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Lisa Abdallah

Lisa Abdallah
Lisa M. AbdallahChair and Professor
  • CollegeCollege of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentSusan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone(978) 934-4432
  • Fax(978) 934-2015
  • Office - HHS 213
  • EmailLisa_Abdallah@uml.edu
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Research Interests

Long Term Care, Quality Improvement Initiatives in Nursing Homes, Nurse Practitioner Practice Models in Nursing Homes.

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing, (2003), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences Across Five Sites.
  • MS: Nursing Administration/Gerontological Nursing, (1993), University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Effect of Hospitalization on the Functional Ability of the Frail Elderly Nursing Home Patient.
  • BS: Nursing, (1982), Fitchburg State College - Fitchburg Massachusetts

Biography

Lisa Abdallah, PhD, RN, CNE, is Chair & Associate Professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a John A. Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Scholar. For over 20 years Lisa has been working as a nurse educator preparing the future generation of nurse professionals. Her current teaching focus is in the nursing care of the older adult. Prior to her work in the academic setting, Lisa has been a Director of Nursing in Long Term Care, a Director of Staff Development in Long Term Care, as well as cared for hospitalized adults in the medical-surgical setting. Her areas of research focus on Health Promotion and Risk Reduction for Older Adults; Health Care Delivery Models in the Care of Older Adults; Implementing & Evaluating Creative Teaching Methodologies in Nursing Education, and Promoting Nursing as a Career Choice.

Awards and Honors

  • Invited participant in Echo Lecture Capture Super User Symposium. (2011), Service, Professional - University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Department and Echo Lecture Caption
  • Faculty Appreciation Award (2010), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Faculty Recognition Award (2010), Service, University - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Outstanding Volunteer Leadership (2010), Leadership - Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • UML Student Government Association Teacher Award for the School of Health & Environment (2010), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Excellence in Nursing Practice (2009), Service, Professional - Theta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), Teaching - Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Faculty Recognition Award (2009) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Outstanding Leadership Award (2006), Leadership - Lawrence YMCA
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2004), Teaching - Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Hartford Institute/AJN Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholar (2004), Scholarship/Research - John A./Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research, New York University, New York
  • John A Hartford Geriatric Research Summer Scholar (2004), Scholarship/Research - John A Hartford Foundation
  • Best Student Research Poster Award (2003), Scholarship/Research - Massachusetts Gerontological Society's Spring Research Meeting. Waltham, MA
  • Graduate Program Book Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing PhD Program (2003), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Best Practice in Online Teaching Award (2001), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Boston and UMass Online
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Gerontological Educational Scholarship. (2001), Scholarship/Research - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Gerontological Educational
  • Lawrence YMCA Auction Volunteer Award (2001), Service, Community - Lawrence YMCA
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Gerontological Educational Scholarship. (2000), Scholarship/Research - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Gerontological Educational
  • Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award (2000), Leadership - Merrimack Valley YMCA
  • Pearl Rosendahl Excellence in Nursing Education Award (2000), Teaching - Theta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Margaret Anderson Memorial Scholarship (1997), Scholarship/Research - Theta Alpha Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society in Nursing
  • Academic Excellence Award from Graduate Program in Nursing (1993), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Recipient of the Greater Lowell A.H.E.C. Nurse Recognition Award for Excellence in Medical/Surgical Nursing (1986), Service, Professional - Greater Lowell A.H.E.C

Publications

  • Markkanen, P., Abdallah, L.M., Lee, A.J., Gautam, R. (2012) "Long-term care in the United States and Finland: Policy lessons to be learned.," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 38:12 pp. 16-21
  • Catlin, A., Denney, A., Medas, J., Simons, S.R., Abdallah, L.M. (2012) "Feeding tube placement," American Journal of Nursing 112:5 pp. 12-12
  • Simons, S.R., Abdallah, L.M. (2012) "Bedside assessment of enteral tube placement: Aligning practice with evidence.," American Journal of Nursing 112:2 pp. 40-6; quiz 48, 47
  • Abdallah, L.M., Remington, R., Houde, S., Zhan, L., Melillo, K.D. (2009) "Dehydration Reduction in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: perspectives of community health care providers," Research in Gerontological Nursing 2:1 pp. 49
  • Abdallah, L.M. (2008) "Reflective teaching with technology: use of a personal response system and publisher's Web site to enhance students' performance in a nursing assessment and skills," Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 12:1 pp. 9-9
  • Abdallah, L.M., 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.M., Remington, R. (2007) "Interpreting laboratory values in the rehabilitation setting," Rehabilitation Nursing 32:2
  • Remington, R., Abdallah, L.M., Melillo, K.D., Flanagan, J. (2006) "Managing problem behaviors associated with dementia," Rehabilitation Nursing 31:5 pp. 186-192
  • Abdallah, L.M., Fawcett, J., Kane, R., Dick, K., Chen, J. (2005) "Development and psychometric testing of the EverCare Nurse Practitioner Role and Activity Scale (ENPRAS)," Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 17:1 pp. 21-6
  • Abdallah, L.M. (2005) "EverCare nurse practitioner practice activities: similarities and differences across five sites.," Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 17:9 pp. 355-62
  • Dalton, J., Abdallah, L.M., Hastert-Cestari, L., Fawcett, J. (2004) "Using existing health care organization data from OASIS and MDS for Orem s self-care framework- based research," Self-Care, Dependent-Care, and Nursing 12: pp. 10-14
  • Abdallah, L.M. () "John A Hartford Institute Geriatric Research Scholar,"
  • Abdallah, L.M., Cestari, L., Stuart-Shor, E., Russell, G., Yoder, A. (2000) "Students Summarize Candidates' Stance," Nursing Spectrum 14: pp. 16-17

Presentations

  • Assessment in Higher Education, Assessing Student Learning Outcomes within and Across Disciplines, 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
  • Comparative Analysis of Alternative Primary Care Models in Institutional Long Term Care Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. - School of Health & Environment Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Dedication Education Unit in Long-term Care: UMass Lowell and DêYouville Center for Advanced Therapy Partnership for Transitional Care-Development, Implementation and Evaluation of an Innovative Clinical Education Model. - School of Health & Environment Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Infusing Active Learning Strategies into a Lecture Based Nursing Course. - School of Health & Environment Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Systematic Assessment of Curriculum Gaps to Improve Student Outcomes. - AMCOA Regional Conference, February 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course. - Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient (Part 1), February 2012 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course. - Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient (Part 2)., February 2012 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • - Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing, 41st Biennial Convention, November 2011 - Grapevine, TX
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical Translational Science Research Symposium, November 2011 - UMass Conference Center, Shrewsbury MA
  • - New Faculty Orientation and Welcome Reception, October 2011 - University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Inn & Conference Center
  • Harrowing tales of lecture capture: Why blended learning scares instructors, September 2011
  • Leading Academic Progression, Advancing the Health of the Nation - National League for Nursing Summit, September 2011 - Orlando, Florida
  • Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students. - NLN Education Summit, September 2011 - Orlando, FL
  • Where is the Evidence? Bedside Assessment of Nasogastric Feeding Tube Placement - 15th Annual Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Conference, June 2011 - NYU Langone Medical Center, NY
  • How to Build a Research Trajectory - Honors Program Seminar Course, March 2011 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course. - Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient (Part 2), March 2011 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course. - Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient (Part 1), February 2011 - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Shaping History, Reforming Health Care: The Power of Nursing Education - National League of Nursing, Education Summit, October 2010 - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium, October 2010 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Rising to the Challenge: Promoting Quality Gerontological Nursing Care across all Settings. - Boston Area Chapter of the National Gerontological Nurses Association Meeting, September 2010 - OêKeefe Auditorium, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • - Faculty Development Centerês, New Faculty Reception, September 2010 - University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Inn & Conference Center
  • The Use of Multiple Technologies (Apreso Lecture Capturing System, Personal Response Clickers and Blackboard Course Management) to Support Teaching and Learning in Large Lecture-Based Nursing Courses - St. Anslem Collegeês 18th Annual Conference for Nurse Educators: Nursing Education: Best Practices, June 2010 - Sea Crest Resort & Conference Center, North Falmouth, MA
  • The Impact of Shock Market Performance on R&D Expenditures: Do Short Term Market Pressures Affect Long Term Investments? - Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 2010 - Portland, ME
  • The Use of Multiple Technologies (Apreso Course Capturing System, Personal Response Clicker System and a Blackboard Course Management Site) to Support Teaching and Learning in a Large Lecture Based Course. - First Annual University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Development Conference, April 2010 - UML Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Chain of Infection. - Snapshot Presentation for Accepted Students, April 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Integumentary Considerations in the Elderly Patient. - Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course, March 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient. - Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course, March 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Obesity & Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. - Snapshot Presentation for Accepted Students, March 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Bring Diversity To Nursing - 6th New England Regional Minority Health Conference, October 2009 - Providence, RI
  • How to Build a Research Trajectory. - Honors Program Seminar Course, October 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • Ethics in Professional Disciplines. - Honors Program Seminar Course, April 2009 - Lowell, MA
  • Use of Zoomerang to assess interest in nursing as a career choice - Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, March 2009 - Boston, MA
  • The Significance of Dehydration in the Elderly. - Nursing Research Rounds, January 2009 - Bedford VA Memorial Hospital, Bedford Massachusetts
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - Nurse Faculty Nurse Executive Summit, December 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Overview of Nursing as a Career. - Values & Creative Thinking: Health & Environment Freshman Seminar, October 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Putting things into perspective: Gerontological nursing- who we are, what we do, how it makes a difference. - Annual Gerontological Nursing Conference, September 2008 - Kennebunkport, ME
  • Accomplishment Through Collaboration. - MassAHEC Network 30th Anniversary Celebration, September 2008 - UMass Medical School, Worcester MA
  • Gerontological nursing opportunities & The Bring Diversity to Nursing Program (BDN) at UMass Lowell. - Lawrence Latino Nursing Program, June 2008 - Lawrence, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - Inauguration Weeks Achieving Excellence Through Partnerships _ UML and the Community, April 2008 - Wannalancit Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - UML Research: Creating the Future of the Commonwealth, April 2008 - Cumnock Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Integumentary Considerations in the Elderly Patient. - Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course, March 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Medication Considerations in the Elderly Patient. - Geriatric Rehabilitation Graduate Level Course, March 2008 - Lowell, MA
  • Hydrate your way to health: Prevent dehydration. - Lowell General Hospital Healthy Aging Series, February 2008 - Pelham Senior Center, Pelham, NH
  • Healthy Young Adult Life Style Practices. - Lawrence High School Basketball Team Mentoring Program, December 2007 - Lawrence High School, Lawrence MA
  • Building a research trajectory: From dissertation to tenure track faculty. - Nursing PhD Colloquium, Nursing PhD Program, December 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Dehydration reduction in the community-dwelling older adult - 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • The Era of Global Aging: Challenges & Opportunities - 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • Making a Difference through Service. - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Induction Ceremony, November 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Tablets at the Bedside: Accuracy Testing of Secure Wireless-Based Data Entry in a Nursing Education Laboratory. - 25th Annual International Nursing Computer & Technology Conference, June 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • Careers in Nursing. - Lawrence High School for Health and Human Services, Career Day, May 2007 - Lawrence, MA
  • Careers in Nursing. - Lawrence YMCA Teen Achiever Career Night, April 2007 - Lawrence, MA
  • Tablets at the Bedside: Accuracy testing of Secure Wireless-Based Data Entry in a Nursing Education Laboratory. - University of Massachusetts Instructional Technology Conference, April 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Public Health Partnerships and Their Challenges - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Committee on Industrial Theory & Assessment, 2007 Conference, Community University Partnerships: How Do We Achieve the Promise?, April 2007
  • Strengthening Teen Programs in Lawrence Massachusetts through a Community-University Partnership. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Committee on Industrial Theory & Assessment, Community-University Partnerships: How Do We Achieve the Promise?, April 2007 - Wannalancit Mills, Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) examination review for senior nursing students. Management of clients with respiratory illness., March 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Staying away from drugs: Becoming aware of dangers from nicotine, alcohol, & street drug use. - Lawrence YMCA Pre-Teen achiever mentorship program, April 2006 - Lawrence, MA
  • Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) examination review for senior nursing students. Management of clients with respiratory illness., March 2006 - Lowell, MA
  • Taking care of your self: hygiene, nutrition, and healthy behavior. - Lawrence YMCA Pre-Teen achiever mentorship program, March 2006 - Lawrence, MA
  • Chronic disease in the elderly., September 2004 - Lowell, MA
  • Gerontological nursing opportunities. - Lawrence Latino Nursing Program, June 2004 - Lawrence, MA
  • Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI) review for senior nursing students on the management of clients with diseases of the integumentary system., April 2004 - Lowell, MA
  • EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites - Gerontological Society of America 56th Annual Scientific Meeting, 2003 - San Diego, California
  • Our Future Selves:Research, Education and Services for Early Development and Childhood in an Aging Society - Gerontological Society of America, 56th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2003 - San Diego, CA
  • EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites. - Massachusetts Gerontological Society Spring Research Meeting, May 2003 - Waltham, MA
  • Geriatric respiratory emergencies. - Clinical Advances in Gerontological Nursing Series, October 2002 - Roslindale, MA
  • Utilization of asynchronous learning networks as an enhancement to student learning and assessment in synchronous learning environments & the role of collaborative practices between faculty and instructional designers in successful course design - Best Practices in Online Teaching Seminar, April 2001 - Boston, MA
  • Living and dying with dignity. Life Enrichment Transition Studies (LETS) Program., April 2001 - Boston MA
  • The Importance of continued scholarship support for gerontological nursing education. - Nursing & Employee Scholarship Reception, September 2000 - Roslindale, MA
  • Health Policy Issues in the 2000 Presidential Elections. - University of Massachusetts Boston Convocation, September 2000 - Boston MA
  • Assessment for cardiac disorders in the elderly client. - Clinical Advances in Gerontological Nursing Series, March 2000 - Borkum Auditorium, Roslindale, MA
  • Health and nutrition during adolescence and health career opportunities. - Mellon Academy Saturday program for girls at the Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, January 2000 - Boston MA
  • Med math workshop: Tips to make it easy. - University of Massachusetts Student Nurse Association meeting, December 1999 - Boston MA
  • Nursing documentation in a long term care setting. - Nursing Educational Series, May 1999 - Roslindale, MA
  • Physical assessment of the respiratory system in the elderly client. - Nursing Education Series, April 1999 - Roslindale, MA
  • Proper body mechanics and transferring techniques for the elderly client. - Nurse Assistant Training Program, May 1997 - La Alianza Hispana, Roxbury, MA
  • Med math workshop: Tips to make it easy. - University of Massachusetts Boston Student Nurses Association meeting, May 1997 - Boston MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing Education Redesign Grant UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit (2011), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • PI: Dehydration reduction in the community dwelling older adult. (2006), Grant - Summer Research Forum Seed Grant
  • PI: Professional Development Research Grant (2004), Grant - Provost Office
  • PI: EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites (2002), Fellowship - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Gerontological Scholarship
  • PI: EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • PI: EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences Across Five Sites (2001), Grant - College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Boston.
  • PI: Professional Staff Development Grant (1996), Grant - University of Massachusetts, Boston, Office of Sponsored Projects and Public Service
  • Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing (2011), Grant - Health Resources and Services Administration
    Abdallah, L.M.
  • Co-Investigators: Bring Diversity & Leadership to Nursing. HRSA, Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant (2011), Grant - HRSA
  • UML Echo360 Lecture Program (2011), -
    Abdallah, L.M. (Principal)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Peer Mentorship Pilot P (2014), Contract -
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2012), Grant -
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Co-PI: Comparative Analysis of Alternative Primary Care Models in Institutional Long Term Care Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2011), Grant - UMASS, Lowell
  • Co-PI: Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing Education Redesign Grant (2011), Grant - UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit
  • PI: Echo 360 Lecture Capture Grant (2011), Grant - Echo
  • Co-Investigators: MDPH Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development, Educational Opportunities (2010), Grant - MDPH
  • UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit Partnership - (2011), Grant -
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Co-Investigators: On the Move for Nursing's Future: Bring Diversity to Nursing Mobile Simulation Laboratory (2010), Grant - HRSA ARRA
  • Co-Investigator: Bring Diversity to Nursing (2008), Grant - HRSA, Nursing- Division of Nursing
  • Co-Investigators: Bring Diversity to Nursing, Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development (2007), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • PI: Reaching Out for Care of the Elderly: Sophomore Nursing Student Preparation for the Department of Public Health Certification Examination for Nursing Assistants (2009), Grant - School of Health & Environment
  • Consultant: Health promotion in older socially isolated community dwelling adults (2007), Grant - Travelli Foundation
  • Co-Investigator: New Voices for Health & Environment (2007), Grant - School of Health and Environment Signature Initiative Grant
  • Dehydration reduction in the community dwelling older adult. (2006), Sponsored Research - UMass Lowell Summer Research Forum

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.