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.

Clinics

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.
  4. Merrilees J. The Impact of Dementia on Family Caregivers: What Is Research Teaching Us? Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 10; 16(10):88.
  5. Barton C, Ketelle R, Merrilees J, Miller B. Non-pharmacological Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Frontotemporal and Other Dementias. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2016 Feb; 16(2):14.
  6. 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. Evaluating and treating neurobehavioral symptoms in professional American football players: Lessons from a case series. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015 Aug; 5(4):285-295.
  7. Liljegren M, Naasan G, Temlett J, Perry DC, Rankin KP, Merrilees J, Grinberg LT, Seeley WW, Englund E, Miller BL. Criminal behavior in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Mar; 72(3):295-300.
  8. Dowling GA, Merrilees J, Mastick J, Chang VY, Hubbard E, Moskowitz JT. Life enhancing activities for family caregivers of people with frontotemporal dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2014 Apr-Jun; 28(2):175-81.
  9. Merrilees J, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Miller BL, Dowling GA. Sleep in persons with frontotemporal dementia and their family caregivers. Nurs Res. 2014 Mar-Apr; 63(2):129-36.
  10. Barton C, Merrilees J, Ketelle R, Wilkins S, Miller B. Implementation of advanced practice nurse clinic for management of behavioral symptoms in dementia: a dyadic intervention (innovative practice). Dementia (London). 2014 Sep; 13(5):686-96.
  11. Merrilees J, Dowling GA, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Ketelle R, Miller BL. Characterization of apathy in persons with frontotemporal dementia and the impact on family caregivers. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2013 Jan-Mar; 27(1):62-7.
  12. Wong C, Merrilees J, Ketelle R, Barton C, Wallhagen M, Miller B. The experience of caregiving: differences between behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 20(8):724-8.
  13. Chow TW, Fridhandler JD, Binns MA, Lee A, Merrilees J, Rosen HJ, Ketelle R, Miller BL. Trajectories of behavioral disturbance in dementia. J Alzheimers Dis. 2012; 31(1):143-9.
  14. Merrilees J, Ketelle R. Advanced practice nursing: meeting the caregiving challenges for families of persons with frontotemporal dementia. Clin Nurse Spec. 2010 Sep-Oct; 24(5):245-51.
  15. Merrilees J, Klapper J, Murphy J, Lomen-Hoerth C, Miller BL. Cognitive and behavioral challenges in caring for patients with frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Amyotroph Lateral Scler. 2010 May 03; 11(3):298-302.
  16. Merrilees J, Hubbard E, Mastick J, Miller BL, Dowling GA. Rest-activity and behavioral disruption in a patient with frontotemporal dementia. Neurocase. 2009 Dec; 15(6):515-26.
  17. Boxer AL, Lipton AM, Womack K, Merrilees J, Neuhaus J, Pavlic D, Gandhi A, Red D, Martin-Cook K, Svetlik D, Miller BL. An open-label study of memantine treatment in 3 subtypes of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2009 Jul-Sep; 23(3):211-7.
  18. Merrilees J. A model for management of behavioral symptoms in frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2007 Oct-Dec; 21(4):S64-9.
  19. Merrilees JJ, Miller BL. Long-term care of patients with frontotemporal dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2003 Nov-Dec; 4(6 Suppl):S162-4.

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