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Elizabeth I. Merwin
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Elizabeth I. Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing

Executive Vice Dean of the School of Nursing

  • Brief Bio

    Elizabeth (Beth) Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing and Executive Vice-Dean at Duke University School of Nursing. As the School’s first Executive Vice-Dean, she provides senior leadership to DUSON’s academic and research enterprises and directs the integration of the operational activities of these areas. Dr. Merwin previously served as the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing, and was a former specialty coordinator for the UVA School of Nursing's Health Systems Management (HSM) concentration and the nursing component of the HSM/MBA program. She has built a distinguished administrative career both in academia and in health care delivery systems, and has been recognized nationally for innovative academic initiatives.

    Dr. Merwin earned a PhD in Health Services Organization and Research in 1988 and an MS in Nursing in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a BS in Nursing from Radford College in 1976. Her nursing and healthcare delivery research, supported by NIH, NIMH, and NINR, has focused on improving care for underserved and rural populations, particularly those in rural communities and minority populations. She is a methodological expert in the use of secondary data to address health care problems, and is a past member of the Healthcare Systems and Value Research study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Merwin was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1994, and in 2008 she received the Distinguished Professor Award from the School of Nursing of the University of Virginia.

    Academic Program Affiliations

    Education

    PhDVirginia Commonwealth University
    MSVirginia Commonwealth University
    BSRadford College

    Research Interests

    Dr. Merwin is a Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Virginia (UVA) and is currently a Professor and Executive Vice-Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. She is an accomplished nursing and health services researcher whose work has focused on improving care for underserved and rural populations, particularly those in rural communities and minority populations. While at UVA, she conducted a NIH R01 funded study on Shortages of Health Professionals and was the principal investigator of a NIH/NINR funded P20 Rural Health Care Research Center. She is a methodological expert in the use of secondary data to address health care problems, often conducting studies on shortages of health professionals. She is a Scientific Reviewer for PCORI, the recently established Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Merwin was previously the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research at UVA, School of Nursing. At UVA, she was the Principal Investigator and Director of the Rural Health Care Research Center (RHCRC), funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. In 2008, she served as volume editor for the Annual Review of Nursing Research: Focus on Rural Health. Dr. Merwin with a colleague conducted two AANA funded Workforce studies in recent years resulting in four publications on the supply and demand of CRNAs. She served as a standing review committee member for AHRQ’s Health Systems Research review committee for five years ending in 2012.

    Dr. Merwin’s primary area of research focuses on improving care and health outcomes for underserved populations including those residing in rural areas, the mentally ill, those impoverished and/or minority populations. Dr. Merwin has particular interest in reducing health disparities, in reducing shortages of health professionals in rural and underserved areas and in identifying strategies to increase the diversity within the health.

    Dr. Merwin’s second research focus is aimed at health disparities.

    Major Accomplishments

    • Prior Director of Rural Health Care Research Center (RHCRC) funded by NINR through a P20 mechanism at University of Virginia.
    • Methodological expert in the analysis of large secondary data sets.
    • 2011 and 2013, Visiting Professor, The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Studies, Course Professor (with professor/Hong Kong) Health Services Research.

    Key Manuscripts

    • Merwin, E., Hinton, I., Dembling, B., and Stern, S. (2003) Shortages of rural mental health professionals. Archives in Psychiatric Nursing, Vol. XVII, 42-51.
    • Merwin, E., Stern, S. & Jordan, L. (2006) Supply & Demand in the Market for CRNAs. AANA Journal, 74:4, 287-293.
    • Merwin, E., Snyder, A., and Katz, E. (2006) Differential Access to Quality Rural Health Care. Special Edition on Rural Health Care, Family and Community Health. 29:3, 186-194.
    • Merwin, E., Stern, S. and Jordan, L. (2008) Salaries, Recruitment, and Retention for CRNA Faculty. AANA Journal. 76(2): 89-93.
    • Merwin, E., Stern, S. and Jordan, L. (2008) Clinical Faculty: Major Contributors to the Education of New CRNAs. AANA Journal, 76 (3): 1-5. text
    • Petterson, S., Williams, I.C., Hauenstein, E.J., Rovnyak, V., and Merwin, E. (2009) Race and Ethnicity and Rural Mental Health Treatment. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Vol. 20, No. 3, 662-677.
    • Stern, S., Merwin, E, Hauenstein, E., Hinton, I., Rovnyak, V., Wilson, M., Williams, I., and Mahone, I. (2010) The effect of rurality on mental and physical health. Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, Springer.
    • DeGuzman, P.B., Bourguignon, C., and Merwin, E. The effect of walkability characteristics on the health outcomes of low-income women. (2013) Public Health Nursing. 1-13.