Marilyn Gugliucci

Marilyn R. Gugliucci, M.A., Ph.D., AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF, NAOMEF

Professor Director, Geriatrics Education and Research Director, U-ExCEL Older Adult Fitness/Wellness Program


Decary Hall 58 E
Biddeford Campus
On campus

Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci is a Professor and the Director for Geriatrics Education and Research, as well as the Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults within the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) Division of Geriatrics. Her "Learning by Living" research projects, UNE COM signature programs, advances medical and health professions students' learning through the application of ethnographic/autobiographic immersion research methods.  Learning by Living: Nursing Home Immersion involves "admitting" medical students into nursing homes to live the life of an elder resident for 10-14 days complete with a diagnosis and standard procedures of care.  The Learning by Living: 48 Hour Hospice Home research immerses students into an 18 bed acute care in-patient hospice home to work with an interprofessional team in providing patient care, family support, and post mortem care.  She also conducts research on older adult function, falls, and proprioception.

Dr. Gugliucci is a Fellow of the National Association of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and the Maine Gerontological Society (MGS). Her expertise and passion in the field of aging has resulted in numerous presentations nationally and internationally. Her international presentations were conducted in Greece (2020), Ireland (2018), IAGG San Francisco (2017), Germany (2016), Norway (2015), Ireland (2015 & 2012), Italy, (2013), Austria (2004), and England (2003). She serves on the national GSA Board of Directors (2019-2020), served on the GSA Council for 8 years, and held the position of Chair (2012-2013) for the Health Sciences Section (1750 members). Dr. Gugliucci served on the AGHE board for 11 years and was elected president serving from 2008-2010. In this role she led the organization to create and endorse new forward thinking definitions for geriatrics and gerontology. She is on the review boards for the Aging International Journal, the International Journal of Clinical Medicine, and is on the Executive and Review Boards for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, among others. Although not a nurse, she was a mentor for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses/Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. In Maine, she served on the boards for Maine Legal Services for the Elderly, St Andre Health Care, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, SAGE Maine, and the Maine Gerontological Society; also serving as MGS president (2010-2012). She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Piper Shores Life Care Retirement Community, Hospice of Southern Maine Ethics Board, and Maine Council on Aging (Founding Director). 

In March 2018, the Association for Gerontology/Geriatrics in Higher Education (AGHE) bestowed their highest honor, the Clark Tibbitts Award, to Dr. Gugliucci in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education. Additionally, she was awarded the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Innovation in the Development of Enduring Medical Education Award  (2017) by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine for the 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Life Altering Medical Education & Research Project. In 2014 she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizing her as an exemplar of humanistic person care and as a role model, mentor, and leader in medicine.  In 2013, Dr. Gugliucci was awarded the Marguerite Elliott Innovations in Clinical Medical Education Award from the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators for the Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion project. Other recognitions include the 2012 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Hiram Friedsam Mentorship Award for her excellence in mentoring students, faculty, and administrators in the field of aging; and the 2012 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and MaineToday Media, Inc. Healthcare Hero Award for her excellence, dedication, innovation, compassion and exemplary achievements as a Health Care Educator in Maine.



Montclair State University
Lesley University

Post-Doctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Training, Boston University Gerontology/Geriatrics
Boston University (Boston , Massachusetts)


Current research

Thriving in Place Grant: MEHAF funded project to aid older adults and those on disability to remain in their homes. Project Catchment AreaL Greater Sanford, ME

Learning by Living Nursing Home Immersion (each summer) 

Hospice Home Immersion (one weekend per month/12 months a year

Selected publications

Brown, W, Marcello, M, and Gugliucci, M, Patient-Centered Care: Medical Students Engagement Through Immersion Learning. Journal of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Accepted, Publication TBD,  December 2017.

Drozda, D & Gugliucci, M. (2017) Medical Education Immersion Learning: Student Lives the Life of an Elder Nursing Home Resident. Case Report, J Aging Geriatr Med, Vol: 1 Issue: 2.

Kodela, J, Gugliucci, M, and Farrell, C (2016) End of Life Care Medical Education: 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Alters Students’ Lives. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7, 381-388.

Tobarran N, Byrne T, Gugliucci MR (2016) Accelerated Medical Education: Impact of a 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 5: 299. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000299

Hondros-McCarthy, I., Barber, P. and Gugliucci, M.R. (2016) Learning by Living: Empathy Learned
through an Extended Medical Education Immersion Project. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 7, 236-244.

Hecker, J. E. & Gugliucci, M (2015) A Call to Action: Maine’s Colleges and Universities Respond to an Aging Population. Maine Policy Review 24.2: 36 -41,

Gugliucci, M, Malhotra, H, & Gaul, A, (March 2015) Hospice Home Immersion Project: Advancing Medical Education. International Journal of Clinical Medicine; Special Issue: Hospice and Palliative Care, Vol.6 No.3, 158-169. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2015.63021

Gugliucci, M (2015) Learning by Living: Life Altering Medical Education Immersion Research, (Abstract) European Geriatric Medicine Journal, Volume 6, Supplement 1, S 14, DOI:

Gugliucci, M (2015) Hospice Home Immersion Project: Advancing Medical Education (Abstract) Volume 6, Supplement 1, Pages S80–S81. DOI:

Gugliucci, M (2014) Nursing Home Living: The Complexities and Potential The Gerontologist, Vol. 54, No. 4, 718–731, doi:10.1093/geront/gnu065

Carbone, M. & Gugliucci, M. (2014) Delirium and the Family Caregiver: The Need for Evidence Based Education Interventions; The Gerontologist, Vol. 00, No. 00, 1–8, doi:10.1093/geront/gnu035, Forum; Special Issue: Successful Aging


Other scholarly activity

Geriatrics/Gerontology Curriculum Development and Competencies.

Chair, Association for Gerontology/Geriatrics in Higher Education Program of Merit; Academic Curricula Review.

Founding member, Accreditation for Gerontology Education Council (AGEC) ~ the first accreditation organization for associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree gerontology programs in higher education.

Invited plenary presentation

Immersion Research: Learning by Living in Nursing Homes (Oral) Kongress der Deutschen Gerellschaft Fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie, Stuttgart, Germany, September 7-10, 2016
• One of four ambassadors selected to represent the Gerontological Society of America
• Ambassadors selected by the German Congress Committee

Research interests

Learning by Living: Nursing Home Immersion Research

48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Research

Falls Prevention for older adults including those with blindness or vision impairment

Oral Health in Nursing Homes


Research topics

COM Faculty Research
COM Geriatrics
COM Medical Education
Exercise and Resilience
Statistics and Experimental Designs

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