Jacqueline Merrill PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing (in Biomedical Informatics)

Jacqueline Merrill is an Associate Professor of Nursing with an interdisciplinary appointment in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center. She is a public health nurse and health services researcher, and directs the Laboratory for Informatics, Complexity and Organizational Study (LICOS) at the School of Nursing. She is the Associate Clinical Director of the Center for Advanced Information Management, a program sponsored by the Empire State Development Corporation to foster collaboration between academia and business. She completed her doctorate at Columbia with a concentration in public health informatics. Her public health experience includes six years with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. At the school of nursing, she teaches health policy to more than 250 advanced practice nurses each year.

Dr. Merrill’s research interests include population health, public health and clinical organizational systems, information management for care coordination, workforce development, public health preparedness, business process analysis, and health information technology evaluation. Her ongoing program of applied research is in the area of public health organizational management, and she has pioneered the use of non-linear analytic techniques in this domain. Recent projects include a system dynamics evaluation of health information exchange for public health reporting in NYS; network analyses of the public health services research community and local health officials’ advice networks; and an agent-based model of effects of policy decisions on diffusion of best practices in public health.

Dr. Merrill‘s doctoral study was funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her early work was support by a Pfizer Public Health Scholar Award. She has received research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Services and Resources Administration, and the state of New York. Her seminal work on Enumeration 2000, the first data-driven report on public health workforce in many decades, was instrumental in developing a workforce classification schema. She has continued work in this area, developing taxonomy to describe and measure task, knowledge, and resource use in public health work. Her lab maintains a database of cross-sectional and longitudinal observations on the day-to-day work characteristics of more than 2,500 public health workers. She serves on the national advisory committee of the Centers of Excellence in Public Health Workforce at the University of Kentucky and University of Michigan, assisting in development of a multi-dimensional schema for national enumeration.

She is an alumna and faculty member of the Institute on System Science and Health, an initiative co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH. She served on the Steering Committee for National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Population Health at the National Quality Forum and is a member of the Inaugural Advisory Committee for hACT, a Health Federally Funded Research and Development Center (Health FFRDC) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid managed by the MITRE Corporation. Dr. Merrill’s experience in clinical care, public health practice, and policy research provide her with a broad knowledge of healthcare issues and particular understanding of public health systems, including workforce and governmental regulatory issues.