Victoria Merritt, Ph.D., L.C.P.

2023 Eca Nan Merritt Headshot

2023

National Academy of Neuropsychology

Winner

Victoria Merritt, Ph.D., L.C.P.

University of California San Diego

"Researcher Examines the Risks and Consequences of Mild Concussions in Veterans and Athletes"

Dr. Victoria Merritt is a Research Health Scientist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and UC San Diego. Dr. Merritt’s research interests include examining risk and protective factors associated with clinical outcome and recovery following concussion/traumatic brain injury (TBI). More specifically, her work focuses on identifying factors that may influence or predict the presence of post-concussive symptoms and neuropsychiatric distress following brain injury in the context of both sports-related concussion and military TBI. She has focused additional research efforts on studying the neurocognitive consequences of concussion/TBI. Another major emphasis of her research program has been to evaluate long-term outcomes following concussion/TBI and to better understand the association between TBI, other risk factors, and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Merritt has received funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, and other association grants.