Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN joined the faculty of George Washington (GW) University’s School of Nursing in August of 2018 as an Associate Professor, and is the Director of the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Prior to joining GW, she was an Associate Professor at Duke University School of Nursing and lecturer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s School of Nursing.
Dr. Batchelor’s clinical expertise is in geriatrics and long-term care, with a particular focus on caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (dementia). Dr. Batchelor has worked as an administrative Registered Nurse (RN) in skilled nursing homes and practiced as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) across long-term care settings. She is board-certified as a Gerontological RN and FNP.
Dr. Batchelor’s program of research is focused on improving nutritional outcomes for older adults with dementia by teaching caregivers to use different handfeeding techniques to increase meal intake (demonstration video available at MelissaBPhD.com/NOSH). Her research has been supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the National Institute of Health/ National Institute for Nursing Research. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the Gerontological Society of America (FGSA). In 2017-2018, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and served the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).