Salimah H Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 337 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 573-7128

Dr. Meghani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences. She earned her MSN in Adult Acute Care and PhD in Nursing/MBE in Biomedical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a post-doctoral training at the Center for Health Disparities Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Dr. Meghani joined UPenn Nursing faculty in 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012.

Dr. Meghani teaches two core courses in the Palliative Care Minor and has taught a core doctoral course in Quantitative Research Design and Methods. Her courses are extremely well-received and consistently rated highly by her students across all levels. Dr. Meghani has been recognized for her teaching excellence through several teaching awards including the Barbara J. Lowery Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award given by the doctoral students to a member of the faculty that has advanced nursing science through exemplary doctoral teaching and student mentorship; Dean’s Award for Exemplary Teaching for demonstrated excellence in teaching that includes knowledge of the subject matter, innovative teaching methods, fostering professional development, and accessibility; and Anne Keane Teaching Award given in recognition of distinguished teaching that is intellectually demanding and permanent in its effect.

Dr. Meghani’s main research interest involves palliative care, specifically understanding and addressing sources of disparities in symptom management and outcomes among vulnerable populations. Her earlier work explicated sources of racial disparities in cancer pain outcomes (NIH/NINR 1K01NR010886) and clarified the role of patient-provider factors contributing to shaping preferences and adherence funded by highly competitive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Challenge Grant (NIH 1RC1NR011591).This longitudinal, interdisciplinary study leveraged methods from behavioral economics and patient-reported outcomes to understand sources of clinical disparities, preference-formation, consequent medication taking behavior, and clinical outcomes among cancer patients. Currently, Dr. Meghani is leading an American Cancer Society-funded project to elicit patients-family dyad generated ideas to improve cancer pain management and to convert ideas to actionable interventions specific to decreasing disparities (ACS #128779-PEP-15-186-01).Dr. Meghani has also received competitive research funding from the Resource Center for Minority Aging; Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion; and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Dr. Meghani's research and scholarship has been recognized nationally; she was appointed on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life; is the past Chair of the American Pain Society Pain and Disparities Shared Interest Group; serves on the Editorial Board of Pain Medicine: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine; and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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• NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health


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