Melissa Hladek

Melissa Hladek



Melissa deCardi Hladek PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a researcher-clinician focusing on how stress, self-efficacy, and sociocultural factors influence the biology of aging, chronic disease and frailty. Her research goals are to further understand the role of stress, coping and social determinants of health in aging and develop novel strengths-based, person-environment strategies and policies to mitigate these effects and center the patient’s voice in modern healthcare. As such, Dr. Hladek’s current work focuses around: 1. biological underpinnings of self-efficacy and resilience, 2. adaptation of a person-environment patient-directed intervention to improve end stage renal disease-related outcomes and 3. dissemination of a structured approach to center patient goals in shared decision-making with older adults, especially older Latinos. As a FNP, Dr. Hladek has worked with vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness and incarceration in both rural and urban settings with primarily Spanish-speaking communities and is currently an FNP at Esperanza Center in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Hladek teaches and mentors PhD and DNP students. She is the President for the NAHN-DC Metro Chapter and advisor for the Latinx Health Advisory Group at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

JHU Center Affiliation:
Center for Equity in Aging
Center for Cardiovascular & Chronic Care

Specialties and Expertise
  • Aging
  • Chronic Care
  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Family
  • Gerontology
  • Health Behavior
  • Mental Health
  • Resilience/Stress Coping
  • Self-Care
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Transplant