Gail D’Eramo Melkus, EdD, C-NP, FAAN
Dr. D'Eramo Melkus is the Florence and William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, Associate Dean for Research, and Director, Muriel and Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research at the NYU College of Nursing.
She currently serves as Co-PI and co-investigator or research mentor on numerous funded projects specific to biobehavioral interventions for prevention and management of chronic conditions and related co-morbidities, in mid-life and older adults, including national and international work. Dr. Melkus serves as sponsor of K-awards focused on health disparities among vulnerable populations (women with T2D and depression; elderly Blacks at-risk for depression, glycemic control and infection in oncology stem cell recipients, CHD in older adult workers). In recognition of her mentorship, Dr. Melkus received the 1st Annual NYU CTSI Mentor Award in May 2011.
Previously Dr. Melkus was the Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing at the Yale University School of Nursing, where in collaboration with the Diabetes Research Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, she developed and implemented the Diabetes Care Specialty for advanced practice nurses. Dr. Melkus’ sustained interest in eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations earned her a reputation as a leader in the development and testing of culturally competent models of diabetes care. Her program of intervention research that focuses on physiological and behavioral outcomes of self-management interventions has served as an education and training ground for numerous multidisciplinary scientists.
About the Jean Kelley Endowed Lecture
The Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was established in 1989 to honor the retiring Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Dr. Jean Kelley left an enduring legacy: pioneering the first doctoral program in the Southeast, carrying the School’s master’s program to outlying communities, and educating nurses to aspire to the highest levels of achievement.
The concept of a visiting lectureship began with Dr. Kelley’s vision of providing the doctoral students and faculty the unique experience of having both a formal and informal academic exchange with a different renowned scholar each year. Dr. Kelley’s teaching methods are just as significant today as they were so many years ago.
The Dr. Jean A. Kelley Endowed Lectureship was an appropriate tribute for a woman whose exceptional leadership and management skills helped shape and build the UAB School of Nursing’s graduate and doctoral programs. The Lectureship symbolizes Dr. Kelley’s legacy of mentoring students, graduates, and colleagues; perpetuates her high standards of education; and sustains her belief that established scholars should guide and encourage the scholars of the future.