Ruggiano, Nicole, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and Professor
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Contact Information Departments
  • Research
Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Dementia Caregiving
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Policy
  • Health Self-Management

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  • PhD, University of Delaware
  • MSW, Temple University
  • BA, University of Delaware

Selected Publications:

Ruggiano, N., Ellis, T., Gibson, K., Smith,S., Turner, C., Curington, A., Phelps, C., Ferruccio, A., & Fendley, K. (2020). The Unity Wall Project: A Student-led Community Organizing Effort to Advance Public Discourse on Social Justice. Journal of Community Practice, 28(2), DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2020.1757007

Guo, Y., Yang, F., Hu, F., Li, W., Ruggiano, N., & Lee, H. Y. (2020). Systematic Analysis of Existing Smartphone Apps for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias to Support Self-Care Management. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Aging, 3(1) e15290.

Hao, Z. & Ruggiano, N. (2020). Family-Centeredness in Dementia Care: What is the Evidence?Social Work in Health Care, 59, 1-19.

Shtompel, N., Ruggiano, N., Thomlison, B, & Fant, K. (2019). Dyadic, self-administered cognitive intervention for healthy older adults: Participants’ perspectives. Activities, Adaptation, and Aging.

Ruggiano, N., Brown, E. L., Li, J., Geldmacher, D., Clark, P., Hristidis, V., & Bertram, J. (2019). Communicating with providers for dementia care: Perspectives from caregivers and the potential role for information technology. The Journal of Aging and Social Change, 9(3), doi: 

Ruggiano, N., Brown, E., Shaw, S., Geldmacher, D., Clarke, P., Hristidis, V., & Bertram, J. (2019). The potential of information technology to navigate caregiving systems: Perspectives from dementia caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 64,432-450

Ruggiano, N., Brown, E.L., Li, J., Scaccianoce, M. (2018). Rural caregivers and technology: What is the evidence? Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11, 216-224.

Ruggiano, N., Brown, E., & Fortuna, K. (2018). Adult day service providers: Untapped potential for care coordination.Nursing & Health Sciences Research Journal, 1, 42-48.

Brown, E., Ruggiano, N., & Meadows, J. (2017). The Caregiver Burden Alert (CBA): A tool for promoting dementia caregiver burden screening and referral. Home Health Care Management & Practice, doi: 10.1177/1084822317743476

Ruggiano, N., Schottefer, L., O’Driscoll, J., & Lukic, A. (2017). “Work is like a therapy that prevents aging”: Perceptions of retirement, productivity and health among minorities and immigrants. Ethnogerontology. 1-11,

Brown, E., Ruggiano, N., Li, J., Clarke, P. J., Kay, E. S., & Hristidis, V. (2017). Smartphone-based health technologies for dementia care: Opportunities, challenges, and current practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology, doi: 10.1177/0733464817723088

Ruggiano, N. & Perry, T. (2017). Conducting Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data: Should We, Can We, and How?Qualitative Social Work, doi:10.1177/1473325017700701

Ruggiano, N., Shtompel, N., Whiteman, K., & Sias, K., (2017). The role of transportation in health self-management among older adults with chronic conditions. Behavioral Medicine, 43, 61-70. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2015.1065788.

Ruggiano, N., Lukic, A., Blowers, A., & Doerner, J. (2016). Health self-management among older prisoners: Current understandings and directions for policy, practice, and research. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, doi:10.1080/01634372.2016.1257531

Whiteman, K., Ruggiano, N., Thomlison, B. (2016). Transforming mental health services to address gender disparities in depression risk factors. Journal of Women and Aging, doi:10.1080/08952841.2015.1072027.

Brown, E.L., Ruggiano, N., Page, T.F., Roberts, L., Hristidis, V., Whiteman, K., & Castro, J. (2016) Care Heroes web and Android apps for dementia caregivers: A feasibility study. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9, 193-203.

Ruggiano, N., Fortuna, K., & Shtompel, N. (2016) “If I don’t like the way I feel with a certain drug, I’ll tell them.” Older adults’ experiences with self-determination and health self-advocacy. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35, 401-420. doi: 10.1177/0733464814527513.

Ruggiano, N., Shtompel, N., & Edvardsson, D. (2015). Engaging in coordination of health and disability services as described by older adults: Processes and influential factors. The Gerontologist, 55, 1015-1025.

Ruggiano, N., Taliaferro, J. D., Dillon, F., Granger, T., & Scher, J. (2015). Identifying attributes of relationship management in non-profit policy advocacy, Journal of Policy Practice. 14, 212-230. doi:10.1080/15588742.2014.956970.

Shtompel, N., Fortuna, K., & Ruggiano, N. (2014). Negative feelings among older adults with chronic conditions. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57, 810-824. doi:10.1080/01634372.2014.898008.

Perry, T., Ruggiano, N., Shtompel, N., & Hassevoort, L. A. (2014). Applying Erikson’s wisdom to health self-management practices of older adults: Findings from two field studies. Research on Aging, 37, 253-274. doi:10.1177/0164027514527974.

Ruggiano, N., Taliaferro, J. D., Dillon, F., Granger, T., & Scher, J. (2014). Networking for Policy Advocacy: Identifying Predictors of Advocacy Success among Human Service Organizations. Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance, 38, 89-102. doi:10.1080/03643107.2013.828005


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