Gerontological Nursing; Geropsychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Nurse Practitioner Role in Long-Term Care; Dementia - Wandering; Cognitive Health; Health Promotion - Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults; Nursing Workforce Diversity; Innovative Clinical Education Models.
Dr. Melillo's 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, has been an area of research and scholarship. She has been PI or Co-Investigator on grants to promote innovative models of clinical and interprofessional education at the baccalaureate and MS NP levels. She has served as PI on nursing workforce diversity funded projects focusing on bringing diversity to nursing with recruitment, retention, and graduation of educationally and economically disadvantaged students, as well as those underrepresented in nursing, for nearly ten years.
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).