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Melissa Batchelor-Aselage, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(919) 613-6054
Office: 
3007 Pearson Building

Dr. Melissa Batchelor-Aselage, who joined the DUSON faculty in July, 2011 earned a BSN (1996) and then an 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-Aselage 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-Aselage has been 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 is conducting the first study to compare different careful hand feeding techniques, which can be used to provide feeding assistance to persons with dementia in the nursing home setting.

Dr. Batchelor-Aselage 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 P30NR014139. This study will be conducted 2014-2017, and will develop a careful hand feeding dementia skills training program for nursing home staff. Dr. Batchelor-Aselage currently maintains her clinical practice in the Duke Medicine Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) clinic.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • PhD in Nursing Program
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Education

  • PhD - Medical University of South Carolina School of Nursing
  • MSN - University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • BSN - University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Research Interests

● Alleviating mealtime difficulties in persons with dementia
● Nursing home care
● Workforce training

Awards and Honors

  • 2013 || Selected participant, 2014 Leadership Development for Researchers, Duke Leader Program
  • 2013 || Top 20 Medical Professors for North Carolina
  • 2012 || Claire M. Fagin Fellowship, 2012-2014, National Hartford Centers for Gerontological Nursing Excellence
  • 2011 || Distinguished Dissertation Award, Southern Nursing Research Society Aging Research Interest Group
  • 2011 || Faculty of the Year Award, University of North Carolina Wilmington, School of Nursing
  • 2011 || Featured in “A Day in the Life of an Academic Geriatric Nurse", John A. Hartford Foundation 2010 Annual Report: "BAGNC: A Decade of Achievement"
  • 2011 || Video created of her professional story for recruiting others into geriatric nursing, John A. Hartford Foundation website
  • 2010 || Recognition by graduating seniors, UNC-Wilmington Division of Student Affairs
  • 2010 || Convocation Leader, (nominated by UNC-Wilmington graduate seniors)
  • 2009 || Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Scholar, John A. Hartford Foundation
  • 2009 || Featured in "State of Aging at MUSC: Center on Aging Annual Report", Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Center on Aging
  • 2009 || Recognition by graduating seniors (Spring & Fall graduations), UNC-Wilmington Division of Student Affairs
  • 2009 || Soaring Seahawk Award, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • 2008 || Center for Teaching Excellence, Summer Pedagogical Award, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • 2008 || Gerontological nursing website development, AACN / John A. Hartford Foundation
  • 2007 || Elizabeth Scott Carrington Scholarship, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • 2007 || North Carolina Nurse Educator of Tomorrow
  • 2005 || Outstanding UNCW Alumni, UNC Wilmington UNCW Magazine
  • 2001 || Outstanding UNCW School of Nursing Alumnii–FNP, UNC Wilmington School of Nursing Newsletter

Areas of Expertise

  • Gerontology
  • Nursing Education

Areas of Interest

curriculum development in gerontological and geropsychiatric nursing

Representative Publications

  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24983239 Batchelor-Aselage, M. and DiMeglio, B. and Aaron, C. S. and Dugger, B. R. Infusing geropsychiatric nursing content into curricula: challenges and solutions. J Nurs Educ. July, 2014 53(7); 387-94
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24783377 Batchelor-Aselage, M. and Amella, E. and Zapka, J. and Mueller, M. and Beck, C. Research with dementia patients in the nursing home setting: a protocol for informed consent and assent. IRB. March-April, 2014 36(2); 14-20
  • 2014 -- Batchelor-Aselage, M. and Amella, E. and Zapka, J. and Mueller, M. and Beck, C. Research with dementia patients in the nursing home setting: A protocol for informed consent and assent. Hastings Center Report. IRB: Ethics and Human Research.. March-April, 2014 36(2); 14-20
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24612316 Zapka, J. and Amella, E. and Magwood, G. and Madisetti, M. and Garrow, D. and Batchelor-Aselage, M. Challenges in efficacy research: the case of feeding alternatives in patients with dementia. J Adv Nurs. February 2014, Epub ahead of print
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24354332 Amella, E. J. and Batchelor-Aselage, M. B. Facilitating ADLs by caregivers of persons with dementia: the C3P model. Occup Ther Health Care. January, 2014 28(1); 51-61
  • 2014 -- Buhr, G. T. and Konrad, T. and Pinheiro, S. and Pruitt, J. and Poer, C. and Shock, L. and Yanamadala, M. and Bailey, D. and White, H. K. and Devarayasamudram, S. and Day, L. and Aselage, M. and Egerton, E. O. and Matters, L. and McConnell, E. and Heflin, M. T. An interprofessional education collaborative (IPEC) competency-focused workshop to enhance team performance. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. January, 2014 15(3); B10–B11
  • 2013 -- Amella, E. J. and Aselage, M. B. Eating and feeding behaviors: Problems in dementia. In The Encyclopedia of Elder Care: The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric Health and Social Care edited by Capezuti, E., Zwicker, D., Mezey, M., Fulmer, T., Gray-Miceli, D., & Kluger, M.. 2013; pp. 247-249. : Springer Publishing Company. 2013 247-249
  • 2012 -- Aselage, M. B. Faculty tutorial for Portal of Geriatric Online Education (POGOe). July 24, 2012
  • 2012 -- Aselage, M. B. Overview of the Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative (Video). June 1, 2012
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22494425 Aselage, M. and Amella, E. Response to Watson R (2011) Commentary on Aselage MB (2010) Measuring mealtime difficulties: eating, feeding, and meal behaviours in older adults with dementia. Journal of Clinical Nursing19, 621-631. Journal of Clinical Nursing 20, 297-298. J Clin Nurs. May, 2012 21(9-10); 1494-5

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Mealtime symptoms in dementia: Adaptive leadership approaches

    National Institutes of Health
    1P30-NR014139-01
    09/2012 to 06/2017
    Role: Project Investigator

    Project Goal: Aim 1: Identify how nursing staff describe adaptive and technical challenges due to dementia-related symptoms of PWD during mealtime and use these data to revise an existing dementia feeding skills training program to incorporate adaptive leadership approaches; Aim 2: Evaluate and refine the revised dementia feeding skills training program; Aim 3: Conduct a 12-week feasibility study implementing the revised and refined dementia feeding skills training program that combines adaptive and technical interventions for nursing staff and ascertain the impact of training on resident outcomes.

  • Comparison of Careful Hand Feeding Techniques for Older Persons with Dementia

    John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity: Claire M. Fagin Fellowship award
    07/2012 to 06/2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Project Goals: Experimental repeated-measures, within-subjects pilot study to compare three hand feeding techniques for assisting persons with dementia in the nursing home setting

  • Comparison of hand feeding techniques for persons with dementia living in the nursing home.

    Duke University School of Nursing Office of Research Affairs
    453-0320
    12/2011 to 12/2012
    Role: PI

    Project Goals: Experimental repeated-measures within-subjects pilot study to compare three hand feeding techniques for assisting persons with dementia in the nursing home setting.

  • A web-based dementia feeding skills training program for nursing home staff

    J. Richard Corbett Charitable Trust
    Grant # 62110
    07/2010 to 06/2011
    Role: Principal investigator

    Project Goals: This dissertation project is a two-month cluster-randomized feasibility study. The aims of this are: Aim 1: To determine feasibility the web-based module/ coaching model for skilled NH staff for feeding PWD; and to obtain estimates of variability for the relevant outcome measures for staff and PWD health outcomes; Aim 2: Staff outcomes are to improve knowledge of feeding persons with dementia, self-efficacy, feeding skills, and behaviors; Aim 3: Resident outcomes are to decrease disruptive resident mealtime behavior, maintain or increase resident food intake and weight, increase time for feeding, and improve quality of life for NH residents with dementia.

  • Alleviating mealtime difficulties in older adults with dementia

    John A. Hartford Foundation/ American Academy of Nursing
    09-151
    07/2009 to 06/2011

    Project Goals: Pre-doctoral support awarded specifically to build skills in research, teaching, and leadership in geriatric nursing. Long-term career goals include being a national and international leader in improving the quality of care and quality of life for older adults.

  • Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) Podcasts

    AACN / Hartford GNEC Faculty Development Institute
    06/2009 to 08/2009
    Role: Principal investigator and series editor

    Goal: Develop a series of podcasts to prepare baccalaureate nursing students to meet the care needs of the older adult population. Podcast content based on modules from "Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care" developed by the AACN Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) and the Hartford Institute. Podcasts are available online at http://consultgerirn.org/resources/gnec_podcasts, or from the iTunes store.

  • Pilot: Podcasting GNEC curriculum for implementation in baccalaureate nursing education programs

    AACN/ Hartford GNEC Faculty Development Institute
    12/2008 to 04/2009
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Purpose: To develop of pilot podcast for delivering Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium (GNEC) content to baccalaureate nursing students

  • Congressionally-Directed Funds for Nursing Programs Including Military Veterans, Clinical Research, and Distance Learning

    U.S. Department of Education
    07/2008 to 06/2009
    Role: Nursing faculty and online course designer for NSG 334 Gerontology/End-of-Life Care

    Project Goal: To plan for an accelerated Bachelor of Science program in nursing and a Master of Science program in clinical research targeted to military personnel, veterans, and their spouses.

  • Congressionally-Directed Funds for Nursing Programs Including Military Veterans, Clinical Research, and Distance Learning

    U.S. Department of Education, Congressionally-directed grant
    07/2008 to 06/2009
    Role: Nursing faculty and online course designer for NSG 404 Health Policy.

    Project Goal: To plan for an accelerated Bachelor of Science program in nursing and a Master of Science program in clinical research targeted to military personnel, veterans, and their spouses.

  • Use of the Comprehensive Geriatric Nursing Assessment (CGA) in Baccalaureate Nursing Education

    UNCW Summer Pedagogy Development Award Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
    06/2008 to 08/2008
    Role: Principal Investigator