Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist
+1 415 476-8845

Jennifer Merrilees received her doctorate degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics at the Memory and Aging Center and Associate Clinical Professor (volunteer series) for the UCSF School of Nursing. Jennifer is part of a multidisciplinary team focused on the evaluation and management of people with cognitive and behavioral symptoms. She is the nurse coordinator of our clinical services, responsible for reviewing all new patient referrals, patient triage and dealing with patient care issues. She participates in a nurse-run clinic focused on dementia behavior management and conducts research focused on dementia family caregivers. She is part of the CMS-funded Care Ecosystem study, testing a model of supportive dementia care. Jennifer is co-investigator for two NIH-level funded projects focused on dementia family caregivers. One seeks to characterize the nature of emotions experienced by dementia family caregivers and the other aims to increase positive affect as a strategy for coping with stress. She is also one of the primary nurses for the NIH-funded program project grant entitled Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions where she conducts family interviews and collects data that focus on functional aspects and dementia severity.


Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem.

PLoS medicine

Possin KL, Merrilees J, Bonasera SJ, Bernstein A, Chiong W, Lee K, Wilson L, Hooper SM, Dulaney S, Braley T, Laohavanich S, Feuer JE, Clark AM, Schaffer MW, Schenk AK, Heunis J, Ong P, Cook KM, Bowhay AD, Gearhart R, Chodos A, Naasan G, Bindman AB, Dohan D, Ritchie C, Miller BL

Non-pharmacological Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Frontotemporal and Other Dementias.

Current neurology and neuroscience reports

Barton C, Ketelle R, Merrilees J, Miller B

Evaluating and treating neurobehavioral symptoms in professional American football players: Lessons from a case series.

Neurology. Clinical practice

Gardner RC, Possin KL, Hess CP, Huang EJ, Grinberg LT, Nolan AL, Cohn-Sheehy BI, Ghosh PM, Lanata S, Merrilees J, Kramer JH, Berger MS, Miller BL, Yaffe K, Rabinovici GD

Criminal behavior in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease.

JAMA neurology

Liljegren M, Naasan G, Temlett J, Perry DC, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Grinberg LT, Seeley WW, Englund E, Miller BL

Life enhancing activities for family caregivers of people with frontotemporal dementia.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Dowling GA, Merrilees J, Mastick J, Chang VY, Hubbard E, Moskowitz JT

Sleep in persons with frontotemporal dementia and their family caregivers.

Nursing research

Merrilees J, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Miller BL, Dowling GA

Memantine in patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

The Lancet. Neurology

Boxer AL, Knopman DS, Kaufer DI, Grossman M, Onyike C, Graf-Radford N, Mendez M, Kerwin D, Lerner A, Wu CK, Koestler M, Shapira J, Sullivan K, Klepac K, Lipowski K, Ullah J, Fields S, Kramer JH, Merrilees J, Neuhaus J, Mesulam MM, Miller BL

Characterization of apathy in persons with frontotemporal dementia and the impact on family caregivers.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Merrilees J, Dowling GA, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Ketelle R, Miller BL

The experience of caregiving: differences between behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease.

The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Wong C, Merrilees J, Ketelle R, Barton C, Wallhagen M, Miller B

Trajectories of behavioral disturbance in dementia.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

Chow TW, Fridhandler JD, Binns MA, Lee A, Merrilees J, Rosen HJ, Ketelle R, Miller BL

Cognitive and behavioral challenges in caring for patients with frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis : official publication of the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases

Merrilees J, Klapper J, Murphy J, Lomen-Hoerth C, Miller BL

Rest-activity and behavioral disruption in a patient with frontotemporal dementia.


Merrilees J, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Miller BL, Dowling GA

An open-label study of memantine treatment in 3 subtypes of frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Boxer AL, Lipton AM, Womack K, Merrilees J, Neuhaus J, Pavlic D, Gandhi A, Red D, Martin-Cook K, Svetlik D, Miller BL

A model for management of behavioral symptoms in frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Merrilees J

Long-term care of patients with frontotemporal dementia.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

Merrilees JJ, Miller BL