The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Appointed

Sep 1, 2018

Cynthia Jacelon, PhD RN-BC CRRN FGSA FAAN, has been appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing through August 2020. Prior to this appointment, Jacelon directed the College of Nursing’s PhD program for six years and has been teaching at UMass Amherst since 1994. She became a tenured professor in 2015.


Certified in gerontological and rehabilitation nursing, Jacelon is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist, and a Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. In addition to more than 35 years of nursing practice with older adults and teaching nursing students, 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. 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. Currently, she is working on developing a tablet-computer application to support self-management in older adults. Jacelon is the Principal investigator of the NIH-funded UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management.