The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jacelon Named Interim Dean of College of Nursing

Jun 14, 2019

Cynthia S. Jacelon, PhD RN-BC CRRN FGSA FAAN, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing, has been appointed Interim Dean of the College, effective June 30, 2019.   

The announcement was made by John McCarthy, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Jacelon will replace Stephen J. Cavanagh, who has accepted a position as dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California (UC), Davis (story here). Cavanagh has served as Dean of the UMass Amherst College of Nursing since September 2011.

A faculty member at UMass Amherst College of Nursing since 1994, Dr. Jacelon brings a wealth of academic insights to the role of lead administrator for the College of Nursing.

Dr. Jacelon earned a BS in Nursing from The College of New Jersey, an MS in Neurologic Rehabilitation Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing, and a PhD in Nursing from New York University.  She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Yale University’s Center for Self and Family Management for Vulnerable Populations.

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 to elders, and the role of smart environments in promoting elders’ independence.

Dr. Jacelon’s work on the concept of dignity is internationally recognized, and her instrument to measure dignity, the Jacelon Attributed Dignity scale, has been used in several places around the globe including Greece and Iran. She was recently awarded the Loomis Communities’ Elvira Whiting Ball Award for Improving the Lives of Older Adults for her groundbreaking work professionally and in the community to promote well-being in frail older adults.

Dr. Jacelon is Professor and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded UManage Center for Building the Science of Self-Management and has served as Director of the PhD Program at the College of Nursing. She is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist certified in gerontological and rehabilitation nursing. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. 

She lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

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