Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics
Neurology
+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 for the UCSF School of Nursing.

Jennifer’s work focuses on family caregivers, management of dementia-related behavioral symptoms, and the design and implementation of care models that support people with dementia and their family caregivers. She co-founded a nurse-run clinic focused on dementia behavior management. She is a lead researcher for the Care Ecosystem, a model of supportive dementia care that is being implemented at several sites around the country. Jennifer is co-investigator for NIH-funded projects that seek to characterize the nature of emotions experienced by dementia family caregivers. She co-leads an oral history project, hear/say, that focuses on collecting personal stories about the experience of aging, dementia and caregiving.

Publications: 

Genuine Smiles by Patients During Marital Interactions are Associated with Better Caregiver Mental Health.

The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences

Lwi SJ, Casey JJ, Verstaen A, Connelly DE, Merrilees J, Levenson RW, Knight BG

Empathic Accuracy Deficits in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease: Association with Caregiver Depression.

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

Brown CL, Lwi SJ, Goodkind MS, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Miller BL, Levenson RW

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

The Impact of Dementia on Family Caregivers: What Is Research Teaching Us?

Current neurology and neuroscience reports

Merrilees J

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.

Neurocase

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