20062019
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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

20132017

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

20092013

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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
Genes
Depression

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
Genes
Interleukin-6
Biomarkers

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

Survivors
Neoplasms
Cognitive Dysfunction
Quality of Life
Pharmacology

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

Cognition
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

Cognition
Aromatase Inhibitors
Breast Neoplasms
Drug Therapy
Therapeutics