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    Last Name

    Philip Merriam MS

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    419 Belmont Street
    Worcester MA 01605
    Phone508 856 5848


        • Clark University, Worcester, MA; MSPH, 1982
        • Worcester State College, Worcester, MA; BS, 1971


        • Health Education Specialist (CHES), 1990
        • Massachusetts License in Social Work, 1984
        • Massachusetts Teaching Certificate, 1971

        Professional Experience

        1. University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive & Behavioral Medicine, Project Director 1985-present.
          • Simple Dietary Message to Improve Dietary Quality for Metabolic Syndrome
          • Treating Co-Morbid Obesity and Major Depressive Disorder
          • Reducing Risk Factors in Peripheral Arterial Disease
          • Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project
          • Markers for Type 2 Diabetes and Aptamar Array Diagnostics
          • Adherence to Pharmacological Treatment
          • Systems to Enhance Provider Counseling in Hyperlipidemia
          • Soy Cholesterol Study
          • Seasonal Variation of Blood Cholesterol Levels
          • Clinical Center for the Women's Health Initiative
          • Physician's Role in Lowering Elevated Lipids by Diet
          • Community Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation
          • Coronary Artery Smoking Intervention Study
        2. Leominster Multi-Service Center, Executive Director, 1981-1985.
        3. Harrington Hospital; WIC Program, Program Coordinator, 1979-1981.
        4. UMass Medical School; Physiology Dept; Research Technician; 1974-1979.
        5. Mason Research Institute; Pharmacology Dept; Research Assistant; 1972-1974.

        Research Interests

        • Cardiovascular Disease
        • Metabolic Syndrome
        • Obesity
        • Belief Systems
        • Community Based Participatory Research

        On Going Projects/Grants

        • Project Director/Co-I: Simple Dietary Message to Improve Dietary Quality for Metabolic Syndrome; NIDDK.
        • Co-Project Director: Treating Co-Morbid Obesity and Major Depressive Disorder; NIMH.
        • Project Director: Reducing Risk Factors in Peripheral Arterial Disease; NHLBI.


        • Mature Worker Sub-committee, UMMS Diversity & Equal Opportunity Office: 2006-present
        • UMMS Student Affairs Committee: 2002-2005

        selected publications
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        1. Ma Y, Culver A, Rossouw J, Olendzki B, Merriam P, Lian B, Ockene I. Statin therapy and the risk for diabetes among adult women: do the benefits outweigh the risk? Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis. 2013 Feb; 7(1):41-4.
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        2. Pagoto SL, McDermott MM, Reed G, Greenland P, Mazor KM, Ockene JK, Whited M, Schneider K, Appelhans B, Leung K, Merriam P, Ockene I. Can Attention Control Conditions Have Detrimental Effects on Behavioral Medicine Randomized Trials? Psychosom Med. 2012 Nov 28.
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        3. Carmody JF, Olendzki BC, Merriam PA, Liu Q, Qiao Y, Ma Y. A Novel Measure of Dietary Change in a Prostate Cancer Dietary Program Incorporating Mindfulness Training. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Jul 30.
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        4. Merriam PA, Persuitte G, Olendzki BC, Schneider K, Pagoto SL, Palken JL, Ockene IS, Ma Y. Dietary intervention targeting increased fiber consumption for metabolic syndrome. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 May; 112(5):621-3.
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        5. Appelhans BM, Whited MC, Schneider KL, Ma Y, Oleski JL, Merriam PA, Waring ME, Olendzki BC, Mann DM, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Depression severity, diet quality, and physical activity in women with obesity and depression. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 May; 112(5):693-8.
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        6. Culver AL, Ockene IS, Balasubramanian R, Olendzki BC, Sepavich DM, Wactawski-Wende J, Manson JE, Qiao Y, Liu S, Merriam PA, Rahilly-Tierny C, Thomas F, Berger JS, Ockene JK, Curb JD, Ma Y. Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women's Health Initiative. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):144-52.
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        7. Wang Y, Zhao D, Xing Y, Li J, Hu D, Xu Y, Merriam PA, Ma Y. Clinical features of chinese coronary heart disease patients with chronic kidney disease. Ren Fail. 2012; 34(8):985-90.
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        8. Ockene IS, Tellez TL, Rosal MC, Reed GW, Mordes J, Merriam PA, Olendzki BC, Handelman G, Nicolosi R, Ma Y. Outcomes of a Latino community-based intervention for the prevention of diabetes: the Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project. Am J Public Health. 2012 Feb; 102(2):336-42.
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        9. McDermott MM, Greenland P, Reed G, Mazor KM, Merriam PA, Graff R, Tao H, Pagoto S, Manheim L, Kibbe MR, Ockene IS. Gender differences in cholesterol-lowering medication prescribing in peripheral artery disease. Vasc Med. 2011 Dec; 16(6):428-35.
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        10. McDermott MM, Reed G, Greenland P, Mazor KM, Pagoto S, Ockene JK, Graff R, Merriam PA, Leung K, Manheim L, Kibbe MR, Olendzki B, Pearce WH, Ockene IS. Activating peripheral arterial disease patients to reduce cholesterol: a randomized trial. Am J Med. 2011 Jun; 124(6):557-65.
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        11. Ma Y, Chiriboga DE, Pagoto SL, Rosal MC, Li W, Merriam PA, Hébert JR, Whited MC, Ockene IS. Association between Depression and C-Reactive Protein. Cardiol Res Pract. 2010; 2011:286509.
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        12. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. What are patients actually eating: the dietary practices of cardiovascular disease patients. Curr Opin Cardiol. 2010 Sep; 25(5):518-21.
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        13. Ma Y, Ockene IS, Rosal MC, Merriam PA, Ockene JK, Gandhi PJ. Randomized Trial of a Pharmacist-Delivered Intervention for Improving Lipid-Lowering Medication Adherence among Patients with Coronary Heart Disease. Cholesterol. 2010; 2010:383281.
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        14. Luo Y, Li X, Li J, Wang X, Qiao Y, Hu D, Merriam PA, Ma Y. Combined effects of smoking and peripheral arterial disease on all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in a Chinese male cohort. J Vasc Surg. 2010 Mar; 51(3):673-8.
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        15. McDermott MM, Mazor KM, Reed G, Pagoto S, Graff R, Merriam P, Kibbe M, Greenland P, Ockene J, Olendzki B, Huimin Tao , Ockene I. Attitudes and behavior of peripheral arterial disease patients toward influencing their physician's prescription of cholesterol-lowering medication. Vasc Med. 2010 Apr; 15(2):83-90.
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        16. Merriam PA, Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Schneider KL, Li W, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Design and methods for testing a simple dietary message to improve weight loss and dietary quality. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009; 9:87.
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        17. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Hurley TG, Magner RP, Ockene IS, Schneider KL, Merriam PA, Hébert JR. Number of 24-hour diet recalls needed to estimate energy intake. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 Aug; 19(8):553-9.
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        18. Pagoto SL, Ma Y, Bodenlos JS, Olendzki B, Rosal MC, Tellez T, Merriam P, Ockene IS. Association of depressive symptoms and lifestyle behaviors among Latinos at risk of type 2 diabetes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Jul; 109(7):1246-50.
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        19. Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Schneider KL, Merriam P, Culver AL, Ockene IS, Pagoto S. A simple dietary message to improve dietary quality: Results from a pilot investigation. Nutrition. 2009 Jul-Aug; 25(7-8):736-44.
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        20. Merriam PA, Tellez TL, Rosal MC, Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Pagoto SL, Ockene IS. Methodology of a diabetes prevention translational research project utilizing a community-academic partnership for implementation in an underserved Latino community. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2009; 9:20.
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        21. Pagoto SL, Schneider KL, Oleski J, Bodenlos JS, Merriam P, Ma Y. Design and methods for a cluster randomized trial of the Sunless Study: a skin cancer prevention intervention promoting sunless tanning among beach visitors. BMC Public Health. 2009; 9:50.
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        22. Chiriboga DE, Ma Y, Li W, Stanek EJ, Hébert JR, Merriam PA, Rawson ES, Ockene IS. Seasonal and sex variation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in healthy adults: a longitudinal study. Clin Chem. 2009 Feb; 55(2):313-21.
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        23. Schneider KL, Bodenlos JS, Ma Y, Olendzki B, Oleski J, Merriam P, Crawford S, Ockene IS, Pagoto SL. Design and methods for a randomized clinical trial treating comorbid obesity and major depressive disorder. BMC Psychiatry. 2008; 8:77.
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        24. Olendzki BC, Ma Y, Hébert JR, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Rosal MC, Ockene IS. Underreporting of energy intake and associated factors in a Latino population at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Jun; 108(6):1003-8.
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        25. Griffith JA, Ma Y, Chasan-Taber L, Olendzki BC, Chiriboga DE, Stanek EJ, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Association between dietary glycemic index, glycemic load, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Nutrition. 2008 May; 24(5):401-6.
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        26. Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Griffith JA, Bodenlos J, Wang Y, Ockene IS. Dietary quality 1 year after diagnosis of coronary heart disease. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Feb; 108(2):240-6; discussion 246-7.
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        27. Chiriboga DE, Ma Y, Li W, Olendzki BC, Pagoto SL, Merriam PA, Matthews CE, Hebert JR, Ockene IS. Gender differences in predictors of body weight and body weight change in healthy adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jan; 16(1):137-45.
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        28. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Merriam PA, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Li W, Hébert JR, Ockene IS, Griffith JA, Pagoto SL. A randomized clinical trial comparing low-glycemic index versus ADA dietary education among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Nutrition. 2008 Jan; 24(1):45-56.
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        29. Ma Y, Pagoto SL, Griffith JA, Merriam PA, Ockene IS, Hafner AR, Olendzki BC. A dietary quality comparison of popular weight-loss plans. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007 Oct; 107(10):1786-91.
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        30. Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Hafner AR, Chiriboga DE, Culver AL, Andersen VA, Merriam PA, Pagoto SL. Low-carbohydrate and high-fat intake among adult patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrition. 2006 Nov-Dec; 22(11-12):1129-36.
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        31. Ma Y, Chiriboga D, Olendzki BC, Nicolosi R, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Effect of soy protein containing isoflavones on blood lipids in moderately hypercholesterolemic adults: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Aug; 24(4):275-85.
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        32. Ockene IS, Chiriboga DE, Stanek EJ, Harmatz MG, Nicolosi R, Saperia G, Well AD, Freedson P, Merriam PA, Reed G, Ma Y, Matthews CE, Hebert JR. Seasonal variation in serum cholesterol levels: treatment implications and possible mechanisms. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Apr 26; 164(8):863-70.
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        33. Ma Y, Bertone ER, Stanek EJ, Reed GW, Hebert JR, Cohen NL, Merriam PA, Ockene IS. Association between eating patterns and obesity in a free-living US adult population. Am J Epidemiol. 2003 Jul 1; 158(1):85-92.
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        34. Matthews CE, Ockene IS, Freedson PS, Rosal MC, Merriam PA, Hebert JR. Moderate to vigorous physical activity and risk of upper-respiratory tract infection. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2002 Aug; 34(8):1242-8.
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