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John Merriman

Assistant Professor

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    Research interests

    I am interested in changes in cognitive function (e.g., difficulty concentrating, poorer working memory performance) after a diagnosis of cancer and in biobehavioral correlates of these cognitive changes, particularly genomic markers and co-occurring symptoms. My program of research incorporates several phenotyping approaches to assess changes in cognitive function—including functional and structural neuroimaging, objective neuropsychological tests, and patient-reported outcomes. My current study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (R00NR015473), is using these methods to examine the preliminary efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction versus a health enhancement program to improve cognitive function in postmenopausal women receiving aromatase inhibitor therapy for breast cancer.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Nursing, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh


    Nursing, PhD, University of California San Francisco (UCSF)


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    Research Output 2006 2019

    Exploratory Study of Associations Between DNA Repair and Oxidative Stress Gene Polymorphisms and Cognitive Problems Reported by Postmenopausal Women With and Without Breast Cancer

    Merriman, J., Sereika, S. M., Conley, Y. P., Koleck, T. A., Zhu, Y., Phillips, M. L., Bertocci, M. A., Brufsky, A. M. & Bender, C. M., Jan 1 2019, In : Biological Research for Nursing. 21, 1, p. 50-60 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    DNA Repair
    Oxidative Stress
    Breast Neoplasms

    Symptom Science: Advocating for Inclusion of Functional Genetic Polymorphisms

    Knisely, M. R., Maserati, M., Heinsberg, L. W., Shah, L. L., Li, H., Zhu, Y., Ma, Y., Graves, L. Y., Merriman, J. & Conley, Y. P., Jan 1 2019, In : Biological Research for Nursing.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Genetic Polymorphisms
    Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

    Assessment and Management of Cancer- and Cancer Treatment–Related Cognitive Impairment

    Allen, D. H., Myers, J. S., Jansen, C. E., Merriman, J. & Von Ah, D., Mar 5 2018, In : Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 14, 4, p. 217-224.e5

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

    Cognitive Dysfunction
    Quality of Life

    Trajectories of cognitive function and associated phenotypic and genotypic factors in breast cancer

    Bender, C. M., Merriman, J., Sereika, S. M., Gentry, A. L., Casillo, F. E., Koleck, T. A., Rosenzweig, M. Q., Brufsky, A. M., McAuliffe, P., Zhu, Y. & Conley, Y. P., May 1 2018, In : Oncology Nursing Forum. 45, 3, p. 308-326 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Breast Neoplasms
    Executive Function
    Short-Term Memory
    DNA Repair

    Trajectories of self-reported cognitive function in postmenopausal women during adjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer

    Merriman, J., Sereika, S. M., Brufsky, A. M., McAuliffe, P. F., McGuire, K. P., Myers, J. S., Phillips, M. L., Ryan, C. M., Gentry, A. L., Jones, L. D. & Bender, C. M., Jan 1 2017, In : Psycho-Oncology. 26, 1, p. 44-52 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Aromatase Inhibitors
    Breast Neoplasms
    Drug Therapy