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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

Her 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, is also an area of research interest. Innovative models of clinical and interprofessional education at the baccalaureate and MS NP levels, with an emphasis on infusing gerontological nursing, have been areas of funding and evaluation research. Nursing workforce development focusing on bringing diversity to nursing with recruitment, retention, and graduation of educationally and economically disadvantaged students, as well as those underrepresented in nursing, has been an area of funding for nearly ten years.

She earned her Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School for the Advanced Study of Social Welfare in 1990, where her studies focused on aging, long-term care and health policy. She received her Master of Science Degree in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Lowell in 1978, which prepared her as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. In 1998, she was awarded the Francis Cabot Lowell Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health Professions at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In 2009, she was selected as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She was also selected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and for the Distinguished Alumni Award from Massachusetts Bay Community College, both in 2001. Since coming to the University in 1982, she has established an active research program on the utilization of Nurse Practitioners in institutional long-term care, for which she received the American College of Health Care Administrators Long-Term Care Research Award. Her research has focused on health promotion, specifically physical fitness and exercise activity of older adults, as well as the application of a wandering technology device for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. She was Principal Investigator on a funded grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Nursing Workforce Diversity (D19HP009221, 2012-2016; D19HP08221, 2008-2012) and from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Workforce Development grant (2007-2014), for the Bring Diversity to Nursing project, totaling over $2M. She was also Principal Investigator on a Mass. Department of Higher Education Nursing and Allied Health Grant, “Increasing Nurse Practitioner Preceptor and Faculty Capacity”, 2014-2015, and Co-Investigator on a Mass. Department of Higher Education Nursing and Allied Health Grant, “Collaborative Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program – UMass Lowell School of Nursing, Lowell General Hospital, and Genesis Healthcare”, 2015-2016. She served as Co-Investigator on a HRSA-funded Advanced Education in Nursing grant, “DNPs Caring for Underserved”, with Co-Principal Investigators, Susan Houde, Ph.D. and Angela Nannini, Ph.D., (D09HP19005-01, 2010-2013), in the amount of $732,044. She was a Co-Investigator with Jacqueline Dowling, Ph.D., PI, on a HRSA Workforce Diversity Equipment Grant, 2010-2011, “On the move for nursing’s future: Bring diversity to nursing mobile simulation laboratory”, $299,980. She was a Co-Investigator on a 5-year, $3.5M National Institutes of Health, NIOSH-funded study on “Health Disparities Among Healthcare Workers,” where she led the qualitative case study research effort in two nursing homes. She was Principal Investigator on the Mass. Department of Higher Education’s Nursing and Allied Health Initiative grant, “UMass Lowell/D’Youville Partnership in Establishing Dedicated Education Unit in a LTC Transitional Care Setting” (2011-2012). Dr. Melillo has over 60 peer-reviewed publications. The second edition of Melillo, K.D. & Houde, S.C. (Eds.) Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (2011) received the 2011 AJN Book of the Year Award, placing first in two categories, mental health and gerontologic nursing. She is a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals, including Geriatric Nursing, and is an Editorial Advisory Board member for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. Nationally, she was an Objective Review Committee member for the HRSA-16-071 Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program, and she has served as an Expert Panel member on the American Academy of Nursing/Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Geropsychiatric Nursing Core Competency Workgroup and on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing/Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s, Transitioning to Adult-Gerontology APRN Education: Ensuring the APRN Workforce is Prepared to Care for Older Adults, NP Expert Panel. She is active in a number of national professional associations and state task forces, and has served on local Boards, including D’Youville Life and Wellness Community. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation. She was recognized with the 2015 Excellence in Community Service Award by the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. She is Past-President of the Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. Melillo is nationally board-certified as an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Link to Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/49010558/?sort=date&direction=descending

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).

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence Award, Geropsychiatric Special Interest Group, Member (2017), Service, Professional - 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), Service, Professional - American Journal of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2009), Scholarship/Research
  • 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. (2006), Service, Professional - 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)

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 Differences," Research in Gerontological Nursing 9:3 pp. 115-122
  • 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

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

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Embedded Intelligent Machine Vision for Rehabilitation Support using Low-Cost Tablets (2018), Grant - National Science Foundation
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal), Luo, Y. (Principal), Cao, Y. (Co-Principal)
  • Nursing Workforce Development Grant (Bring Diversity and Leadership to Nursing) (2016), Grant - US DHHS, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions
    Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Principal), Melillo, K.D. (Principal), Dowling, J. (Co-Principal), Knight, M. (Co-Principal), Simons, S.R. (Co-Principal)
  • 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
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal)
  • 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)
  • Bring diversity and leadership to nursing (BDLN) (2012), Grant - HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant
    Melillo, K.D., Abdallah, L.M. (Co-Investigator), Simons, S.R., Knight, M., , Dowling, J.,
  • 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)
  • The NP "Attending"and NP Education Unit: Two Models to Increase Faculty and Prece (2014), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • DNPs Caring for the Underserved in Massachusetts (2010), Grant - U.S. DHHS, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing, Advanced Education in Nursing
    Melillo, K.D. (Supporting), Houde, S. (Principal), Nannini, A.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Bring Diversity to Nursing -- Educational Opportunities for Minority Students, (2010), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Melillo, K.D. (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.
  • 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. (Supporting), Knight, M. (Supporting)
  • 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. (Supporting)
  • Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Baby) (2008), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Supporting)
  • Human Simulation Integration Technology Grant (Sim-Man) (2007), Grant - Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal)
  • Dehydration Reduction in the Community Dwelling Older Adult (2006), Grant - UMass Lowell, Office of Research Administration, award
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Salem State College and University of Massachusetts Lowell Nursing Collaborative for Advanced Graduate Education for Nurse Educators (2006), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
    Melillo, K.D. (Supporting)
  • Health Disparities Among Healthcare Workers (2000), Sponsored Research - NIH, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
    Melillo, K.D. (Supporting)
  • To fund a major scholarly program in geropsychiatric nursing to launch proposed Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geropsychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (2002), Grant - Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment, University of Massachusetts Lowell,
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Wandering Protocol (2001), Grant - University of Iowa, Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Health Promotion Intervention - Strategy for Health Promotion. (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell/Center for Health Promotion
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Spanish Translation and Pilot Testing of the Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity of Older Adults Scale (1998), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Low Cost Patient Locator System for Geriatric Wandering (1996), Grant - NIH, National Institute of Aging, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Phase I
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator), Steen, P. (Principal), Weitzen, J.A. (Co-Principal)
  • A Self-Assessment tool to measure older adults' perceptions regarding physical fitness and exercise activity," (1996), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Evaluation of an Innovative Model of Academic and Service Collaboration: Impact on Gerontological Nursing Education (1996), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Wandering: Survey of Formal Care Providers and Informal Caregivers on the Use of a Low-Cost Patient Locator Unit (1996), Grant - Greater Lowell Alzheimer's Association
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults," (1994), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Phase I of the study, Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults (1994), Grant - ----
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Development of a Self-Assessment Tool to Measure Physical Fitness and Exercise Activity Levels of Older Adults (1993), Grant - Sigma Theta Tau International
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Culturally-Sensitive Educational Program On the Community-Based Long-Term Care Utilization of Older Hispanics in Northeast Massachusetts, (1993), Grant - College of Health Professions, Dean's Nursing Research
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator)
  • Needs Assessment of Merrimack Valley Area Nursing Home Administrators Regarding Nursing Staff Educational Needs Related to Care of the Patient with Alzheimer Disease (1992), Grant - Greater Lowell Alzheimer's Association
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)
  • Caregiving Responsibilities for Elderly Individuals Rendered by University Employees (1990), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal)
  • Evaluation of the Effects of Alzheimer Support Groups in Assisting Caregivers to Cope (1990), Grant - Eta Omega Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International,
    Melillo, K.D. (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 - Eta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
    Melillo, K.D. (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)
  • Utilization of the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in a Long Term Chronic Care Setting (1986), Grant - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
    Melillo, K.D. (Co-Principal)
  • Informal Activity Involvement and the Perceived Rate of Time Passage for an Older Institutionalized Population (1977), Grant - ----
    Melillo, K.D. (Principal)

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.
  • Collaborative Post-Graduate Nurse Residency, in Partnerships with Lowell General Hospital and Genesis Healthcare

    Funded by the Mass. Department of Higher Education, Nursing and Allied Health Initiative, 2015-2016; Margaret Laccetti, Principal Investigator, with Drs. Lori Keough an Karen Devereaux Melillo (Co-Investigators).
    Melillo, K.D., Laccetti, M., Keough, L.A.