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Community & Industry Partnerships

Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing

Mass Senior Care Foundation, in collaboration with the School of Nursing under the leadership of Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D. and Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., established the annual Faculty Institute for Gerontological Nursing (FIGN) in 2011. 

Its mission is to increase the state’s capacity to educate nurses who are better prepared to provide quality care for older adults, and to increase the number of nursing students who choose to work in long-term care settings.


Dedicated Education Unit in Long-Term Care

The project “UMass Lowell-D’Youville Transitional Care-Dedicated Education Unit Partnership (TC-DEU) – Enhancing Faculty, Student, and Staff Education and Opportunities in Long Term Care," is funded by a 2011-2012 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The goals are to improve the education of nursing students, nursing staff, and faculty in gerontological nursing and highlight nursing care for older adults transitioning from acute care settings as a practice opportunity.  

Under the leadership of Karen Devereaux Melillo and Lisa Abdallah, the goals are being accomplished, through a university-community partnership between UMass Lowell and D'Youville Life & Wellness Community.   

Project activities include:

  • Clinical rotations for the junior UMass Lowell nursing students who work 1:1 with D’Youville TCU nurses in the delivery of patient care
  • A senior role practicum rotation
  • A summer internship opportunity for a graduated senior student 
  • A sophomore nursing student internship

The TC-DEU team includes:

  • Karen Devereaux Melillo, Ph.D., ANP-C, FAANP, FGSA
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Lisa Abdallah, Ph.D., RN, CNE
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Lea Dodge, MS, RN
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Jacqueline Dowling, Ph.D., RN, CNE
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Ruth Remington, Ph.D., ANP-BC, GNP-BC
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Juliette Shellman, Ph.D., APHN-BC
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Stephanie R. Lane, MSW, Project Administrator
    University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Naomi Prendergast, CEO/President
    D’Youville Life and Wellness Community 
  • Cynthia Thornton, Director, CAT 
    D’Youville Transitional Care Unit
  • Andrea Rathbone, Administrator
    D’Youville Transitional Care Unit

Healthy Homes for Elders

David Turcotte, Ph.D. is working in partnership with the Lowell Community Health Center and Lowell Housing Authority to implement the HUD-funded project, "Healthy Homes for Elders: Multi-Trigger, Multi-Component Environmental Interventions for Asthma." Project funded by a HUD Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant, 2013-2016 ($750,000).