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Melissa Batchelor-Murphy
Office: 718 Rutherford Street, Room 154
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Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing

  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Melissa Batchelor-Murphy joined the DUSON faculty in July 2011. She earned a BSN (1996) and then a MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty (2000) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) School of Nursing (SON). From 2005 to 2011, she served as a full-time lecturer at the UNCW SON while maintaining a clinical practice as an FNP in geriatric primary care and nursing home settings. In 2011, she received the UNCW SON Faculty of the Year Award. She is board certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Gerontological Registered Nurse.

    Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was a 2009-2011 National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Patricia G. Archbold (a program previously known as the John A. Hartford Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Scholars program). She completed her PhD in nursing and a Post-Master’s Certificate in nurse education at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing in August 2011. Her dissertation, which focused on alleviating mealtime difficulties in older adults with dementia through development of a web-based dementia feeding skills training program for nursing home staff, received Distinguished Dissertation Award from the 2011 Southern Research Nursing Society/Aging Research Interest Group.

    Since joining the DUSON faculty, Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was awarded the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Claire M. Fagin Fellowship for 2012-2014 to support her post-doctoral program of study. With this funding, she conducted the first study to compare three different hand feeding techniques, which can be used to provide feeding assistance to persons with dementia in the nursing home setting. Additionally, she is a 2013-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. With this funding, she is completing an analysis of recorded meal interactions to determine the verbal and non-verbal behavioral cues that lead to increased meal intake in persons with dementia (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01780402).

    Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has also received funding as a Project Director for a study funded through the Adaptive Leadership for Cognitive Affective Symptom Science (ADAPT) Center, a Center of Excellence grant funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (ClinicalTrails.gov P30-NR014139; Project NCT02269956). This study being conducted 2014-2017. Her cumulative research efforts will result in development of a dementia skills training program for nursing home staff.

    Dr. Batchelor-Murphy currently maintains her clinical practice in the Duke Medicine Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) clinic. Her consultation practice serves the surrounding region though a team of interdisciplinary geriatric experts.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    PhD in Nursing Program


    PhDMedical University of South Carolina School of Nursing
    MSNUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington
    BSNUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington

    Professional Certifications

    FNP-BCFamily Nurse Practitioner Certification
    RN-BCGerontological Registered Nurse Certification

    Research Interests

    ● Alleviating mealtime difficulties in persons with dementia
    ● Nursing home care
    ● Workforce training