UMass Amherst Nursing Professor Wins National Honor for Geriatric Research and Education

AMHERST, Mass. – Cynthia S. Jacelon, associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been selected to receive the Excellence in Research and Education Award from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA).

The award will be presented next month at the organization’s annual meeting and exposition in Philadelphia.

Jacelon was nominated by Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) in Longmeadow for her ongoing commitment to quality in aging services through evidence-based research and dissemination of her findings through internal and external learning. Jacelon’s research assists JGS in continuous quality improvement processes. She was instrumental in guiding JGS toward choosing the “chronic care model” of service delivery, in which educated involvement in one’s own medical care is a major principle.

According to the AAHSA, Jacelon also contributes to workforce excellence by working with research students on the JGS campus, recruiting students into elder care, training staff, coordinating the annual JGS Research Days and through various speaking and teaching venues.

“In her role as scientist, she is vigilant in observing the code of ethics for research and imparting that vigilance to others,” said the award announcement. “Whether in research or daily consultations with students and JGS staff, she puts residents’ rights and well-being foremost in any decision making in which she is involved.”

A member of the UMass Amherst faculty since 1994, Jacelon is a resident of Greenfield.