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Lisa Abdallah

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Lisa M. Abdallah, PhD, RN, CNEChair and Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4432
  • Fax
    (978) 934-2015
  • Office
    - HHS 213
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Research Interests

· Health Promotion and Risk Reduction for Older Adults & Informal Care Givers Health Care Delivery Models in the Care of Older Adults, Implementing & Evaluating Creative Teaching Methodologies in Nursing Education, Promoting Nursing as a Career Choice

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, MA

Biography

Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., RN, CNE, is Chair & Professor in the Susan & Alan 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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Tribute to Women Honoree for exemplary achievement and service to the community. (2015) - YWCA
  • 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

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Abdallah, L.M., Melillo, K., Van Etten, D., Lee, A., Remington, R., Gautam, R., Gore, R. (2015) "A Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey-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
  • Abdallah, L.M., Melilllo, K., Dodger, L., Dowling, J., Prendergast, N., Rathbone, A., Remington, R., Shellman, J., Thornton, C. (2014) "Developing a Dedicated Education Unit in Long-term Care: A Pilot Project," Geriatric Nursing 35:4 pp. 264-271
  • Abdallah, L.M., Melilllo, K., Findeisen, M., Knight, M. (2013) "Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Nursing Students.," Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal 20:2 pp. 100-104
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gautam, R., Abdallah, L.M., Markkanen, P., Lee, A.J. (2012) "Long-term Care in the United States and Finland: Policy Lessons to be Learned.," Journal of Gerontological Nursing 38:12 pp. 16-21
  • Abdallah, L.M., Simons, S.R., Catlin, A., Denney, A., Medas, J. (2012) "Feeding Tube Placement," American Journal of Nursing 112:5 pp. 12-12
  • Abdallah, L.M., Simons, S.R. (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
  • Abdallah, L.M., Flanagan, J., Melillo, K.D., Remington, R. (2007) "Interpreting Laboratory Values in the Rehabilitation Setting," Rehabilitation Nursing 32:2
  • Abdallah, L.M., Remington, R., 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
  • Abdallah, L.M., Dalton, J., 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

Selected 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
  • 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
  • Assessment in Higher Education, Assessing Student Learning Outcomes within and Across Disciplines, 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
  • Systematic Assessment of Curriculum Gaps to Improve Student Outcomes. - AMCOA Regional Conference, February 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 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
  • Harrowing tales of lecture capture: Why blended learning scares instructors, September 2011
  • Retention, Graduation, and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students. - NLN Education Summit, September 2011 - Orlando, FL
  • Shaping History, Reforming Health Care: The Power of Nursing Education - National League of Nursing, Education Summit, October 2010 - Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bring Diversity To Nursing - 6th New England Regional Minority Health Conference, October 2009 - Providence, RI
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing - UML Research: Creating the Future of the Commonwealth, April 2008 - Cumnock Hall, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA
  • Hydrate your way to health: Prevent dehydration. - Lowell General Hospital Healthy Aging Series, February 2008 - Pelham Senior Center, Pelham, NH
  • Dehydration reduction in the community-dwelling older adult - 60th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2007 - San Francisco, CA
  • 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

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • A Holistic Data Analytic Approach to Determine Impacts of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act (CARE) on Reducing Readmission and Mortality Rates among Older Adults (2018), Grant - Manning School of Business and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
    Kronrod , A. (Supporting), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal), Knight, M. (Co-Principal), Oztekin, A. (Co-Principal), Lee, H. (Supporting)
  • The CARE Act: Processes Affecting the Community/Caregiver Perspective of Caring for Older Adults (2018), Grant - Manning School of Business and the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
    Kronrod , A. (Supporting), Knight, M. (Principal), Evans, K. (Co-Principal), Summerfield, N. (Co-Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal), Oztekin, A. (Supporting)
  • Manning-Zuckerberg Mini-Grant (2018), Grant - Manning School of Business & Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
    Yang, Y. (Co-Principal), Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal), Oztekin, A. (Co-Principal), Zhang, N. (Co-Principal),
  • 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 (2011), Grant - Health Resources and Services Administration
    Abdallah, L.M.
  • 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)
  • Bring Diversity & Leadership to Nursing. HRSA, Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant (2011), Grant - HRSA
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Comparative Analysis of Alternative Primary Care Models in Institutional Long Term Care Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2011), Grant - UMASS, Lowell
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Echo 360 Lecture Capture Grant (2011), Grant - Echo
    Abdallah, L.M. (Principal)
  • Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing Education Redesign Grant (2011), Grant - UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit
    Abdallah, L.M. (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)
  • MDPH Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development, Educational Opportunities (2010), Grant - MDPH
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator)
  • UMass Lowell-D'Youville Transitional Care Dedicated Education Unit Partnership - (2011), Grant -
    Abdallah, L.M. (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)
  • 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)
  • On the Move for Nursing's Future: Bring Diversity to Nursing Mobile Simulation Laboratory (2010), Grant - HRSA ARRA
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2008), Grant - HRSA, Nursing- Division of Nursing
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Educational Opportunities for Minority Students. Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Work Force Development (2007), Grant - Bring Diversity to Nursing (BDN)
    Abdallah, L.M., Milillo, K., Dowling, J., Findeisen, M., Knight, M., Zhan, L.
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing, Reduction in Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development (2007), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Abdallah, L.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)
  • 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
    Abdallah, L.M. (Principal)
  • Health promotion in older socially isolated community dwelling adults (2007), Grant - Travelli Foundation
    Abdallah, L.M. (Supporting)
  • New Voices for Health & Environment (2007), Grant - School of Health and Environment Signature Initiative Grant
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Dehydration reduction in the community dwelling older adult. (2006), Grant - Summer Research Forum Seed Grant
    Abdallah, L.M. (Principal)
  • EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Boston
    Abdallah, L.M. (Principal)

Research Currently in Progress

  • A Nurse Practitioner Model for Delivering Primary and Coordinated Care to Adults with Disabilities

    Special Hope Foundation. Role- Consultant. As consultant I attend planning meetings monthly and take on outside project work for this grant of which purpose is to explore the feasibility of development of a NP primary care clinic for the Developmentally Disabled individuals who attend a Day Habitation program and preparation of a larger grant proposal for funding to support such a clinic. (7-01-14 - 6-30-15). Grant Award: $40,000. Consultant amount: $3000
    Abdallah, L.M.