25th Annual Dr. Jean A. Kelley Lecture set for June 8
The event will be held at 9 a.m. in the UAB School of Nursing, Room NB1020, 1701 University Boulevard, with a reception to follow in NB1020. The event is free, but you are asked to RSVP to Lauren Antia, firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-934-2145.
Melkus currently serves as co-principal investigator 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.
Melkus also serves as sponsor of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Career Development Awards (called K Awards) focused on health disparities among vulnerable populations (for example women with T2D and depression; elderly African Americans at-risk for depression; glycemic control and infection in oncology stem cell recipients; CHD in older adult workers). In recognition of her mentorship, Melkus received the NYU CTSI Mentor Award in May 2011.
Previously 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 New York, she developed and implemented the Diabetes Care Specialty for advanced practice nurses.
Melkus’ sustained interest in eliminating health disparities among vulnerable populations has 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.