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Lisa J. Merlo Ph.D., M.P.E.

Contact Information:
Dr. Lisa Merlo
Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida College of Medicine
PO Box 100256
Gainesville, FL 32610-0256

Dr. Merlo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine; and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In the UF Department of Psychiatry she serves as Director of Psychotherapy Training for the Residency Program, and Chief of Undergraduate Education. She also serves as Director of Research, Professionals Resource Network, Inc., Fernandina Beach, FL.

Research Area:
Dr. Merlo’s research is concerned with psychosocial factors related to addiction.

2000: B.A., Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (Psychology, Spanish and Drama)
2002: M.A., Wayne State University, Detroit MI (Psychology)
2005: Ph.D., Wayne State University (Clinical Psychology)
2005-2007: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Florida (Clinical Child/Adolescent and Pediatric Psychology)
2008-2010: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Training Program in Drug Abuse Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research)
2010: M.P.E.,Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Psychiatric Epidemiology)

Current Research:
Dr. Merlo’s primary research focus is on psychosocial factors related to addiction. She is particularly interested in special populations including youth, healthcare professionals, and students in the health professions. Dr. Merlo serves as the Director of Research for the Professionals Resource Network (the State of Florida’s impaired healthcare professional monitoring program), and has published and presented widely on the topic of substance-related impairment among healthcare providers. Dr. Merlo also conducts research with health professions students, in order to better understand students’ knowledge, competence, and stigmatized beliefs related to addiction, as well as best practices for improving addiction-related education. She collaborates with other researchers across the university as well as nationally.

Recent Publications:
Merlo, L.J., Cummings, S.M., Cottler, L.B. (in press). Recovering substance-impaired pharmacists’ views regarding occupational risks for substance use disorders. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

Merlo, L.J., Greene, W.M., & Pomm, R. (in press). Mandatory naltrexone treatment prevents relapse among opiate-dependent anesthesiologists returning to practice. Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Cummings, S.M., Merlo, L.J., & Cottler, L.B. (2011). Mechanisms of prescription drug diversion among physicians with substance use disorders. Journal of Addictive Diseases.

Klahr, N.H., Wright, P., He, A.G., Merlo, L.J., Gold, M.S., & Liu, Y. (2011). Investigating the effects of low dose alcohol on neural timing using fMRI. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Merlo, L.J. & Greene, W.M. (2010). Physician views regarding substance use-related participation in a state physician health program. American Journal on Addictions, 19, 529-33. PMCID: PMC2959195 / PMID: 20958849