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RoseAnn DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD

RoseAnn DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA

Assistant Dean for Interprofessional and Collaborative Research; Professor
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Office: 1601 Cherry Street, Room 384
Phone: 267.359.5829
Website: Faculty Profile


RoseAnn DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD blends her passion for nursing, the older adult, and nutrition into a strong body of research which impacts practice. DiMaria-Ghalili’s efforts are recognized nationally across disciplines (nursing, nutrition, medicine, and engineering) and contexts (research, practice, and policy). Her research focuses on the impact of malnutrition on recovery, quality of life, and health outcomes in older adults with acute and chronic conditions. Recognizing the need to improve the measurement of nutritional intake, DiMaria-Ghalili led a team of engineers on the research and development of a wireless device to track and monitor fluid intake. She is lead inventor for this innovative patent-pending device. Her leadership in nutrition science led her to be the first nurse scientist to receive the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s (ASPEN) Dudrick Research Scholar Award, and the first nurse inducted as an ASPEN Fellow. DiMaria-Ghalili is an advocate for integrating nutrition in nursing practice. She contributed to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s recommendations to incorporate nutrition in education, training and research, and led the ASPEN committee to publish the 2016 revised standards of nursing practice. DiMaria-Ghalili is sought after to serve on national and international review panels, and recently presented on Nutrition During Care Transitions at a workshop sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. DiMaria-Ghalili works tirelessly on the issue of malnutrition in older adults across nutrition and geriatric societies. Her efforts are moving the needle in policy as well, from being part of the author group to petition the Joint Commission to consider optimal nutrition as a national patient safety goal, to her contributions to the national Malnutrition Awareness Week.


Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Nursing, Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (2007 - 2009)
PhD, Research and Theory Development in Nursing Science - NYU (1998)
Master's Degree, Clinical Nurse Specialist-Medical Surgical Nursing - CUNY-Hunter College (1986)
Bachelor's Degree, Registered Nurse - CUNY-Hunter College (1986)


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellow of the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America

Research Interests

Nutrition assessment, malnutrition, inflammation, sarcopenia, frailty, technology, wound healing and interprofessional nutrition assessment competencies


Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography

List of patents

DiMaria-Ghalili, R.A., Pourrezaei, K., & Pourshoghi, A. (2016). Device to Measure and Monitor Drinking and Eating. US 20160166096 A1.