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Diane Mahoney


Heller School, Brandeis U, WalthamPhD1989Social Policy, Gerontology
UMass/Lowell, Lowell, MAMS1980Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MABS1969Nursing
Woods Hole Marine Bio Institute, Cape Cod1999Medical Informatics
Distinguished alumni award
Senior Scientist
Nurse Researcher of the Year
National Research Award Recognition
Faculty Excellence in Research Award
Leading Edge Award for Best Innovative Technology

Diane Mahoney PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Jacque Mohr Professor of Geriatric Nursing Research and the Director of Gerontechnology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, the academic affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a senior scientist at the MGH Munn Institute for Nursing Research. Mahoney is a social scientist, gerontechnologist, geriatric nurse practitioner, and nurse informaticist. She conducts mainly applied clinical intervention research and has been a PI on 17 funded projects primarily sponsored by NIH and the Alzheimer's foundation. She serves as a faculty research mentor to new and junior investigators at the MGH-IHP, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the NIH/NIA summer institute workshop for new investigators. She has over 20 years of experience in researching community dwelling frail older adults and especially persons with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. Mahoney was the Boston site PI for the NIA/NINR REACH project, the largest multi-site caregiver intervention study conducted by NIH. Over the last decade she has focused on developing and testing innovative remote elder home monitoring technologies for residential and senior housing complexes, and family self assessment of a relatives' memory loss. Currently she is developing an automated dressing coach for cognitively impaired persons and their caregivers in collaboration with engineering and computer scientists. She has published over 85 research articles in gerontology, nursing, medical, policy, housing, and technology peer reviewed journals. She is a fellow in both the GSA and the American Academy of Nursing.
Her office is in Bldg39 on the MGH 's Charlestown Navy Yard Campus.
E-mail: dmahoney@mghihp.edu or dmahoney2@partners.org

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  1. R21NR013471 (MAHONEY, DIANE FEENEY) Apr 3, 2014 - Feb 28, 2016
    Technology in home intervention to sustain dementia patients dressing abilities
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. ETAC-11-200316 (Diane Mahoney) Sep 1, 2011 - Aug 31, 2013
    Alzheimer’s Association
    Context Aware Computing with Motivational Coaching to Enable Dressing
    Role Description: To obtain Alzheimer’s caregivers input into the needs, design and alpha prototype development of a smart dresser to support people with mid stage dementia to dress independently
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Burleson W, Lozano C, Ravishankar V, Lee J, Mahoney D. An Assistive Technology System that Provides Personalized Dressing Support for People Living with Dementia: Capability Study. JMIR Med Inform. 2018 May 01; 6(2):e21. PMID: 29716885.
    Citations: 3     
  2. Mahoney DF, Coon DW, Lozano C. Latino/Hispanic Alzheimer's caregivers experiencing dementia-related dressing issues: corroboration of the Preservation of Self model and reactions to a "smart dresser" computer-based dressing aid. Digit Health. 2016 Nov; 2. PMID: 27928511.
    Citations: 3     
  3. Mahoney DF, Burleson W, Lozano C, Ravishankar V, Mahoney EL. Prototype Development of a Responsive Emotive Sensing System (DRESS) to aid older persons with dementia to dress independently. Gerontechnology. 2015; 13(3):345-358. PMID: 26321895.
    Citations: 6     
  4. Mahoney DF, LaRose S, Mahoney EL. Family caregivers' perspectives on dementia-related dressing difficulties at home: The preservation of self model. Dementia (London). 2015 Jul; 14(4):494-512. PMID: 24339112.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Kelly NA, Mahoney DF, Bonner A, O'Malley T. Use of a transitional minimum data set (TMDS) to improve communication between nursing home and emergency department providers. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Jan; 13(1):85.e9-15. PMID: 21450258.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Ladd EC, Mahoney DF, Emani S. "Under the radar": nurse practitioner prescribers and pharmaceutical industry promotions. Am J Manag Care. 2010 Dec 01; 16(12):e358-62. PMID: 21291293.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Mahoney DF. An Evidence-Based Adoption of Technology Model for Remote Monitoring of Elders' Daily Activities. Ageing Int. 2010 Sep 23; 36(1):66-81. PMID: 21423843.
    Citations: 7     
  8. Mahoney EL, Mahoney DF. Acceptance of wearable technology by people with Alzheimer's disease: issues and accommodations. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Sep; 25(6):527-31. PMID: 20702501.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Tak SH, Benefield LE, Mahoney DF. Technology for long-term care. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2010 Jan; 3(1):61-72. PMID: 20128544.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Mahoney DF, Ladd E. More than a prescriber: gerontological nurse practitioners' perspectives on prescribing and pharmaceutical marketing. Geriatr Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb; 31(1):17-27. PMID: 20159350.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Mahoney DF, Goc K. Tensions in Independent Living Facilities for Elders: A Model of Connected Disconnections. J Hous Elderly. 2009 Jul 01; 23(3):166-184. PMID: 20161473.
    Citations: 2     
  12. Mahoney DM, Mutschler PH, Tarlow B, Liss E. Real world implementation lessons and outcomes from the Worker Interactive Networking (WIN) project: workplace-based online caregiver support and remote monitoring of elders at home. Telemed J E Health. 2008 Apr; 14(3):224-34. PMID: 18570545.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Mahoney DF, Purtilo RB, Webbe FM, Alwan M, Bharucha AJ, Adlam TD, Jimison HB, Turner B, Becker SA. In-home monitoring of persons with dementia: ethical guidelines for technology research and development. Alzheimers Dement. 2007 Jul; 3(3):217-26. PMID: 19595941.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    
  14. Mahoney DF, Cloutterbuck J, Neary S, Zhan L. African American, Chinese, and Latino family caregivers' impressions of the onset and diagnosis of dementia: cross-cultural similarities and differences. Gerontologist. 2005 Dec; 45(6):783-92. PMID: 16326660.
    Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Neary SR, Mahoney DF. Dementia caregiving: the experiences of Hispanic/Latino caregivers. J Transcult Nurs. 2005 Apr; 16(2):163-70. PMID: 15764640.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Nichols L, Martindale-Adams J, Burns R, Coon D, Ory M, Mahoney D, Tarlow B, Burgio L, Gallagher-Thompson D, Guy D, Arguelles T, Winter L. Social marketing as a framework for recruitment: illustrations from the REACH study. J Aging Health. 2004 Nov; 16(5 Suppl):157S-76S. PMID: 15448292.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Harrow BS, Mahoney DF, Mendelsohn AB, Ory MG, Coon DW, Belle SH, Nichols LO. Variation in cost of informal caregiving and formal-service use for people with Alzheimer's disease. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2004 Sep-Oct; 19(5):299-308. PMID: 15553986.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Haley WE, Gitlin LN, Wisniewski SR, Mahoney DF, Coon DW, Winter L, Corcoran M, Schinfeld S, Ory M. Well-being, appraisal, and coping in African-American and Caucasian dementia caregivers: findings from the REACH study. Aging Ment Health. 2004 Jul; 8(4):316-29. PMID: 15370048.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  19. Schulz R, Mendelsohn AB, Haley WE, Mahoney D, Allen RS, Zhang S, Thompson L, Belle SH. End-of-life care and the effects of bereavement on family caregivers of persons with dementia. N Engl J Med. 2003 Nov 13; 349(20):1936-42. PMID: 14614169.
    Citations: 92     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  20. Gitlin LN, Belle SH, Burgio LD, Czaja SJ, Mahoney D, Gallagher-Thompson D, Burns R, Hauck WW, Zhang S, Schulz R, Ory MG. Effect of multicomponent interventions on caregiver burden and depression: the REACH multisite initiative at 6-month follow-up. Psychol Aging. 2003 Sep; 18(3):361-74. PMID: 14518800.
    Citations: 96     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Mahoney DF, Tarlow BJ, Jones RN. Effects of an automated telephone support system on caregiver burden and anxiety: findings from the REACH for TLC intervention study. Gerontologist. 2003 Aug; 43(4):556-67. PMID: 12937334.
    Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  22. Mahoney DF. Vigilance. Evolution and definition for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's disease. J Gerontol Nurs. 2003 Aug; 29(8):24-30. PMID: 13677157.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Schulz R, Burgio L, Burns R, Eisdorfer C, Gallagher-Thompson D, Gitlin LN, Mahoney DF. Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH): overview, site-specific outcomes, and future directions. Gerontologist. 2003 Aug; 43(4):514-20. PMID: 12937330.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Mahoney DF, Jones RN, Coon DW, Mendelsohn AB, Gitlin LN, Ory M. The Caregiver Vigilance Scale: application and validation in the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) project. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2003 Jan-Feb; 18(1):39-48. PMID: 12613133.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Mahoney DF, Tarlow BJ, Jones RN, Sandaire J. Effects of a multimedia project on users' knowledge about normal forgetting and serious memory loss. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2002 Jul-Aug; 9(4):383-94. PMID: 12087119.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  26. Mahoney DM, Tarlow B, Jones RN, Tennstedt S, Kasten L. Factors affecting the use of a telephone-based intervention for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. J Telemed Telecare. 2001; 7(3):139-48. PMID: 11346473.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  27. Tarlow BA, Mahoney DF. The cost of recruiting Alzheimer's disease caregivers for research. J Aging Health. 2000 Nov; 12(4):490-510. PMID: 11503729.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Mahoney DF, Tarlow B, Sandaire J. A computer-mediated intervention for Alzheimer's caregivers. Comput Nurs. 1998 Jul-Aug; 16(4):208-16; quiz 217-8. PMID: 9675988.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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