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Maureen Mealy, RN, BSN, MSCN, CRND

Maureen Mealy

Doctoral Type:

PhD Student




Maureen Mealy, a certified multiple sclerosis certified nurse, began her nursing career in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and later joined the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis (TM), and Encephalitis Centers. She then moved to Dallas to help establish a Transverse Myelitis and Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Program at the University of Texas Southwestern University and Pediatric Demyelinating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In 2010, Mealy rejoined Johns Hopkins as program manager, clinical research director, and senior nurse of the Johns Hopkins TM Center and NMO Clinic. Patient, family, and community education about these rare neuroimmunologic disorders of the central nervous system are a key part of her role in the center and community. Her research interests lie in creating algorithms for management of acute inflammatory myelopathy, utilizing radiology as a predictor for neuroimmunologic disease severity, and characterizing the effects of pain on quality of life in patients with NMO.

Dissertation Focus

The Impact of Pain on Quality of Life in Neuromyelitis Optica Patients

Major Achievement(s)

  • Published peer-reviewed original science research in Neurology, JAMA Neurology, and Multiple Sclerosis Journal
  • Presented research at the annual conference of the American Academy of Neurology (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society