Biography

Dr. Deborah D’Avolio is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing. She has a background in Gerontological Research, with specific training and expertise in key research and practice areas. She has completed a two year, competitive John A. Hartford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

Dr. D’Avolio has held various academic appointments, including a Nurse Scientist appointment at Munn Center of Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). As a Nurse Scientist at MGH, she has mentored several MGH Munn Nursing Research Center Grant Awards. She has served as PI, co-PI, and consultant on several studies that have examined issues related to aging.

Dr. D’Avolio, research and career have been dedicated to the unmet health care needs of vulnerable older adults and infusing geriatrics into interprofessional education. She has been involved in graduate and doctoral level curriculum development, health care systems’ program development, research and policy development to improve the care of older adults.

She is a member of many nursing and Interprofessional organizations at the national and local level. She has served as a mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau Inaugural Geriatric Leadership Academy and is a Peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Nursing Research and Transcultural Nursing. She is the Immediate past Chair of the Health Sciences Education Committee, Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Dr. D’Avolio is a Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She has served as a past Co-Chair of the National Gerontological Nurses Association Evidence Based Practice Committee and past Chair of the Finance & Sustainability Committee, of the John A. Hartford Foundation, BAGNC Alumni Association.

Her leadership in geriatric nursing has provided her with international recognition. In 2011, she received the Sigma Theta Tau International Award for Geriatric Nursing Leadership. She has served on several aging advisory boards informing aging policy development. In November 2015, Dr. D’Avolio was inducted as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. 

Teaching

Pathophysiology, taught at all levels, including Nursing Graduate, Interprofessional Graduate, and Doctoral courses. 

Grants Awarded

External Funding

Principal Investigator: Endicott College, School of Nursing, Nursing Faculty Loan Program, $48,000. Health Resources and Services Administration. July 2015.

Co-Investigator: Northeastern Center for Technology in Support of Self Management and Health, National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR),         PI: Terry Fulmer, Co-Investigators: Bonner, A., D’Avolio, D., Howard, E., Intille, S., Jiminson, H., Jones, R., McGuire, J., Pavel, M., Sceppa, C., Shiyko, M.,  $1,469,950.  2014-2017.

Principal Investigator: Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program: Interprofessional Education for Team Based Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, (HRSA) $518,400 2012-2015.

Co-Investigator: Hospitalized Older Adults Incidence of Constipation. Massachusetts General Hospital, Munn Award, $2,000 2011-2012.  

Co-Investigator:Implementation of Falls Prevention Fairs in Senior Housing to Increase Participation in Fall Prevention Programs. $23,000, Tufts Health Foundation Award. y 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator:Friendly Visitors Program.Massachusetts General Hospital Ladies Visiting Committee, $10,000, 2010.

Principal Investigator: Factors Influencing Inner City Older Adults’ Non-urgent ED visits. Jones Fund, University of Pennsylvania, $6,491, 2007-2009.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: John A. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellow. University of Pennsylvania, $120,000, 2006-2009.

Principal Investigator:Factors influencing urban community-dwelling elders’ emergency department utilization: A pilot study. MGH Institute of Health Professions Geriatric Faculty Research Fellowship, $10,000, 2005-2006.

Principal Investigator:Factors influencing urban community-dwelling elders emergency department utilization: A pilot study.  Nursing Ross Committee, Mass Memorial Hospital Nursing Alumni Association, Inc , $7,400, 2005-2006.

Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award, (1F31NRO7447), Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, $98,000, 1999-2003.

Principal Investigator:Healthcares’ response to intimate partner violence. , Faculty Research Grant, MGH Institute of Health Professions, $3,600, 2001-2002

Co-Investigator: Evaluation of New Graduate RN Critical Care Certificate Program MGH IHP Faculty Research Grant, $2,000, 2001-2002.

Principal Investigator: Integrated community response: a domestic violence action plan. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, $25,000, 1996-1997.

Internal Funding

Principal Investigator: Evaluation of an Educational Intervention for Increasing Delirium Recognition and Intervention Among Hospitalized Older Adults: A Feasibility Study.  Faculty Grant, Northeastern University. $5,000, 2011-2012.  

Principal Investigator: Factors Influencing Inner City Older Adults’ Non-urgent ED visits Jones Fund, University of Pennsylvania. $6,491, 2007-2009.

Principal Investigator. Factors influencing urban community-dwelling elders emergency department utilization: A pilot study . Geriatric Faculty Research Fellowship, MGH Institute of Health Professions Geriatric Faculty Research Fellowship $10,000, 2005-2006.                                                    

Recent Publications

D’Avolio, D., Barba, K.A., Fitzgerald, P.A., Caracci, L., Guarino, A.J., (2016). A Blended Educational Intervention for Delirium Assessment and Intervention among Nurses on a Medical Unit. Under review.

 

D’Avolio, D., Strumpf, N., Feldman, J., Mitchell, P., Rebholz, C. (2013). Barriers to Primary Care: Perceptions of Older Adults Utilizing the ED for Non-urgent Visits. Clinical Nursing Research, 22, (4), 416-431.

 

Enderlin, C. A., McLeskey, N., Rooker, J. L., Steinhauser, C., D'Avolio, D., Gusewelle, R., &   Ennen, K. A. (2013). Review of current conceptual models and frameworks to guide transitions of care in older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 34(1), 47-52.

           

D’Avolio, D., Heike, M.E., Burke, D., Gallivan, T., (November, 2011). The Plus of 65plus. Nursing Management, 32-37.

 

D’Avolio, D., (2011). System issues: challenges to intimate partner violence screening and intervention. Clinical Nursing Research, 20 (1), 64-80.

 

D’Avolio, D., Feldman, J., Mitchell, P. & Strumpf, N., (2008). Access to Care and Health Related Quality of Life Among Older Adults with Non-urgent Emergency Department Visits. Geriatric Nursing, 29 (4), 240-246.

 

D'Avolio, D., Tullman, D., Shawler, N., Shelkey, M., Shearer, N., (October, 2007). Abstract, Conference Proceedings, The Gerontologist, 47 (1), 218-219.

 

D'Avolio, D. A., Feldman, J., Mitchell. (2006), Factors influencing urban community-dwelling elders emergency department utilization. (October, 2006). Abstract, The Gerontologist, 46 (1), 559-560.

 

Van Son, C., D'Avolio, D., & Young, H., (2006). The pearls and pitfalls of focused ethnography. Abstract, The Gerontologist, 46 (1), 391-392

 

D’Avolio, D. A., (2003). Time is Money: An Ethnographic Study of Organizational Response to Intimate Partner Violence. Doctoral Dissertation, Boston College,Boston, MA.

 

D’Avolio, D. A. et al., (2001). “Screening for Abuse: Barriers and Opportunities”, 22:349-362, Health Care for Women International.

 

D’Avolio, D. A., (1996). From the emergency department to the HMO.  Journal of Emergency Nursing.

 

BOOKS

Book Chapters

 

D’Avolio, D., (2012). In Buttaro & Barba (Eds.), Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Older  Patient; Fall prevention. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

D’Avolio, D., (2012). In Buttaro & Barba (Eds.), Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Older  Patient; Polypharmacy. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

D’Avolio, D., (2012). In Buttaro & Barba (Eds.), Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Older  Patient; Nutritional needs during hospitalization. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

D’Avolio, D., (2012). In Buttaro & Barba (Eds.), Nursing Care of the Hospitalized Older  Patient; Pain and older adults. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

D’Avolio, D. A., (December, 2006 ). Intimate Partner Violence.  Danis, Blansfield, & Gervasini (Eds.) Handbook of Trauma Care: The First Hour, 4th Ed. Saint Lois, MI: Mosby.

 

D’Avolio, D. A., & Farnsworth, W. (1996). Telephone Triage Guidelines, Boston, MA. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

 

D’Avolio, D. A., (1998). Interpersonal violence. In Sheehy, LeDuc,

Honors/Awards

  • National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Expert  Panel/Validation Panel for the development of Gerontological Nurse Educator Competencies.
  • Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice
  • Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Award for Geriatric Nursing Leadership
  • John A. Hartford Foundation Change Agent
  • Member, Center for Gerontology Research & Partnerships, University of Massachusetts Lowell     
  • Nurse Scientist appointment at Munn Center of Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
  • Invited Researcher, U 13 Conference, supported by the National Institute on Aging, American  
  • Geriatrics Society, and the John A. Hartford Foundation.
  • Boston University Geriatric Faculty Fellow, Center of Excellence
  • Mentor, Sigma Theta Tau, John A. Hartford Foundation, Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy
  • Inaugural program, competitive application
  • National Institute on Aging, Summer Institute on Aging Research, competitive Application
  • Visiting Scholar, Curry College, School of Nursing

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, John A. Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Research, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ph.D. in Nursing Boston College, Boston MA.
  • Master of Science in Acute Care Advanced Practice Nursing, Northeastern University, Boston MA.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health, Boston MA.