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Jacqueline Merrill PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FACMI

  • Professor of Nursing (in Biomedical Informatics) at CUMC
  • Director, Laboratory for Informatics, Complexity and Organizational Study
Jacqueline Merrill, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FACMI

Jacqueline Merrill, PhD, MPH, RN is public health nurse and health services researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing with an interdisciplinary appointment in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center, where she teaches health policy to over 250 advanced practice nursing students each year.

Dr. Merrill is a member of the small cadre of nurse scientists trained in the field of biomedical informatics. She integrates skills in nursing, public health, informatics, and design to direct an innovative program of system-focused research in her Laboratory for Informatics, Complexity and Organizational Study (LICOS). Her work falls under the methodological rubric of data science. It is characterized by deep domain expertise and application of a variety of non-linear analytics, including dynamic models and network analysis.

Dr. Merrill has made foundational contributions to public health systems and services research. Findings from a network analysis of this emerging community were influential in establishing a research agenda for the field. In a longitudinal network analysis she produced empirical evidence on how a public health organization adapts in emergencies. By linking population health improvement directly to management decisions this work made the case for organizational structure as a key asset in resource-constrained environments. Her study of health officials' advice networks produced early evidence of the impact of health reform in public health systems.

    Education & Training

  • MPH, Health Policy, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • PhD, Public Health Informatics, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • RN, Massachuetts General Hospital

Contact Info

Teaching Responsibilities

N6920 Health and Social Policy in the Context of Practice

Committees/Societies/Memberships

  • 2015: Health Policy Advisory Council, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • 2011: National Quality Forum Steering Committee on National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Population Health
  • 2011: National Advisory Committee, Centers of Excellence in Public Health Workforce at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and the University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • 2010: Steering Committee, New York Public Health Practice- Based Research Network, Office of Public Health Practice, NY State Department of Health
  • 2009: National Advisory Committee, Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2008: Co-Chair Public Health Informatics Track, 2008 American Medical Informatics Association Spring Congress
  • 2002: American Medical Informatics Association, Public Health WG; People & Organizational Issues WG
  • 2001: AcademyHealth, Public Health Systems Research Interest Group
  • 1999: American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section

Honors & Awards

  • 2014: Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2014: Fellow American College of Medical Informatics
  • 2010: Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH) supported by National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 2006: Public Health Scholar, Pfizer Medical and Academic Partnership (MAP) Program
  • 2006: Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • 2005: Doctoral Consortium on Organizational Issues in Informatics Annual Symposium, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 2005: Center for Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) Summer Institute, Institute for Software Research International, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2002: Pre-Doctoral Training Award, National Institute of Nursing Research, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • 2000: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Zeta Chapter, Columbia University School of Nursing

Research Interests

  • Public health informatics
  • Data science and information visualization
  • Health information technology
  • Organizational management
  • Emergency response and preparedness

NIH Grants

  • PRECISION IN SYMPTOM SELF-MANAGEMENT (PRISSM) CENTER (Federal Gov)

    Aug 16 2016 - May 31 2021

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING CENTERS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2001 - Aug 31 2018

    MOSAIC: MOBILE SURVEILLANCE FOR ARI AND ILI IN THE COMMUNITY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2012 - Sep 29 2017

    DEVELOPMENT OF DASHBOARDS TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO HOME CARE NURSES (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2015 - Mar 31 2017

    AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING CENTERS (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2001 - Aug 31 2015

    SYSTEMS-LEVEL MASS FATALITY PREPAREDNESS (Federal Gov)

    Oct 1 2012 - Sep 30 2014

    CENTER FOR ADVANCED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (NY State Gov)

    Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2014

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS INITIATIVE COMMUNITY-BASED COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH (WICER) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2010 - Sep 29 2013

    TRAINING NURSE SCIENTISTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY & TRANSLATION AL RESEARCH IN THE UNDERSERVED (TRANSIT) (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2009 - Jun 30 2013

    NETWORK ANALYSIS OF LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS ADVICE NETWORKS - PHASE II (Private)

    Sep 1 2011 - Aug 31 2012

    STRENGTHENING PUBLIC HEALTH INFRRASTRURTCURE FOR IMPROVED HEALTH OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

    Feb 9 2012 - Jun 30 2012

    HEAL NY PHASE V (NY State Gov)

    Sep 1 2008 - Jan 31 2012

    NETWORK ANALYSIS OF LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS ADVICE NETWORKS - PHASE 1 (Private)

    Jul 1 2011 - Aug 31 2011

    DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMATIC KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT FOR PHSSR: A PUBLIC HEALTH LAW ONTOLOGY (Private)

    May 1 2010 - Jun 30 2011

    NETWORK ANALYSIS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS AND SERVICES R ESEARCH COMMUNITY (Private)

    Sep 1 2009 - Aug 31 2010

    CALLABORATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AS IT RELATES TO ORAL HE ALTH ISSUES (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2008 - Aug 29 2009

    IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH GREY LITERATURE ACCESS FOR THE PUBLI C HEALTH WORKFORCE (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2007 - Mar 14 2009

    REFINING ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORK ANALYSIS METHODS FOR USE IN PUBLIC HEALTH (Private)

    Jul 1 2006 - Jun 30 2008

Lab Members

Publications

  • Merrill, JA, Orr MG, Chen, DY, Qi, Z, Gershon, RMM. 2015. Is the US ready for mass fatality incidents? Capacity in a national sample of response organizations. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, doi: 10.1017/dmp.2015.135 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Merrill, JA, Sheehan, B, Carley, KM, Stetson, PD. 2015. Care transitions in a cohort of patients with congestive heart failure: an exploratory network analysis to inform care coordination. Applied Clinical Informatics 6(3): 548-564.
  • Merrill, JA, Keeling, JW, Phillips, AB, Kaushal, R, Senathirajah, Y. 2013. Effects of automated immunization registry reporting via an EHR deployed in community practice settings. Applied Clinical Informatics, 4(2): 267-275
  • Merrill, JA, Deegan, M, Wilson, RV, Kaushal, R, Fredericks, KM. 2013. A system dynamics evaluation model: Implementation of health information exchange for public health reporting. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 20: e131-e138
  • Merrill, JA, Orr, MG, Jeon, CY, Wilson, RV, Storrick, JM, Carley, KM. 2012. Topology of local health officials' advice networks: Mind the gaps. J of Public Health Management and Practice, 18(6):602-8.
  • Merrill, JA, Keeling, JW, Wilson, RV, Chen, TV. 2011. Growth of a scientific community of practice: Public health services and systems research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(1): 100-104
  • Merrill, J, Keeling, J, Carley, KM. 2010. A Comparative Analysis of Eleven Local Health Department Organizational Networks. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 16(6): 564-76.
  • Merrill, J, Meier, BM, Keeling, J, Jia, H, Gebbie, KM. 2009. Examination of the relationship between public health statute modernization and system performance. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 15(7):292-98
  • Merrill, J, Keeling, J, Gebbie, KM. 2009. Toward standardized, comparable public health systems data: a taxonomic description of essential public health work.. Health Services Research, 44 (5) Part II: 1818-41
  • Merrill, J, Hripcsak, G. 2008. Case Report: Using social network analysis within a Department of Biomedical Informatics to induce a discussion of academic communities of practice. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 15(6):780-82

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov