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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 a Professor of Nursing with an interdisciplinary appointment in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center. At the School of Nursing she teaches courses on health policy and on research synthesis. At the Medical Center she lectures on the philosphy of science, public heatlh, and on systems science methods.

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. She has a particular interest in visualizing complex patterns in organizational data.

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 more recent work has focused on clinical systems, where an abundance of administrative data, in conjunction with clinical data, can help us understand how organization of health care itself contributes to patient outcomes. For example, she is currently appliying network analysis to understand trajectories of service use in Alzheirmer's Disease and cummunity patterns of transmission for flu-like illness. 

    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/N7005 Health and Social Policy in the Context of Practice

N9550 Research Synthesis through Visualization of Health Data

Committees/Societies/Memberships

  • 2015 - 2019  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 - 2016  National Advisory Committee, Centers of Excellence in Public Health Workforce at U Kentucky and U Michigan Schools 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 - 2013  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 - 2018  AcademyHealth, Public Health Systems Research Interest Group
  • 1999 - 2018  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

  • CENTER FOR IMPROVING PALLIATIVE CARE FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS WITH MCC (CIPC) (Federal Gov)

    Aug 8 2018 - May 31 2023

    A LONGITUDINAL NETWORK STUDY OF ALZHEIMER S AND DEMENTIA CARE IN RELATION TO DISPARITIES IN ACCESS AND OUTCOMES (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2017 - Aug 31 2021

    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 - Nov 30 2018

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

    Sep 30 2012 - Sep 29 2018

    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

Reading, M, Merrill, JA. 2018. Converging and diverging needs of patients and providers who are collecting and using patient-generated health data: An integrative review. J American Medical Informatics Association [e-pub ahead of print] DOI:10.1093/jamia/ocy006

Dowding, D, Merrill, JA, Onorato, N, Barron, Y, Rosati, RJ, Russell, D. 2017. The impact of home care nurses’ numeracy and graph literacy on comprehension of visual display information: Implications for dashboard design. J American Medical Informatics Association 25(2):175-182

Baker, JM, Travers, JL, Buschman, P, Merrill, JA. 2017. An efficient nurse-led community–based service model for delivering coordinated care to persons with serious mental illness at risk for homelessness J American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 24(2):101-108

Merrill, JA, Zhi, Q. Gershon, RMM. 2017. Self-reported capability for responding to mass fatality incidents in 38 state health departments. J Public Health Management and Practice, 23(1):64-72

Kub, J, Kulbok, P, Miner, S, and Merrill, JA with Environmental and Public Health Expert Panel. 2017. Increasing the capacity of public health nursing to strengthen the public health infrastructure and to promote and protect the health of communities and populations. Nursing Outlook 65(5): 661-4

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, JA, 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, JA, 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, JA, 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

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