PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Interprofessional and Collaborative Research; Professor
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
Fellow of the American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Nutrition Sciences Department
Advanced Practice Nursing
1601 Cherry Street, Room 384
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.
Geriatric Nursing, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
DiMaria-Ghalili’s research focuses on the role of nutrition on improving health outcomes in older adults across the care continuum using a social-ecological framework. Her interdisciplinary research interests include nutrition assessment, malnutrition, inflammation, sarcopenia, frailty, technology, wound healing, and interprofessional nutrition assessment competencies. To date she has received a total of 4.2 million dollars in grant funding as PI or CO-I from the National Institutes of Health, American Nurses Foundation, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership program, John A. Hartford Foundation, and local foundations and seed funding competitions.
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Academic Distinctions:DiMaria-Ghalili was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 and a Fellow in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2014. In addition, DiMaria-Ghalili received the 2006 Springer Award for a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing, the 2009 Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Service award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition for her research contributions to the science of nutrition support nursing, and the 2009 Clinical Research Poster Award, 2nd Place, University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Aging Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat, 2011 American Academy of Nursing’s Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curriculum Award, 2012 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award, and Named to Top 100 Nursing Professors List 2012 by BSNtoMSN.org. Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel University in 2009, she was a tenured associate professor at West Virginia University where she received the Faculty Award for Excellence, Innovative Teaching Award, and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.
Professional Society:DiMaria-Ghalili is an active member in several professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.). She serves on many national committees, including the Malnutrition Committee and the Sustain Scientific Council. DiMaria-Ghalili is presently a standing member of the Veterans Administration’s Rehabilitation Research Study Section and also served as grant reviewer for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering at the National Institute of Health, Canadian Network Centres of Excellence Network Competition, The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) Scientific TOP programme, and the ASPEN Rhodes Research Foundation. DiMaria-Ghalili serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and Nutrition in Clinical Practice.