Mary DiBartolo is a Professor and Fulton Endowed Professor of Geriatric Nursing at Salisbury University. Certified in gerontological nursing since 1991, Dr. DiBartolo has been a dedicated researcher, mentor, educator and advocate, particularly in area of gerontology and Alzheimer’s disease care. She has numerous publications and presentations which address both dementia care strategies and caregiving issues. In addition to her many years serving on the local and State Boards for the Alzheimer’s Association where she organized annual caregiver’s conferences, she is frequently an invited speaker at various conferences across the region. She has also developed a standardized patient toolkit on dementia communication and a massive open online course (MOOC) on Alzheimer’s disease/dementia care. She then expanded her expertise to Parkinson’s disease as she completed the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Faculty Scholar Program and has since participated in research on Parkinson’s disease and mobility and also developed a MOOC on Parkinson’s disease. She is the host of Focus on Health, a series of health education programs sponsored by the School of Nursing at Salisbury University, where she has produced over 300 televised segments. She has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing since 2004 and is a reviewer for several other journals. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award at Salisbury University and in 2018, was named a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. DiBartolo received a BSN from Towson University, MBA from Salisbury University and PhD from University of Maryland, Baltimore.