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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Ellen K. Mahoney, RN, PhD, FGSA

associate professor

Ellen K. Mahoney, RN, Ph.D., FGSA

Maloney Hall 346


  • Ph.D. - University of California, San Francisco
  • M.S.N. - University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S.N. - Georgetown University

Human responses in chronic illness/disability; patterns of behavior in persons with dementia; nursing interventions to promote functional ability in the elderly; recovery from stroke


  • 2006-2008  “The nursing ambulatory to hospital transitions program [NAHT]” Consultant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI), Barbara Roberge PI
  • 2004  Outstanding Alumna Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • 2002-2006  "Reminiscence during bathing persons with AD at home" (RO1 NR07893-01A1), Principal  Investigator, NIH/NINR, 9/02 - 6/06.
  • 2002  Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2001-2003  "Dynamic assessment for nursing homes". Subcontract between and Boston College under NIH Grant No. R44AG15937-02, Principal Investigator Claire Gutkin, 2/01 - 2/03.


  • Mahoney, K., Sciegaj, M., & Mahoney, E. K. (2014). The future of participant direction in aging services. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 38(2) 85-93. Retrieved from
  • Hurley, A. C., Volicer, L., Mahoney, E. K. (2012). "Mental Status Measurement: Mini-mental state exam," In J. Fitzpatrick & M. Wallace Lazer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 288-290. NY: Springer.
  • Jablonski, R. A., Kolanowski, A., Therrien, B., Mahoney, E. K., Kassab, C., Leslie, D. L. (2011). Reducing care-resistant behaviors during oral hygiene in persons with dementia. BMC Oral Health, 11(30), 10.
  • Jablonski, R.A., Therrien, B., Mahoney, E.K., Kolanowski, A., Gabelo, M., & Brock, A. (2011). An Intervention to Reduce Care-Resistant Behavior in Person with Dementia During Oral Hygiene: A Pilot Study. Special Care in Dentistry, 31(3), 77-87.
  • Coakley, A.B. & Mahoney, E.K. (2009). Creating a Therapeutic and Healing Environment with a Pet Therapy Program. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 15(3), 141-146.

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