School of Nursing

Linda Samia PhD, RN, CNL

Associate Professor of Nursing
Linda Samia, PhD, RN, CNL, Associate Professor of Nursing

Office Location

223 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4437

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine
  • B.S. Nursing, Boston College


Dr. Samia joined the University of Southern Maine (USM) nursing faculty in 2007 upon completing her doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a PhD in nursing with a concentration in gerontology and health policy. Dr. Samia’s nursing practice spans a long career working with the older adult population in critical care, home care, and hospice. Prior to her academic career, she was a senior administrator for a large home care and hospice agency serving Maine and New Hampshire. Her research is focused on evaluating the translation of evidence-based programs supporting family caregivers of persons with dementia, and persons living alone in the community with dementia. She works in partnership with Maine’s Office of Aging and Disabilities and Area Agencies on Aging. The majority of her recent research was funded by the U. S. Administration for Community Living.  

Research Interests

  • Community Health
  • Home Healthcare
  • Gerontology
  • Healthy Aging
  • Caregiving
  • Hospice
  • Health Policy

Areas of Scholarship

  • Program Evaluator: Southern Maine Alzheimer’s Dementia Initiative funded by US Administration for Community Living: 10/2014–12/2017
  • Program Evaluator: Maine Dementia Capable Service Systems Grant funded by US Administration for Community Living: 6/2014-12/2016    
  • Principal Investigator: Maine Savvy Caregiver Program Enhancement: An Evidence Based
  • Intervention Grant to Better Serve People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
  • (ADRD) funded by US Administration on Aging: 9/2010-11/2014
  • Principal Investigator for the Maine Savvy Caregiver Project funded by the Administration on Aging October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2011.
  • Principal Investigator for the Work Environment and Job Related Stress Among Home Health Care Nurses funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) 12/2005 - 9/2007
  • Project Director for the Home Health Care Nurse Job Retention Study funded by the AHRQ

Recent Publications

  • Samia, L. W., O’Sullivan, A., Fallon, K. Aboueissa, A., & Hepburn, K. Building on self-efficacy for experienced family caregivers: The Savvy Advanced Program (March 12, 2018). The Gerontologist. gny016, 
  • Samia, L. W., Aboueissa, A., Halloran, J. & Hepburn, K. (2014). The Maine Savvy Caregiver Project: Translating an evidence-based dementia family caregiver Program within the RE-AIM Framework. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57, 640-661. Published first on-line Oct. 30, 2013.
  • Samia, L.W., Hepburn, K. W. & Nichols, L. (2012) “Flying by the seat of our pants”: What dementia family caregivers want in an advanced savvy caregiver Program. Research in Nursing & Health. 35, 598-609.
  • Samia, L. W., Ellenbecker, C. H., Haig Friedman, D., Dick, K. (2012). Home care Nurses’ experience of job stress and considerations for the work environment. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 31, 243-265.
  • Samia, L. W. & Ellenbecker, C. H. (2011). Strategies to recruit difficult to reach home healthcare nurses for research. Applied Nursing Research, (24) e17-e22.
  • Samia, L.W. & Ellenbecker, C.H. (2009). Strategies to recruit difficult to reach home healthcare nurses for research. A publication in review for Journal of Applied Nursing, Clinical Methods section. Under review.
  • Ellenbecker, C.H., Byleckie, J. & Samia, L. (2008). Further psychometric testing of the home healthcare nurse job satisfaction scale. Research in Nursing & Health, 31(2), 152-64.
  • Ellenbecker, C.H., Porell, F., Samia, L.W. & Byleckie, J.J. & Milburn, M.  (2008). Predictors of home healthcare nurse retention. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 40, 151-160.
  • Ellenbecker, C.H., Samia, L.W., Cushman, & M.J., Alster, K. (2008). Patient Safety and quality in home care. In R.G. Hughes (Ed).  Advances in patient safety and quality: An evidence-based handbook for nurses: Vol.1. Washington, DC: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.