College Directory

Gail D'Eramo Melkus,

Associate Dean for Research
Florence & William Downs Professor in Nursing Research
Director, Muriel & Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research
433 First Avenue Room 744
New York, NY 10010
Areas of Specialization 

Behavioral Self-Management Interventions, Diabetes, Chronic Illness

EdD, 1987, Columbia University Teachers College, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
1986, Yale School of Public Health (Special Student Status, Columbia University Doctoral Candidate)
MS, 1978, Southern Connecticut State University
ASN/BS, 1976, University of Bridgeport
Professional Overview 
Dr. Melkus’ interest in eliminating health disparities in vulnerable populations earned her a reputation as a leader in development and testing of culturally competent models of diabetes care. Dissemination and translation of her work contributed to reshaping the delivery of diabetes care. She has consulted with the Indian Health Service, the Center for Disease Control, the American Diabetes Association, and NIH grant initiatives. In conjunction with the Diabetes Research and Training Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she developed and implemented the first specialty concentration in diabetes care for advanced practice nurses in the country. She has mentored numerous pre and post-doctoral candidates and faculty scientists.
Honors and Awards 
2014, Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
2011, NYU 1st Annual Clinical Translational Science Institute Mentoring Award
2010, Distinguished Scholar Award, New York University College of Nursing
2009, New York State Nurse Foundation Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award
2008, Endowed Chair, Florence & William Downs, New York University
2004, Endowed Chair, Independence Foundation, Yale University
2003, Elected as Fellow in American Academy of Nursing
2003, Diamond Jubilee Virginia Henderson Excellence in Nursing Research Award
RN, Connecticut
RN, New York
ANP, New York
Professional Membership 
American Academy of Nursing
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
American Diabetes Association, Professional Section
American Nurses Association
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Eastern Nursing Research Society
International Society for Hypertension in Blacks
Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon
Current Research Projects
National Institutes of Health (R01)
EdD, C-NP, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research, Florence & William Downs Professor in Nursing Research, Director, Muriel & Virginia Pless Center for Nursing Research,
Constance Margaret Johnson, PhD, Duke University, School of Nursing
Allison Vorderstrasse, DNSc, Duke University, School of Nursing
Chronic Disease Management

Major goal to test the effectiveness of a virtual life environment on metabolic and psychosocial outcomes in diverse adults with type 2 diabetes.

Allen, N., Whittemore, R., & Melkus, G. (2011). A continuous glucose monitoring and problem-solving intervention to change physical activity behavior in women with type 2 diabetes: A pilot study. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, 13, 1091-1099. 10.1089/dia.2011.0088.
Allen, N.A., Melkus, G.D., & Chyun D.A. (2011). Physiological and behavioral factors related to physical activity in black women with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 22, 376-385. 10.1177/1043659611414143.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Peyrot, M., Koenig, H.G., Allard, E., & Chyun, D. (2010). Coping as a mediator in the relationships of spiritual well-being to mental health in black women with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 40, 439-459. 10.2190/PM.40.4.g.
Melkus G.D., Chyun D., Vorderstrasse A., Newlin, K., Jefferson V., & Langerman S. (2010). The effect of a diabetes education, coping skills training, and care intervention on physiological and psychosocial outcomes in black women with type 2 diabetes. Biological Research in Nursing, 12, 7-19. 10.1177/1099800410369825.
Hackley B., Fennie, C., Applebaum, J., Berry, D., & Melkus G.D. (2010). The effect of language preference on prenatal weight gain and postpartum weight retention in urban Hispanic women. Ethnicity & Disease, 20, 162-168.
Whittemore, R., Melkus, G., Wagner, J., Dziura, J., Northrup, V., & Grey, M. (2009). Translating the diabetes prevention program to primary care: A pilot study. Nursing Research, 58, 2-12. 10.1097/NNR.0b013e31818fcef3, PMCID: PMC2689783.
Melkus, G.D., Whittemore, R. & Mitchell, J. (2009). Type 2 diabetes in urban black and rural white women. Diabetes Educator, 35, 293-301. 10.1177/0145721708327532.
Balukonis, J., Melkus, G.D., & Chyun, D. (2008). Grandparenthood status and health outcomes in mid-life African American women with type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity and Disease, 18, 141-146.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Tappen, R., Chyun, D., & Koenig, H.G. (2008). Relationships of religion and spirituality to glycemic control in Black women with type 2 diabetes. Nursing Research, 57, 331-339. 10.1097/01.NNR.0000313497.10154.66.
Newlin, K., Melkus, G.D., Jefferson, V., Langerman, S., Womack, J., & Chyun, D.A. (2006). Recruitment of black women with type 2 diabetes into a self-management intervention trial. Ethnicity & Disease, 16, 956-962 .
Chyun, D.A., Melkus, G.D., Katten, D.M., Price, W.J., Davey, J.A., Grey, N., Heller, G., & Wackers, F.J. (2006). The association of psychological factors, physical activity, neuropathy, and quality of life in type 2 diabetes. Biological Research for Nursing, 7, 279-288. doi:10.1177/1099800405285748.
Mauldon, M., Melkus, G.D. & Cagganello, M. (2006). Tomando Control: A culturally appropriate diabetes education program for Spanish-speaking individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus - evaluation of a pilot project. Diabetes Educator, 32, 751-760. 10.1177/0145721706291999.
Whittemore, R., Melkus, G.D., & Grey, M. (2005). Metabolic control, self-management and psychosocial adjustment in women with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14, 195-203. 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2004.00937.x.
Melkus, G.D., Spollett, G., Jefferson, V., Chyun, D., Tuohy, E., Robinson, T. & Kaisen, A. (2004). A culturally competent intervention of education and care for black women with type 2 diabetes. Applied Nursing Research, 17, 10-20. 10.1016/j.apnr.2003.10.009.