Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics

We need supportive programs that provide access for patients and their caregivers to expert and respectful care that focuses on their personal values.

Current Work

Jennifer’s work focuses on family caregivers, management of dementia-related behavioral symptoms, and implementation of care models that support people with dementia and their family caregivers. She is co-investigator on projects that seek to improve dementia care and increase understanding of the caregiver experience. She co-leads the oral history project, hear/say.

Personal Hero

My grandparents for their love of family

Words of Strength

Listen to the whole story

Vision

To reduce the impact of dementia, we need to foster the development of supportive programs that provide access for patients and their caregivers to expert and respectful care that focuses on their personal values.

Strategy

Jennifer is a nurse and researcher who advocates for patients with dementia and their caregivers through clinical care and research.

Motivation

As co-leader of the oral history project, hear/say, Jennifer works to amplify the voices of patients and caregivers through interviews, spoken word, and in writing.

Education & Experience

Jennifer received her Master's degree and PhD at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. She has been a member of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center for many years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Associate Professor in Health Sciences.

Awards & Honors

UCSF Department of Nursing
2013
Helen B. Ripple Excellence in Neuroscience Nursing Award