Lisa Merlo-Greene, PhD, MPE

Lisa Merlo Greene, PhD, MPE Associate Professor

Lisa Merlo-Greene, PhD, MPE Associate Professor


Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida College of Medicine
McKnight Brain Institute. Suite L4-100
PO Box 100256
Gainesville, FL 32610-0256
Phone: 294-4900


B.A. Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky

M.A. Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

M.P.E. Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Internship: Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology, University of Florida, College of Medicine

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Post Doctoral Fellowship: Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology, University of Florida, College of Medicine

Post Doctoral Fellowship: Substance Abuse Epidemiology/Prevention,Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


Dr. Merlo is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has completed postdoctoral fellowships in clinical child/pediatric psychology and drug abuse epidemiology and prevention. She currently serves as Assistant Residency Program Director for Psychotherapy and is active in the education of medical students, residents, and other health profession students. Dr. Merlo also serves as the Director of Research for the Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (the State monitoring program for distressed and impaired healthcare professionals). As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), 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.

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.


  • Merlo, L.J., Sutton, J.A., and Gold, M.S. (2013). Brief educational intervention to improve medical student competence in managing patients exposed to secondhand smoke. Substance Abuse. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2013.821438
  • Merlo, L.J., Singhakant, S., Cummings, S.M., and Cottler, L.B. (2013). Reasons for misuse of prescription medication among physicians undergoing monitoring by a physician health program.Journal of Addiction Medicine, 7, 349-53. PMID: 24089039
  • Outlaw, A.Y., Naar-King, S., Tanney, M. Belzer, M., Aagenes, A., Parsons, J.T., Merlo, L.J. and The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS. (2013). The initial feasibility of a computer-based motivational intervention for adherence for youth newly recommended to start antiretroviral treatment.AIDS Care. E-pub ahead of print. PMID: 23869650
  • Merlo, L.J., Trejo-Lopez, J., Conwell, L., and Rivenbark, J. (2013). Patterns of substance use initiation among healthcare professionals in recovery. American Journal on Addictions, 22, 605-12. PMID: 24131169
  • Cottler, L.B., Ajinkya, S., Merlo, L.J., Nixon, S.J., Ben Abdallah, A., and Gold, M.S. (2013). Lifetime psychiatric and substance use disorders among impaired physicians in a physician health program: Comparison to the general population. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 7, 108-112. PMID: 23412081
  • Merlo, L.J., *Stone, A.M., and *Bibbey, A. (2013). Development of the Problematic Use of Mobile Phones Scale. Journal of Addiction, 2013, Article ID 912807.
  • DuPont, R.L., Merlo, L.J., Arria, A.M., and Shea, C. (2013). Drug testing in school-based drug prevention. Addiction, 108, 839-45. PMID: 22906236
  • Merlo, L.J., Cummings, S.M., Cottler, L.B. (2012). Recovering substance-impaired pharmacists’ views regarding occupational risks for substance use disorders. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 52, 480-91. PMID: 22825228
  • Stone, A.M. and Merlo, L.J. (2012). Psychiatric medication-seeking beliefs and behaviors among college students. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 38, 314-21. PMID: 22681334
  • Carnes, P.J., Green, B.A., Merlo, L.J., Polles, A., Carnes, S., and Gold, M.S. (2012). PATHOS: A brief screening application for assessing sexual addiction. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 6, 29-34. PMID: 21817915