Melissa Karen Batchelor-Aselage
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

Dr. Melissa Batchelor-Murphy joined the DUSON faculty in July 2011. She earned a BSN (1996) and then a MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty (2000) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Nursing (SON). From 2005 to 2011, she served as a full-time lecturer at the UNCW SON while maintaining a clinical practice as an FNP in geriatric primary care and nursing home settings. In 2011, she received the UNCW SON Faculty of the Year Award. She is board certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Gerontological Registered Nurse.

Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was a 2009-2011 National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold (a program previously known as the John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Scholars program). She completed her PhD in nursing and a Post-Master’s Certificate in nurse education at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing in August 2011. Her dissertation, which focused on alleviating mealtime difficulties in older adults with dementia through development of a web-based dementia feeding skills training program for nursing home staff, received Distinguished Dissertation Award from the 2011 Southern Research Nursing Society/Aging Research Interest Group.

Since joining the DUSON faculty, Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was awarded the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Claire M. Fagin Fellowship for 2012-2014 to support her post-doctoral program of study. With this funding, she conducted the first study to compare three different hand feeding techniques, which can be used to provide feeding assistance to persons with dementia in the nursing home setting. Additionally, she is a 2013-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. With this funding, she is completing an analysis of recorded meal interactions to determine the verbal and non-verbal behavioral cues that lead to increased meal intake in persons with dementia ( NCT01780402).

Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has also received funding as a Project Director for a study funded through the Adaptive Leadership for Cognitive Affective Symptom Science (ADAPT) Center, a Center of Excellence grant funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) ( P30-NR014139; Project NCT02269956). This study being conducted 2014-2017. Her cumulative research efforts will result in development of a dementia skills training program for nursing home staff.

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