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Lisa Abdallah

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Lisa M. AbdallahChair and Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College 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
  • Profile URLs

Research Interests

Long Term Care, Quality Improvement Initiatives in Nursing Homes, Nurse Practitioner Practice Models in Nursing Homes. Informal Caregiver for Older Adults support and education

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, PhD, RN, CNE, is Chair & Professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a John A. Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Scholar and a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator. Lisa has over thirty years of combined experience in the provision of nursing care to the older adult population as well as educating future nurses to provide care to this population. Lisa developed and tested a scale that examined the roles and practice activities of Nurse Practitioners who care for older adults in Nursing Homes, known as the ENPRAS. This scale has been requested by researchers nationally and internationally to examine Nurse Practitioner Practice. Lisa areas of research focus on Health Care Delivery models for older adults which include Nurse Practitioner Practice, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction for Older Adults and their families, Nursing Workforce Diversity, Implementing & Evaluating Creative Teaching Methodologies in Nursing Education, and Promoting Nursing as a career choice. Her current teaching focus is in Nursing Assessment and 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.

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

  • Lee, A.J., Gautam, R., Melillo, K.D., Abdallah, L., 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 differences," Research in Gerontological Nursing 9:3 pp. 115-122
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • 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
  • 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
  • PI: Dehydration reduction in the community dwelling older adult. (2006), Grant - Summer Research Forum Seed Grant
    Abdallah, L.M.
  • PI: EverCare Nurse Practitioner Practice Activities: Similarities and Differences across Five Sites (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Boston
    Abdallah, L.M.

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.