The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Faculty & Staff

Cynthia S. Jacelon

Associate Dean for Research; Professor Emerita
Campus Address: 
Skinner Hall 138

AAS, Brookdale Community College, 1977; BS, Trenton State, 1979; MS, Boston University, 1986; PhD (Nursing), New York University, 2001; Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse; Certified Gerontological Nurse; Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. 

Certified in gerontological and rehabilitation nursing, Dr. Jacelon is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist focused on promoting function in older individuals. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.

She has taught topics focused on nursing process, nursing, theory, chronic illness, and care of older individuals across the curriculum from baccalaureate students, master’s and doctor of nursing practice students, to PhD students. She has held numerous leadership roles within the profession including the President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurse, and the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, including Director of the PhD Program, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean (2019-2020).

In addition to more than 35 years of nursing practice with older adults and teaching nursing students, Dr. Jacelon’s area of research and expertise is promoting dignity, function, self-management of chronic health problems, and independence in older adults. In her research, she has explored the role of older individuals in affecting the outcomes of their hospitalization, the processes used by community-dwelling elders to manage chronic health problems, the meaning of dignity, and the role of smart environments in promoting older individuals’ independence. Dr. Jacelon’s work on the concept of dignity is internationally recognized, and her instrument to measure dignity, the Jacelon Attributed Dignity Scale (JADS) has been used in several places around the globe including Greece and Iran. Over the course of her career, Dr. Jacelon has supervised more than 20 PhD students and numerous DNP students. She is named as author on more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. Dr. Jacelon is Associate Dean for Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Elaine Marieb College of Nursing.


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