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Karen Devereaux Melillo

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

Research Interests

Gerontological Nursing; Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Nurse Practitioner Role in Long-Term Care; Dementia - Wandering; Cognitive Health; Health Promotion - Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults; Nursing Workforce Diversity; Innovative Clinical Education Models

Dr. Melillo's major research focus is on gerontological and geropsychiatric nursing, with an emphasis on the role of the nurse practitioner in caring for older adults in primary care and long-term care settings. Health promotion of older adults, specifically physical activity and exercise, has been an area of research and scholarship. She has been PI or Co-Investigator on grants to promote innovative models of clinical and interprofessional education at the baccalaureate and MS NP levels. She has served as PI on nursing workforce diversity funded projects focusing on bringing diversity to nursing with recruitment, retention, and graduation of educationally and economically disadvantaged students, as well as those underrepresented in nursing, for nearly ten years.

Publications

Education

  • Ph D: Social Policy, with focus on aging, long-term care, and health care, (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
  • Other: Nursing, (1973), Massachusetts Bay Community College - Watertown, MA

Biography

Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D., A-GNP-C, FAANP, FGSA, is the Interim Dean and Professor, Solomont School of Nursing, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is the Director of the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships. Her prior leadership roles include serving as Director and Chair of the School of Nursing (2013-2014), Chair (2005-2013), and Coordinator of the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Specialty (2013-2014) and Coordinator of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Specialty (1985-2005). Publications

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Excellence Award, Geropsychiatric Special Interest Group, Member (2017) - Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Excellence in Community Service Award (2015) - Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
  • Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Certification, AANP-CP (2015-2020) (2015) - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners - Certification Program
  • 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)
  • AJN Book of the Year Award (2011) - American Journal of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2009), Scholarship/Research - Social Research, Policy and Practice Section, GSA
  • 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)
  • Listed as one of 15 Geriatric Nurse Leaders Today, in Ebersole, P. (2006) - Geriatric Nursing: Growth of a Specialty, New York: Springer Publishers
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member (2004) - Journal of Gerontological Nursing (2004 to present)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (2001 to present) (2001), Leadership - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Omega Chapter, President (2000-2002), Member (1984-Present) (2000)

Selected Publications

  • Melillo, K.D. (2017) "Geropsychiatric nursing: What's in your toolkit?," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 43:1 pp. 3-6
  • Gautam, R., Abdallah, L., Lee, A.J., Melillo, K.D., Remington, R. (Framingham State University), VanEtten, D. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Gore, R. (2016) "An MCBS-Based investigation of alternative primary care models in nursing homes: Cost and utilization difference," Research in Gerontological Nursing 9:3 pp. 115-122
  • Melillo, K.D., Remington, R., Lee, A.J., Abdallah, L.M., VanEtten, D., Gautam, R., Gore, R. (2015) "Comparison of nurse practitioner and physician practice models in nursing facilities.," Annals of Long-Term Care 23:12 pp. 19-24
  • Abdallah, L.M., VanEtten, D., Lee, A.J., Melillo, K.D., Remington, R., Gautam, R., Gore, R. (2015) "A MCBS-Based investigation of alternative primary care models in nursing homes: Functional ability and health status outcomes," Research in Gerontological Nursing 8:2 pp. 85 - 93
  • Gordon, S.J., Melillo, K.D., Nannini, A.M., Lakatos, B. (2013) "Bedside coaching to improve nurses' recognition of delirium.," Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 45:5 pp. 288-293
  • Melillo, K.D., Dowling, J. (2013) "Transitioning from a department to a school of nursing: What do the Deans have to say?," Sigma theta Tau International Biennial Convention
  • Abdallah, L.M., McDonough, C.C., Knight, M., Melillo, K.D., Markkanen, P. (2013) "Building interdisciplinary research: The cognitive health of older working adults," 3rd Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium; Community Engaged Research: Exploring the Reach, Impact & Value
  • Gautam, R., Abdallah, L.M., Houde, S., Lee, A., Turcotte, D., Melillo, K.D., Knight, M., Markkanen, P., Holmes, R., (2013) "Regional consortium of community engaged gerontology researchers," 3rd Annual Community Engagement and Research Symposium; Community Engaged Research: Exploring the Reach, Impact & Value
  • Abdallah, L.M., Knight, P., Simons, S., Dowling, J., Melillo, K.D. (2013) "Engaging middle and high school students in health careers: Reflections on seven years of progress with the bring diversity of nursing program," American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
  • Prendergast, N., Melillo, K.D. (2013) "Learn while you work: A skilled nursing center joins forces with a nursing school to create an academic-practice partnership," Provider Long Term & Post-Acute Care pp. 37-39
  • 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
  • Melillo, K.D. (2013) "Cognitive health and older workers: Policy implications.," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 39:6 pp. 13-8

Selected Presentations

  • Healthy Aging - Living Well: Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships, UMass Lowell, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences - 7th Annual Community-Engaged Research Symposium, March 2018 - UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA
  • Advancing excellence in the geropsychiatric nursing subspecialty: GAPNA Geropsychiatric Nursing Position Paper - Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association 2017 Annual Conference, October 2017 - Nashville, TN
  • The association of nurse practitioners' mortality risk assessment and advanced care planning discussions on patient outcomes - 2016 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference, October 2016 - Washington, DC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students - Concurrent Paper Session Presentation at the 2011 NLN Education Summit, November 2013 - Orlando, FL

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • 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), ,
  • Collaborative Post-Graduate Nurse Residency, in Partnership with Lowell General Hospital and Genesis Healthcare (2015), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Laccetti, M. (Principal), Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Keough, L.A. (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)
  • A Nurse Practitioner Model for Delivering Primary and Coordinated Care to Adults with Disabilities (2014), Grant - Special Hope Foundation
    Erickson, M.W. (Principal), Melillo, K.D. (Other), Lee, A.J. (Other), Abdallah, L.M. (Other)
  • The NP "Attending"and NP Education Unit: Two Models to Increase Faculty and Preceptor Capacity (2014), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal), King, V.L. (Co-Investigator), Keough, L.A. (Co-Investigator)
  • Advanced Nursing Education Grant, UMass Lowell DNP (2010), Grant - U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Houde, S. (Principal), Nannini, A.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Peer Mentorship Pilot P (2014), Contract - Mass. Department of Public Health
    Melillo, K.D. (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)
  • DNPs Caring for the Underserved in Massachusetts (2010), Grant - U.S. DHHS, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Advanced Nursing Education
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Houde, S. (Principal), Nannini, A.M. (Principal)
  • Comparative Analysis of Alternative Primary Care Models in Institutional Long Term Care Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2011), Grant - School of Health and Environment Seed Grant
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Lee, A.J. (Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Gautam, R. (Co-Investigator), Remington, R. (Co-Investigator), VanEtten, D. (Co-Investigator)
  • 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)
  • 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 (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 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)
  • Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment (PHASE) in Healthcare, Health Disparities Among Healthcare Workers (2000), Grant - : NIH, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, R-01-OH007381
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Slain, C. (Principal)
  • Evaluation of the Nursing Process and Outcomes of Care Utilizing Nurse Practitioners to Provide Health Care for Elderly Patients in Massachusetts Nursing Homes (1988), Grant - U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service.
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)