Caroline Merz, M.A.

Caroline Merz, M.A.

Graduate Student
Office: 
Psychological & Brain Sciences 116
Phone: 
(314) 935-6173

Caroline is broadly interested in ways that older adults acquire the knowledge and resources necessary to live happier and healthier lives. She is also interested in ways to address the workforce shortage of providers serving older adults, and the lack of students pursuing aging-focused careers. Her first  project examined the effects of the Dementia Risk Assessment, an online tool to screen for risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. More recently, Caroline is looking at the effects of a cutting-edge undergraduate gerontology class in it's ability to reduce stigma and increase knowledge about older adults and aging. She is also involved in a project using conversation analysis to examine language used during the disclosure of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, as well as a project comparing nationwide epidemiological studies that assess for memory loss and cognitive function.

Before coming to Wash U, Caroline was a Research Associate at the University of California, San Diego, where she worked as a Project Coordinator for clinical trials aimed at treating anxiety in older adults.