "Professionalization of nurse practitioners. Annual Review of Nursing Resear,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1994) "Appropriateness of Geriatric Prescribing Decisions Made by Nurse Practitioners and Physicians,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1994) " Major issues in geriatrics over the last 5 years. ,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1994) "Preparing and presenting testimony. Guidelines for the health care practitioner.," Nurse Practitioner 19:9 pp. 59-64
  • Walsh, K., Melillo, K.D. (1993) "Effects of resident assessment protocols on urinary incontinence in elderly nursing home residents,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1993) "Interpretation of laboratory values in older adults.," The Nurse practitioner 18:7
  • Melillo, K.D. (1993) "ONS: Oncology Nursing Scan,,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1993) "Interpretation of abnormal laboratory values in older adults.," Journal of gerontological nursing 19:1 pp. 39-45
  • Melillo, K.D. (1993) "Utilizing nurse practitioners to provide health care for elderly patients in Massachusetts nursing homes.," Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 5:1 pp. 19-26
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) "Cancer Nursing,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) "Caregiving Responsibilities for Elderly Individuals Rendered by University Employees,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) "Journal of Advanced Nursing,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) " Journal of Advanced Nursing,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) "Nurse practitioners in long-term care: perceptions of DONs.," The Journal of long term care administration 20:3
  • Melillo, K.D. (1992) "Report of the Commission Established to Make an Investigation and Study Relative to the Practice of Nursing in the Commonwealth,"
  • Melillo, K.D. (1991) " Clinical gerontological nursing: A guide to advanced practice. ,"
  • Melillo, K.D., Ussher, J.O., Coppens, N. (1991) "Initiating a gerontological nurse practitioner practice in long-term chronic care.," Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 3:3 pp. 133-5
  • Melillo, K.D. (1991) "Mnemonics: use in gerontological nursing practice.," Journal of gerontological nursing 17:7 pp. 40-3
  • Melillo, K.D. (1985) "Who needs health maintenance?," Journal of gerontological nursing 11:2 pp. 18-21
  • Melillo, K.D. (1980) "Informal activity invovlvement and the perceived rate of time passage for an older institutionalized population.," Journal of gerontological nursing 6:7 pp. 392-7

Presentations

  • An MCBS-Based Investigation of Alternative Primary Care Models in Nursing Homes: Cost and Utilization Differences - 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2015 - Orlando, FL
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - Updates - St. Anselm’s 23rd Annual Conference for Nurse Educators and Clinicians: Partners in Developing tomorrow’s Nurse, May 2015 - Falmouth, MA
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - Updates - Northeast Region NP Conference, May 2015 - Boston Marriot Newton
  • A nursing school’s journey through cultural awareness, inclusivity, and civility - Hot Topics Conference – Civility Rising: Re-envisioning, re-creating, and Thriving in Academia and Practice, April 2015 - Las Vegas, NV
  • Comparison of NP and Physician Practice Models in Nursing Homes - Geriatric Pearls from the Ocean State, April 2015 - Warwick, RI
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - Updates - Healthy Aging – Living Well Forum, April 2015 - UMass Lowell
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - Updates - Faculty Research and Creative Works Symposium, March 2015 - Lowell, MA
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - Faculty Teaching and Learning Symposium, November 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • Innovative models to increase nurse practitioner faculty and preceptor capacity: Collaborative clinical teaching efforts - MA Action Coalition Workforce Summit, October 2014 - Devens Commons, Ayer, MA
  • Engaging middle and high school students in health careers: Reflections on seven years of progress with the Bring Diversity to Nursing Program - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Transitioning from a Department to a School of Nursing: What do the Deans have to say? - Sigma theta Tau International Biennial Convention, November 2013 - Indianapolis, IN
  • Building interdisciplinary research: The cognitive health of older working adults - 3rd Annual Community engagement and Research Symposium, November 2013 - Albert Sherman Center, UMass Medical School
  • Regional consortium of community engaged gerontology researchers - 3rd Annual Community engagement and Research Symposium, November 2013 - Albert Sherman Center, UMass Medical School
  • Evaluation of a DEU in LTC - Ontario Long-term Care Association-sponsored LTC Applied Research Education Day, February 2013 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • LTC Dedicated Education Unit: Evaluation of an Innovative Clinical Education Model - Charting New Frontiers in Aging, November 2012 - San Diego, CA
  • Developing the Partnerships - Innovation in Clinical Education: Dedicated Education Unit Model in Long Term Care Conference, August 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing – 2008-2012 - Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health, August 2012 - Bethesda, MD
  • 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 - St. Anselm College 20th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators and Clinicians: Partners in Developing Tomorrow’s Nurse, May 2012 - Resort and Conference Center, Hyannis, MA
  • “Back to the future”: Preparing APRNs for success in a post-Masters DNP program - Doctoral Education Conference, January 2012 - Naples, FL
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical Translational Science Research Symposium, November 2011 - UMass Conference Center, Shrewsbury MA
  • DNPs caring for the underserved after healthcare reform. - Fourth National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, Impacting Health Care Policy, September 2011 - New Orleans, LA
  • Nurturing Diversity in Health Professions: Challenges and Best Practices. - 11th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, June 2011 - Cape Town, South Africa
  • DNPs caring for the underserved after Massachusetts healthcare reform. - 37th Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, April 2011 - Albuquerque, NM
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, September 2010 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Use of Zoomerang to assess interest in nursing as a career choice. - Eastern Nursing Research Society, March 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: First Year Initiatives. - Nurse Faculty _ Nurse Executive Summit: Strategic Planning to Build Strategic Partnerships, December 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - Inauguration Weekês Achieving Excellence Through Partnerships _ UML and the Community, April 2008 - Wannalancit Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Dehydration reduction in the community-dwelling older adult. - Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • Violence and Assault of Licensed Nursing and CNA Staff in Long-Term Care: Case Study Analysis of Two Nursing Homes. - Gerontological Society of Americaês Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2005 - Orlando, FL
  • The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education: An Option for Nurse Practitioners Interested in Pursuing a Faculty Educator Role - 31st Annual Meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, April 2005 - Chicago, IL
  • Teaching Diversity: Sharing Content and Process. - Council on Diversity and Pluralism, University of Massachusetts Lowell, December 2004 - Lowell, MA
  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment (PHASE) in Healthcare: LTC Nursing Home Case Study. - The UML Qualitative Research Network, April 2004
  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment (PHASE) in Healthcare: LTC Nursing Home Case Study. - Gerontological Society of America for Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2003 - San Diego, CA
  • Staff Retention in Challenging Times: Nursing Education Opportunities at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. - Regional Meeting of the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation, March 2003 - Crowne Plaza, Woburn, MA
  • The Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Role: Process and Outcomes of Care, 1990-Present. - 55th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2002 - Boston, MA
  • Multidisciplinary Research Team Approaches to Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment in Health Care: Promises and Pitfalls. - Committee for Industrial Theory and Assessment Conference, November 2002 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Exercise for Life! Motivating Older Adults to Stay Active. - Towards Excellence in Gerontological Nursing Practice Conference, September 2001 - Kennebunkport, ME
  • Construct Validity of the Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity of Older Adults Scale. - 27th Annual National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, April 2001 - San Antonio, TX
  • Health Disparities Among Health Care Workers: Shiftwork., October 2000 - Tewksbury Hospital
  • Geriatric Wandering: Patient Locator Unit. - Second Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, Health Benefits From Entrepreneurial Innovative Research, July 2000 - Washington, DC
  • Faculty Website Show and Tell. - Faculty Teaching Institute, Alumni Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell, April 2000 - Lowell, MA
  • NP Role in Physical Activity and Exercise Counseling: Research and Curricular Implications. - National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 26th Annual Meeting, April 2000 - Washington, DC
  • The Scholarship of Teaching: Creating and Maintaining a Teaching Portfolio for Promotion, Tenure, and Professional Development. - National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 26th Annual Meeting, April 2000 - Washington, DC
  • Perceptions of Older Latinos Regarding Physical Fitness, Physical Activity, and Exercise. - 35th Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, November 1999 - San Diego, CA
  • Spanish Translation and Pilot Testing of the Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity of Older Adults Scale. - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, September 1999
  • Wandering and Technology Devices: Patient Locator Unit. - Founderês Day, Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, October 1998
  • Demographic Predictors of Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Among Older Adults. - National Primary Care Conference, November 1997 - Boston, MA
  • Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults: Implications for Health Promotion. - First annual University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Health Professions, Gerontological Colloquium, Update on Gerontological Issues: How Do We Care for Our Elders?, September 1997 - OêLeary Library, Lowell MA
  • Health Promotion in Older Adults: Focus on Physical Fitness and Exercise. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Preceptor Appreciation Day, April 1997 - OêLeary Library, Lowell MA
  • Evaluation of an Innovative Model of Academic and Service Collaboration: Impact on Gerontological Nursing Education. - Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting, February 1997 - Boston, MA
  • Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults. - Gerontological Society of America, Annual Scientific Meeting, November 1996 - Washington, DC
  • Older Adults and Physical Fitness: Testing of an Instrument. - Founderês Day, Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, September 1995 - UMass Lowell
  • Quality Clinical Placements: Establishing Practicum Experiences to Meet Increasing Student Demand. - Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing, Reorganizing Nursing Education: Creative Teaching Strategies Conference, May 1995 - Worcester State College
  • Evaluation of the Nursing Process and Outcomes of Care Utilizing Nurse Practitioners to Provide Health Care for Elderly Patients in Massachusetts Nursing Homes - Clinical Implications of Gerontological-Nursing Research for Long-Term Care Settings, March 1995 - Westford Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Westford, MA
  • The Preceptorship Role. - Monthly Business Meeting of the North Shore Nurse Practitioners, March 1995 - Peabody Holiday Inn, Peabody, MA
  • Older Adults Perceptions of Physical Fitness and Exercise. - Gerontological Society of America's 47th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 1994 - Atlanta, GA
  • Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults, Phase l. - Founder's Day, Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, October 1994 - UMass Lowell
  • Presenting Research at Professional Conferences. - Graduate Student Organization, College of Health Professions, April 1994 - UMass Lowell
  • Graduate Student Involvement in Aging Research: The Value of Interdisciplinary Faculty and Student Collaboration. - Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, March 1994 - Cleveland, OH
  • Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults. - llth Annual Nursing Honor Societies Alliance Conference, November 1993 - UMass Lowell
  • Presenting Research at Professional Conferences. - Graduate Student Organization, College of Health Professions, April 1993 - UMass Lowell
  • Nursing Process and Outcomes of Care Utilizing Nurse Practitioners to Provide Health Care for Elderly Patients in Massachusetts Nursing Homes. - National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 19th Annual Conference, April 1993 - Chicago, IL
  • Evaluation of the Effects of Alzheimer Support Groups in Assisting Caregivers to Cope. - Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting, March 1993 - Louisville, KY
  • Caregiving Responsibilities for Elderly Individuals Rendered by University Employees. - Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Annual Meeting, March 1992 - Baltimore, MD
  • Evaluation of the Effects of Alzheimer Support Groups In Assisting Caregivers to Cope. - Annual Founder's Day of Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, October 1991
  • Nurse Practitioners Improve Nursing Home Care. - First College of Health Professions Research Colloquium, April 1991
  • Nurse Practitioners Improve Care in Nursing Homes. - 8th Annual Nursing Honor Societies Alliance Conference, November 1990 - UMass Lowell
  • Elderly Health Promotion in Primary Care. - University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Geriatrics in Primary Care Conference, June 1990 - South Portland, ME
  • Nurse Practitioners Improve Care in Nursing Homes. - Faculty Research Development Conference, Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing/Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing, April 1990 - University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA
  • Nursing Practice and Policy Issues. - Gerontological Nurse Certification Examination Review course, September 1989 - Manchester, NH
  • Nursing Practice and Policy Issues. - Gerontological Nurse Certification Examination Review course, September 1988 - Manchester, NH
  • Women and Aging. - WOMANCARE 88 - Women's Health Care Conference, May 1988 - Manchester, NH
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioners in Long-Term Care: Who? What? Where? When? Why? - 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 1987 - Washington, DC
  • Competition in the Health Care Industry. - Northeast Regional Business and Economic Association Conference, November 1986 - Lowell, MA
  • Barriers to Effective Utilization of Nurse Practitioners: An Analysis of Status Attainment and Dual Labor Market Theories. - Nursing and Feminism Conference, June 1986 - New Haven, CT
  • Nurses as Women Treating Older Aging Women. - 37th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 1984 - San Antonio, TX

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Co-Investigator: Advanced Education Nursing Grant, UMass Lowell DNP (2010), Grant - U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing -- Educational Opportunities for Minority Students, (2010), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing BDN - Educational Opportunities (2009), Contract -
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • PI: Spanish Translation and Pilot Testing of the Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity of Older Adults Scale (1998), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International

Research Currently in Progress

  • Bring Diversity to Nursing: Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Nursing Students
    Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J., Abdallah, L.M., Knight, M., Simons, S.R.
  • Collaborative Post-Graduate Nurse Residency, in Partnerships with Lowell General Hospital and Genesis Healthcare

    Funded by the Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative, 2015-2016; Margaret Laccetti, Principal Investigator, with Drs. Lori Keough an Karen Devereaux Melillo (Co-Investigators).
    Melillo, K.D., Laccetti, M., Keough, L.A.