Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-552-8585
3350 La Jolla Village Drive / San Diego, CA 92161
Graduate Institution

Penn State University

Research Description

Dr. Merritt’s research interests include examining risk and protective factors associated with clinical outcome and recovery following concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI). She has focused additional research efforts on studying the neurocognitive consequences of concussion/TBI and elucidating the acute and chronic effects of TBI across the lifespan by incorporating the tools and techniques of biological markers such as genetics to study the processes that underlie recovery following TBI.

Representative Publications
  • Merritt, V. C., Sakamoto, M. S., Sorg, S. F., Clark, A. L., Bondi, M. W., Schiehser, D. M., & Delano-Wood, L (2021). Elevated neuropsychological intraindividual variability predicts poorer health-related quality of life in Veterans with a history of mild traumatic brain injury, Journal of Neurotrauma. doi: 10.1089/neu.2020.7516.

  • Merritt, V. C., Jurick, S. M. Sakamoto, M. S., Crocker, L. D., Sullan, M. J., Hoffman, S. N., Davey, D. K., & Jak, A. J. (2020). Post-concussive symptom endorsement and symptom attribution following remote mild traumatic brain injury in combat-exposed Veterans. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 130, 224-230. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.08.006.

  • Merritt, V. C., Greenberg, L. S., Guty, E. Bradson, M., Rabinowitz, A. R., & Arnett, P. A. (2019). Beyond measures of central tendency: Novel methods to examine sex differences in neuropsychological performance following sports-related concussion in collegiate athletes. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(10), 1094-1100.