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Margaret Knight
Margaret Knight, PhD, PMHCNSAssociate Chair, Associate Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Susan and Alan Solomont School of Nursing
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4471
  • Fax
    (978) 934-2015
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 211
  • Email

Research Interests

Mental Health (Community & Psychiatric Inpatients). Metabolic Risk factors for individuals with MH problems Cognition, Depression & Dementia in Older adults Diversity education.

Education

  • Ph D: Nursing Science, (2000), University of Rhode Island - Kingston, Rhode Island
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Cognitive Function and Food Preparation Ability in Chronic Schizophrenia.
  • MS: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, (1980), Boston College School of Nursing - Boston, MA
  • BS: Professional Nursing, (1978), Northeastern University - Boston, MA
  • Other: Professional Nursing, (1975), Northeastern University College of Nursing - Boston, MA

Biography

Margaret Knight is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island in 2000; her dissertation was focused on cognitive function in schizophrenia. She is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Specialist with over 30 years experience, primarily working with people experiencing mood disorders and psychotic disorders. In addition, she has several years of experience working with older adults who experience cognitive problems. Knight’s recent research has focused on alternative nursing interventions promoting positive outcomes for persons hospitalized with mental health problems. This research has included sensory interventions, mindfulness interventions and organizational protocols to reduce falls in acute psychosis. The bulk of this work has taken place at McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts, a Partners affiliated psychiatric facility. More recently, Knight has developed a research program focused on Metabolic Risk and Metabolic Syndrome in persons with serious mental health problems. From an educational perspective, Knight has been a co-investigator in the Bring Diversity to Nursing Program. This program has been funded since 2008 (2008-2011; 2012 no-cost extension; 2012-2015) through the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D19HP09221-01-02 and title Nursing Workforce Diversity. The program has also received funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, "Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development Grant", 2007-2014, for the pre-entry recruitment activities and faculty cultural competency workshops. She has several publications in peer review journals such as the Journal of Cultural Diversity, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Issues in Mental Health Nursing and the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. Knight is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (Past President of the New England Chapter), Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Omega Chapter (Past President), Eastern Nursing Research Society, and the American Public Health Association.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Departmental Teaching Award (2018) - Solomont School of Nursing
  • Award for Service (2015), Service, Professional - Sigma Theta Tau International Eta Omega Chapter
  • Grace Sills Award (2015), Service, Professional - New England Chapter American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Teaching Excellence Award (2010), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA
  • Partners in Excellence Award (2009), Scholarship/Research - Partners Healthcare System, Boston MA
  • Partners in Excellence Award (2008), Scholarship/Research - Partners Healthcare System, Boston MA
  • Nancy M. Valentine Excellence in Leadership Award (2007), Leadership - New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • Partners in Excellence Award (2006), Scholarship/Research - Partners Healthcare System, Boston MA
  • Partners in Excellence Award (2001), Scholarship/Research - Partners Healthcare System, Boston MA
  • Pride in Performance Award (1991), Scholarship/Research - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Selected Publications

  • Walsh, J., Knight, M. (UMass Lowell), Lee, J. (UMass Lowell) () "Diagnostic errors: Impact of an educational intervention on pediatric primary care. ," Journal of Pediatric Health care
  • Knight, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Bolton, P. (McLean Hospital), Kopeski, L. (McLean Hospital) () "Providing Physical Care to Persons With Serious Mental Illness: Attitudes, Confidence, Barriers and Psychological Empowerment," Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
  • Bolton, P. (McLean Hospital), Knight, M. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), Kopeski, L. (McLean Hospital) (2016) "Metabolic Syndrome- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Knowledge of Risks and Care Practices," Journal of Psychiatric and mental health Nursing 54:11 pp. 44-53
  • Knight, M., Patch, M.C., Phillips-McEnany, G., Chavas, E., Hawkins, D. (2015) "A Simple Screening Tool for Metabolic Syndrome Risk in the Psychiatric Patient Treated with Antipsychotic Medication," Clinical Nursing Studies 3:2 pp. p115
  • Knight, M., Bolton, P., Coakley, C., Kopeski, L., Slifka, K. (2015) "Nursing Care for Lifestyle Behavioral Change," Issues in Mental Health Nursing 36:6 pp. 464-473
  • Knight, M., Pultinas, D., Collins, S., Sellig, C., Freeman, D., Strimaitis, C., Simms, N., Silver, R. (2014) "Teaching Mindfulness on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit," Mindfulness 5:3 pp. 259-267
  • 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
  • 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
  • Knight, M. (2011) "Access to Mental Health Care among Older Adults," Journal of gerontological nursing 37:3 pp. 16-21
  • Knight, M., Adkison, L., Kovach, J.S. (2010) "A Comparison of Multisensory and Traditional Interventions on Inpatient Psychiatry and Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Units," Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services 48:1 pp. 24-31
  • Knight, M., Coakley, C. (2010) "Fall Risk in Patients with Acute Psychosis," Journal of nursing care quality 25:3 pp. 208-215
  • Knight, M., Houseman, E.A. (2008) "A Collaborative Model for the Treatment of Depression in Homebound Elders," Issues in Mental Health Nursing 29:9 pp. 974-991
  • Knight, M. (2000) "Cognitive Ability and Functional Status," Journal of advanced nursing 31:6 pp. 1459-1468
  • Knight, M., Moore, P., Berman, K., Devine, J. (1995) "Constant Observation: Implications for Nursing Practice.," Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services 33:3 pp. 46-50

Selected Presentations

  • 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
  • Metabolic Risk Among Persons with Mental Illness. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, School of Health and Environment, Faculty Research Day, April 2012 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Systematic Assessment of Curriculum Gaps to Improve Student Outcomes. - Vision Project: Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment, February 2012 - UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Fall Risk in Patients with Acute Psychosis., January 2012 - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - University of Massachusetts Worcester, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, November 2011
  • Teaching Mindfulness on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. - 25th Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, October 2011 - Anaheim, CA
  • Retention, Graduation and NCLEX-RN Success of Minority Nursing Students. - National League for Nurses Education Summit, September 2011 - Orlando, FL
  • Addressing Fall Risk in Patients with Acute Psychosis. - Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey; Successful Models for Reducing Falls and Falls with Harm, May 2011 - Princeton NJ
  • Finding Evidence in Practice to Solve Clinical Problems. - Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey; Successful Models for Reducing Falls and Falls with Harm, May 2011 - Princeton NJ
  • Pro Re Nata Medication Administration in a Psychiatric Inpatient Setting. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, School of Health and Environment, Faculty Research Day, April 2011 - UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Examining Clinical Problems: Clinical Research to Improve Life for Vulnerable Populations. - University of Massachusetts Lowell, School of Health and Environment, Faculty Research Day., April 2011 - UMass Inn and Conference Center, Lowell MA
  • Diversity in Health Care. - Parker Lecture Series, March 2011 - UML Inn and Conference Center, Lowell, MA
  • Pro Re Nata Medication Administration in a Psychiatric Inpatient Setting. - McLean Hospital Research Day, January 2011 - Belmont, MA
  • Teaching Mindfulness on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. - McLean Hospital Research Day, January 2011 - Belmont, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - University of Massachusetts Lowell Faculty Research Day, November 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • Fall Risk in Patients with Acute Psychosis. - 24th Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, October 2010 - Louisville, KY
  • Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration: From the Committee to the Community. - Pricilla Aikenhead Lecture, McLean Hospital Grand Rounds, October 2010 - Belmont MA
  • Pronounced and sustained tachycardia associated with the use of atypical antipsychotics during inpatient hospitalization. - College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting, April 2010 - San Antonio, TX
  • Falls antipsychotic medication clinical implications. - McLean Hospital Research Day, January 2010 - Belmont, MA
  • Identifying Problems for Clinical Research. - McLean Hospital Interdisciplinary Research Group, December 2009 - McLean Hospital, Belmont MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - New England Regional Minority Health Conference, October 2009 - Providence, RI
  • Depression and Dementia: Navigating Diagnosis & Early Treatment. - Massachusetts General Hospital Alumni Association, September 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Depression and Dementia: Navigating Diagnosis & Early Treatment. - Nurse Practitioners Association for Continuing Education Annual Conference, April 2009 - New Orleans, LA
  • Managing PTSD in Practice: Critical Considerations. - Nurse Practitioners Association for Continuing Education Annual Conference, April 2009 - New Orleans, LA
  • Use of zoomerang to assess interest in nursing as a career choice - Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, March 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Falls antipsychotic medication clinical implications. - Quality Leadership Summit, March 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. - Nurse Faculty Nurse Executive Summit, December 2008 - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Identifying Patterns of Escalation: A Novel Approach to Care. - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital Nursing Research Grand Rounds, October 2008 - Bedford, MA
  • Beyond Behavior: Creating Understanding. - New England Psychiatric Nurses Association Fall Conference., September 2008 - Brattleboro VT
  • Nursing Research: It's Time to Get Jazzed Up. - McLean Hospital Nurses Day Celebration, May 2008 - McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
  • Evidence Based Practice for Inpatient Psychiatric Nurses. - McLean Hospital Nursing Alumni Association, May 2008 - Belmont, MA
  • Identifying Patterns of Escalation: A Novel Approach to Care. - 21st Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, October 2007 - Kissimmee, FL
  • Sensory Stimulation Interventions: Managing Psychiatric Symptoms. - 21st Annual Conference of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, October 2007 - Kissimmee, FL
  • Managing Psychiatric Disorders in Home Health., November 2006 - Waltham, MA
  • Quality Initiatives to Minimize Seclusion & Restraint. - New England American Psychiatric Nurses Association Convention, April 2005 - Stowe, VT
  • Depression in Homebound Elders. - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 18th Annual Conference, October 2004 - Phoenix, Arizona
  • Depression in Homebound Elders. - Eastern Nursing Research Society, April 2004 - Quincy, MA
  • Combating Barriers for the Bipolar Patient. - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 16th Annual Conference, October 2002 - Dallas, TX
  • Cognitive Deficits and Functional Outcomes: Determining Successful Outcomes in the Chronic Mentally Ill. - The Sixth Annual Northeast Regional Psychiatric Nursing Conference, September 2001 - Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Collaboration Among Primary Care and Homecare Providers: Managing Depression and Dementia in the Elderly. - The Sixth Annual Northeast Regional Psychiatric Nursing Conference, September 2001 - Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Medication Education for Children: is it Worthwhile? - Advocates for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, June 1998 - Belmont, MA
  • Current Issues in Mood Disorders Across the Life Span., March 1997 - Memorial Health Care, Worcester, Ma
  • Welcome to the Community: Optimizing the Long Term Treatment of Schizophrenia. - Contemporary Forums, Psychiatric Nursing Conference, May 1995 - Boston, Ma
  • HIV Risk in Chronic Mentally Ill Clients. - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Innovations in Research, June 1994 - Boston, MA
  • HIV Risk in Chronic Mentally Ill Clients. - Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Nursing, November 1993 - Chicago, IL
  • HIV Risk in Chronic Mentally Ill Clients. - Fifteenth Southeastern Conference of Clinical Specialists in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, September 1993 - Charleston, SC

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)
  • 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 (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)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Peer Mentorship Pilot P (2014), Contract -
    Knight, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing (2012), Grant -
    Knight, 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)
  • The Assessment of Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Outcomes in an Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Population. (2009), Grant - McLean Hospital
    Knight, M. (Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. Training Grant (2011), Grant - Department of Health & Human Services
    Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • 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 - Workforce Development, Educational Opportunities
    Knight, M. (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
    Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing. Training Grant (2008), Grant - Department of Health & Human Services
    Knight, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • MDPH Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Workforce Development, Educational Opportunities Grant (2007), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Health
    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)
  • Depression and Homebound Elders (2002), Grant - Charles H. Farnsworth Trust
    Knight, M. (Principal)
  • Community Personal Management Scale: Establishing Initial Psychometric Properties (1998), Grant - The Society for Education and Research in Psychiatric Nursing Mental Health Nursing
    Knight, M. (Principal)

Research Currently in Progress

  • The CARE Act: Processes Affecting the Community/Caregiver Perspective of Caring for Older Adults
    Summerfield, N., Evans, K., Knight, M.