Mary Dioise Ramos, PhD, RN

Dr. Mary Dioise Ramos is a Research Mentor and Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University Wellstar School of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Nursing degrees from the University of Santo Tomas. Dr. Ramos has worked in the field of aging for almost 20 years. She has a broad range of experience, including education and experience in nursing, leadership and management, research and evaluation, curriculum development, working with older adults and families, and direct patient care.

Her primary research interests are health disparities in aging research, family caregiving, and dementia. She focuses on understanding the behavioral processes associated with aging and the factors affecting their healthcare decisions. Her work aims at developing culturally tailored interventions for underrepresented aging populations involving their families and social support to improve their quality of life. She also has special interests in advanced analytic techniques to model data in large-scale, longitudinal, and dyadic studies using big data. Dr. Ramos has presented nationally and internationally and published several journal articles related to aging and health behavior. She is an innovative educator, a transformative leader, and an advocate for research on promoting healthy aging, positive health behavior, community engagement, and health literacy. She received the Georgia Asian Times Valiant Award in 2019. The Philippine Nurses Association of America awarded her the 2020 Excellence in Research. The National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence recognized her as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing 2021.