Dr. Gordana “Dana” Dermody is a teaching and research scholar in the position of Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is actively engaged in conducting research at the Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (CNMRC), Edith Cowan University. Dana’s research focuses on the development and implementation of aging in place technologies (AiPT) and solutions to support safe mobility and home management of older adults with significant chronic disease who desire to remain living at home as they age.
Dana is the Course Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Care of the Ageing (I68). She also teaches the Mixed Methods Stream of the Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches (RES5115). Dana coordinates several units each term, including a master’s unit Clinical Leadership and Management (CLM6100), and the Contemporary Care of the Ageing I and II (NUR5211, NUR5212).
- 2015 - 2017: Clinical Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Spokane WA
- 2012 - 2014: Special Projects Coordinator, Saint Anthony Medical Center Rockford, IL
- 2012 - 2015: Assistant Professor, Saint Anthony College of Nursing Rockford, IL
- 2002 - 2012: Clinical Nursing Practice.
- Australian Association of Gerontology
- Australian College of Nursing
- Gerontologic Society of America
- Sigma Theta Tau International
Government, Private or Professional Society Advisory Committees
- Clinical Nurse Leader Association International Advisory Board Member
- Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) Board of Commissionaire, Member.
Awards and Recognition
- 2013 - 2015: Chancellor Scholar University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM)
- 2014: Harriet Werely Doctoral Fellow, UWM
- 2014: Mathy Mezzey Scholar
- 2014: Helen Bader Scholarship for Studies in Aging, UWM
- 2013: Chancellor Award, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) ($25,000)
- 2013: Helen Bader Scholarship for Studies in Aging, UWM ($3,000).
Research Areas and Interests
Dr. Dermody’s research focuses on using ageing-in-place technologies (AiPT) such as smart homes to support older adults across the aging and care continuum. In particular, she is interested in the aging-in-pace movement and use of remote health monitoring to promote safe ageing-in-place of older adults with chronic conditions, frailty and associated functional decline which frequently impact this population. Currently, a major line of research inquiry is the use of aging in place technologies (AiPT) such as smart homes with artificial intelligence capabilities to support aging-in-place and the home management of persons with significant chronic disease. This multidisciplinary research is performed in the space between nursing and engineering and under the umbrella of a newly emerging field, Gerontechnology.
- Dermody, G., & Van Son, C. (2016). Evidence-based practice in the global community: Building bridges. In H.R. Hall & L.A. Roussel (Eds.), Evidence-based practice an integrative approach to research, administration and practice (2nd ed.) (pp. 357-371). Jones & Bartlett.
- Dermody, G. (2016). The evolution of a nurse-driven mobility initiative on a certified stroke unit: Pioneering the Clinical Nurse Leader role in a Magnet designated medical center. In J.L. Harris, L. Roussel, & P.L. Thomas (Eds.). Initiating and sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader role: A practical guide (3rd ed.) (pp. 13-19). Jones & Bartlett.
- Dermody, G. (2016). Overcoming Resistance to Change with Complexity Change Theory. In J.L. Harris, L. Roussel, & P.L. Thomas (Eds.), Initiating and sustaining the Clinical Nurse Leader role: A practical guide (3rd ed.) (pp. 217-218). Jones & Bartlett.
- International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, May 2019. Dermody, G.,& Fritz, R.Conceptual framework for clinician-in-the-loop smart home predictive analytics. Podium presentation.
- International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, May 2019. Dermody, G.,Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., Slider, M., Bakker, J., & Glass, C. A volunteer program to promote ambulation of hospitalized adult patients: A pilot Study. Podium presentation.
- National Kidney Foundation, Spring Clinical Meeting. Boston, May 2019. Pleyo, R., & Dermody G. Kidney Care Decision Making Tool. Poster presentation.
- Western Institute of Nursing Symposium: Conceptual frameworks for clinicians working with smart homes, Spokane, Washington State, April 2018. Dermody, G.,& Fritz, R. Conceptual frameworks for clinician-in-the-loop smart homes predictive analytics. Symposium.
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Summit,California, February 2018. Dermody, G.,Odom-Maryon, T., Zimmerman, J., Slider, M., & Bakker, J. The Feasibility of a Volunteer Walking Program to Promote the Physical Activity of Hospitalized Adult Patients: A Pilot Study. Poster presentation, honourable mention.
- AACN Doctoral Education Conference, California, January 2017. Dermody, G.,& Bryant, R. Rethinking Translational Science: The DNP-PhD Praxis Education Model.Poster presentation.
- Dermody, G., & Thomas, T. The Global Vision to Advancing Nursing Leadership Internationally: Academic and Practice Partnerships and Mentoring for International Clinical Nurse Leader Role Development. Podium presentation.
- AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Summit,California, February 2017. Katsumata, A., Kakuta, M., & Dermody, G. Power of Nursing Leadership: Clinical Nurse Leader Role Implementation in Japan through Academic Clinical Collaboration. Poster presentation.
- Western Institute of Nursing Research, Colorado, April 2017. Dermody, G., Kovach, C.K., Parrish, R., & Zimmerman, J.Nurses’ Perspectives on Barriers to Promoting Mobility in Hospitalized Older Patients. Poster presentation.
- Western Institute of Nursing Research, Colorado, April 2017. Dermody, G., & Abshire, D. Improving the hospital-to-home transition of rural-dwelling older adults. Poster presentation.
- Sigma Theta Tau 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, July 2017. Dermody, G., & Bryant, R. Participatory Approach to Build Capacity: Nurse-Led Research to Overcome Insufficient Mobility in Hospitalized Older Adults. Podium presentation.