Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. She maintains a clinical practice as a dually-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Gerontological Registered Nurse. Through her program of research, she conducted the first science evaluating three supportive handfeeding techniques to assist older adults with dementia with meals which she translated into training programs for innovative basic nursing care. She developed an algorithm to guide nursing home (NH) staff to use person-centered actions in order to improve meal outcomes for NH residents. She incorporated this knowledge into the first dementia feeding skills training program in the United States for NH staff. In evaluation studies, this training has demonstrated improved resident outcomes. Her research has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) Patricia G. Archbold Scholar and Claire M. Fagin Fellow programs, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar program, and the National Institute of Health National Institute for Nursing Research. In October of 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in the Office of the Chairman, Senator Susan Collins