Jennifer Merrilees

Clinical nurse specialist

Jennifer Merrilees is a clinical nurse specialist in geriatrics at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she works with patients and families in the assessment and management of cognitive function, behavior and caregiving issues. Merrilees received her master's degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco and is certified by the American Nurses Association in Gerontological Nursing. Merrilees has 10 years experience working with elders and their families. Previously she worked with hospitalized elderly at UCSF Medical Center. As an associate clinical professor, Merrilees taught in the UCSF graduate program in Gerontological nursing with primary responsibility in clinical training and supervision of master's nursing students. She is involved in outreach programs at Self-Help for the Elderly, which serves Chinese elderly and Laguna Honda Hospital, a long-term care facility. Merrilees' current work focuses primarily on frontotemporal dementia and the issues faced by family caregivers.


Memory and Aging Center
1500 Owens St., Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2057
Fax: (415) 353-8292

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lwi SJ, Casey JJ, Verstaen A, Connelly DE, Merrilees J, Levenson RW, Knight BG. Genuine Smiles by Patients During Marital Interactions are Associated with Better Caregiver Mental Health. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Jan 27.
  2. Brown CL, Lwi SJ, Goodkind MS, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Miller BL, Levenson RW. Empathic Accuracy Deficits in Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease: Association with Caregiver Depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018 Apr; 26(4):484-493.
  3. 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. Development of an adaptive, personalized, and scalable dementia care program: Early findings from the Care Ecosystem. PLoS Med. 2017 Mar; 14(3):e1002260.

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