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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Ellen K. Mahoney, RN, PhD, FGSA

interim associate dean for research and associate professor

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

Contact Information
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.


  • Harry, M., MacDonald, L., McLuckie, A., Battista, C., Mahoney, E. K., & Mahoney, K. (2016). Long-term experiences in participant-directed home and community-based services for young adults with intellectual disabilities: Familial programme representative descriptions. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (published online ahead of print). doi: 10.1111/jar.12251. 
  • Harry, M., Kong, J., MacDonald, L., McLuckie, A., Battista, C., Mahoney, E. K., & Mahoney, K. (2016). The long-term effects of participant direction of supports and services for people with disabilities. Care Management Journals, 17(1), 2-12. doi: 10.1891/1521-0987.17.1.2.
  • Jablonski, R., Lolanowski, A. M., Azuero, A., Winstead, V., Jones, T., Corteza, & Mahoney, E. K. (2015). Revising the Resistiveness to Care Scale. Journal of Nursing Measurement.
  • Volicer, L., Hurley, A., & Mahoney, E. K. (2015). Rejection of Care in Dementia. In Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia (pp. 185 – 214). Baltimore, MD, USA: Health Professions Press.
  • Mahoney, K., McGaffigan, E., Sciegaj, M., Zgoda, K., & Mahoney, E. K. (2015). Approaches to Empowering Individuals and Communities. Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging, p. 85.
  • Trudeau, S., Gately, M. E., & Mahoney, E. K. (2015). Expressions of love: Translating bathing into an opportunity for intimacy for couples confronting dementia. Gerontology Special Interest Section Quarterly, 38(4), 1 – 4.

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