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Lisa J. Merlo - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Lisa J. Merlo

Associate Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Dr. Lisa Merlo’s research focuses on mental health, well-being and professional fulfillment among healthcare professionals.


Dr. Lisa Merlo is an associate professor and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on mental health, well-being and professional fulfillment among physicians and other healthcare professionals and trainees. Dr. Merlo also conducts research on health profession students’ knowledge, competence and stigmatized beliefs related to patients with addiction, as well as best practices for improving addiction-related education. She currently serves as the director of Wellness Programs for the UF College of Medicine. She also is the research director for the Professionals Resource Network, Inc., a state monitoring program for distressed and impaired healthcare professionals. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dr. Merlo collaborates with faculty from other colleges and universities, as well as the Area Health Education Centers across Florida, to provide training in motivational interviewing for health professions students, faculty members, tobacco cessation counselors, school personnel and other healthcare providers.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Motivational Interviewing

Burnout of Health Professionals

Well-being of Health Professionals

Medical Student Wellness

Articles (3)

Study protocol for a cluster randomized trial of a school, family, and community intervention for preventing drug misuse among older adolescents in the Cherokee Nation

BioMed Central

Kelli A. Komro, et al.


The national opioid crisis has disproportionately burdened rural White populations and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Therefore, Cherokee Nation and Emory University public health scientists have designed an opioid prevention trial to be conducted in rural communities in the Cherokee Nation (northeast Oklahoma) with AI and other (mostly White) adolescents and young adults.

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Essential components of physician health program monitoring for substance use disorder: A survey of participants 5 years post successful program completion

The American Journal on Addictions

Lisa J. Merlo, et al.


Physician health programs (PHPs) have demonstrated efficacy, but their mechanism of influence is unclear. This study sought to identify essential components of PHP care management for substance use disorder (SUD), and to assess whether positive outcomes are sustained over time.

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Primary care physicians’ electronic health record proficiency and efficiency behaviors and time interacting with electronic health records: a quantile regression analysis

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Oliver T. Nguyen, et al.


This study aimed to understand the association between primary care physician (PCP) proficiency with the electronic health record (EHR) system and time spent interacting with the EHR.

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