Jennifer Merrilees RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist
UC San Francisco
Key areas: Neurology

Bio: Jennifer Merrilees RN, PhD 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 (MAC) 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 and co-leads the MAC Behavior Task Force. 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. She directs two projects implementing the Care Ecosystem at the MAC clinic and the Curry Senior Center in the Tenderloin. Jennifer is co-investigator for NIH-level funded projects that seek to characterize the nature of emotions experienced by dementia family caregivers and to explore whether in-home technology reduces caregiver stress and burden. She co-leads an oral history project, hear/say, and is collaborating on a documentary film project that focuses on collecting stories on the experience of aging, dementia and caregiving. In addition, Jennifer founded and directs the MAC Family Advisory Council.