Diane Mahoney PhD, ANP-BC, FGSA, FAAN

Daine Mahoney
Professor Emerita

Dr. Diane Feeney Mahoney has been at the forefront of advancing elder care throughout her career.Appointed the inaugural Jacques Mohr Professor of Geriatric Nursing Research, she has made significant progress in studying the use of technology to improve the lives of elderly people and their family caregivers.

She is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of technology for aging, receiving the 2014 Cutting Edge Leadership Award from the International Society of Gerontechnology for her development of a "smart dresser" to interactively coach those with Alzheimer's disease who have difficulty dressing.

Dr. Mahoney had mentored numerous junior faculty, aiding several to receive their first research grant awards. During her career she has generated over $6M dollars in funding, published 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, and given hundreds of presentations. She retired in April 2017.

Research Interests

Dr. Mahoney is developing a "smart dresser" that senses and interacts with persons in middle stage dementia to guide them in real time according to their responsiveness through the dressing process. DRESS ultimately aims to reduce the demand on family caregivers for constant cueing and guidance and provide a respite break period. The proof of concept research was funded by the Alzheimer’s Association ETAC program (2011-13) for the original design and alpha prototype development of DRESS – (Developing a Responsive Emotive Sensing System). DRESS won the 2014 International Society of Gerontechnology Leading Edge Award for the best innovative technology.

Through funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Nursing Research, the system is being refined to incorporate feedback from cross cultural caregivers' focus groups to ensure adaptation to a variety of caregiving settings and users. She and her research team colleagues at NYU led by Dr. Winslow Burleson, PhD and Arizona State University School of Nursing headed by Dr. David Coon, PhD are collaborating in this project.


Ph.D., Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Research concentration in health policy and gerontology), Brandeis University, 1989
M.S., Nursing (Gerontological Nursing, CNS / GNP), UMASS/Lowell College of Health Professions, 1980
B.S., School of Nursing, Boston College, 1969



J. Albert,, L. Asen, R. Bodoff, S. Elliott, H. Higgins, Diane Mahoney, J. Mattern and et al, “Baby Boomer” Interest in the Use of Technology for the Delivery of Aging Services and Healthcare: A summary of focus group research, commissioned by Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), American Association of Homes and Services for Aging (AAHSA), Washington, DC., 2005.

Diane Mahoney, Healthy Aging, commissioned by Pre-retirement Planning Portfolio, Bureau of Business Practice, Conn., Prentice-Hall., 1991.

Diane Mahoney, D. Pearlman and J. Callahan, Crisis in Long-term Care: The Effects of a Worker Shortage on Care of the Cognitively Impaired, commissioned by Policy Center on Aging, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University, MA., 1987.

J. Singer, Diane Mahoney, G. Porell and L. Gruenberg, The Health Choice Medicare Demonstration: A Case Study, commissioned by Health Policy Center , Heller Graduate School, Brandeis U., 1987.


BS, Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
MS, Gerontological Nursing/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
PhD, Health Policy and Aging Research, Heller School, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Curriculum Vitae