Health Sciences Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatric Psychiatry
Mailing Address:Pacific Brain Health Center
1301 20th Street, Suite 145
Los Angeles, CA 90404
Dr. David Merrill is a clinical research scientist and volunteer faculty member in Psychiatry at UCLA with a neuroscience background. He began his research career within the realm of basic science while completing his PhD in neuroscience at UCSD on mechanisms underlying brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) induced neuroplasticity in aging. This experience provided him with rigorous training in the scientific method; however, his PhD was followed by a number of years in clinical training, which shifted his research interests toward clinical care and research of human subjects. Dr. Merrill’s work at UCLA has focused on impact of modifiable brain health-related factors, diet and exercise included, on mood and cognition in middle aged and older adults. He now directs the Pacific Brain Health Center at Providence St. John's in Santa Monica, CA.