Marilyn Gugliucci

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


Director, Geriatrics Research

Director, U-ExCEL Older Adult Fitness/Wellness Program


Decary Hall 58E
Biddeford Campus
Eligible for Student Opportunities

Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci is a Professor and the Director for Geriatrics Research, as well as the Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults. Her faculty appointment is 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.  Her research mentorship with students is broad and diverse; focused on clinical and person-centered care. Projects are either directly mentored by Dr. G or she connects students with mentors at other higher education institutions, hospitals or labs.

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 served on the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) inaugural board of directors (2019-2020), on the GSA Council for 8 years, and held the position of GSA Health Sciences Section Chair (1750 members, 2012-2013). Dr. Gugliucci served on the Association for Gerontology in higher Education (AGHE) board for 11 years and was elected AGHE president serving from 2008-2010. In this role she led the organization to create and endorse new reframed language definitions for geriatrics and gerontology. She is on the review boards for the British Geriatrics Medicine Journal, International Journal of Clinical Medicine, Journal of Hospital Medicine, and Journal of Veteran Studies. She serves on the Executive and Review Boards for the Aging International Journal and 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 has and continues to serve on a number of boards related to aging and health. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Maine Council on Aging (founding board member and secretary), Piper Shores Life Care Retirement Community, Hospice of Southern Maine Ethics Board, and Maine Chapter of the American Geriatrics Society (Dirigo Geriatrics Society board member and secretary).  She was a founding board member of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) Maine and the Maine Gerontological Society (president, 2010-2012, founding board member).

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

Gugliucci, MR & Shovali, TE. Co-Editors-in-Chief. (2021- Accepted) Gerontology and Geriatrics Curricular Standards and Guidelines in Higher Education, 7th Edition. Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC.

  • Shovali, T & Gugliucci, M. Chapter 1: Introduction: Embracing Competency-Based Education in the Field of Aging
  • Gugliucci, M & Shovali, T. Chapter 2: Chapter Anatomy for Gerontology and Health Professions
  • Gugliucci, M & Graham R. Chapter 9: Doctoral Degree Programs in Gerontology and Aging Studies
  • Gugliucci, M, Giovanis, A & Bates, B.  Chapter 10: Geriatrics Curricula for Undergraduate Medical Education in Osteopathic Medicine
  • Gugliucci, M & Brewer, C. Chapter 11: Foundational Gerontology/Geriatrics Curricula Guidelines for Health Related Programs
  • Springer, S,  Slatum, P & Gugliucci, M. Chapter 12: Foundational Gerontology/Geriatrics Curricula Guidelines for Doctor in Pharmacy Degree Programs

Gugliucci, M. R., Weaver, S. A., & Lin, A (2021) Vet to Vet Maine: A Pilot Study Measuring Effectiveness of a Veteran Companion Program in Reducing Social Isolation and Loneliness. Journal of Veterans Studies, 7(1): X, pp. 1–15.

Gugliucci, M, Weaver, S, & and Lin, A. (2020) Vet to vet Maine companion program study: COVID-19 effect on increasing social isolation and loneliness (Abstract). European Geriatrics Medicine 11 (Suppl 1):S106

Gugliucci, M & Silerstein, N. (2020) Advancing Age Inclusivity on College Campuses Toolkit. Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education. Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC.

Padmanabhan, DL, Ayyaswami, V, Prabhu, AV., Sinclair, C, & Gugliucci, MR. (2020) The #PalliativeCare Conversation: An Analysis of Trends, Content and Caregiver Perspectives, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Gugliucci, M, Padmanabhan, D, & Silberstein, E (August 2020) 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Encourages Medical Students to Broaden Their Views on Dying and Death, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Vol. 120, 516-523. doi:


Robertson, E. & Gugliucci, M (2021) Physical Activity in Rural Communities Chapter in: Handbook of Rural Aging, Editor-in-Chief: Kaye, L. Routledge:NY, NY; Taylor & Francis Group.

Gugliucci, MR & Weaver, SA (2020) Array of opportunities in health professions education programs to advance older adult health care, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 41:1, 1-3, DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2020.1725262

Pierce, DM, Gugliucci, MR and Weaver, SA (2019) Functional Contentment Model: Optimizing Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, 439-451.

Gugliucci, M, & O’Neill, D (2019) Health professions education: advancing geriatrics and gerontology competencies through Age- Friendly University (AFU) Principles, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2019.1576658

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.

Funded grants

BEAM – Bereavement Education Action Management -Maine Health Care Association Advisory Leadership. Goal to create competencies and approaches for training on how to hand dying and death in LTC environments. Civil Money Penalty Funding, 2019-2022


Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, HRSA Grant.  Partnership with UNE COM, Maine Medical Center, Northern Lights Medical Center and UMaine Center on Aging. Gugliucci, M: Director, for Geriatrics Education Mentors [GEM] Project for OMS I and OMS II medical student education. PI; S. Wehry, 2019-2023

National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Technology Grant: Empathy Learned Through an Extended Medical Education Virtual Reality Project. Validating a Pre/Post Empathy assessment for Virtual Reality, 2019-2020

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

Death and Dying

Veteran Studies

Research topics

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