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College of Nursing Faculty

Elaine AmellaElaine J. Amella, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAAN

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
MSC 160
Charleston, SC 29425-1600

Telephone: (843) 792-4627
Fax: (843) 792-2104

Dr. Elaine Amella is a Professor in the College of Nursing, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Amella received her Bachelors degree from Pace University, her Masters and Doctorate in Nursing from New York University, and was previously on faculty at New York University and the University of Arizona. Prepared as an Advanced Practice Nurse in geriatrics, Dr. Amella specialized in nursing and interdisciplinary care of the older adults for over 30 years. She received several honors including the Southern Nursing Research Society Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Award, and a fellowship at the John A. Hartford Geriatric Nursing Institute. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Gerontological Society of America. She has presents nationally and internationally, and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Amella has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NINR and NIA) for community and institutionally-based interventions to help caregivers manage meals for individuals with dementia, the USDA for the testing of rural nutrition and food safety training programs, the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions for training undergraduate nursing students in the concepts of geriatrics, and has had NY State and university funding. Currently, Dr. Amella is part of an interprofessional team of scientists exploring prevention of Alzheimer’s disease using animal and human models.

Dr. Amella is on the editorial boards of Geriatric Nursing, and the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. She holds leadership positions at a national level in several major nursing and gerontology organizations.