Marilyn Merritt GrayMarilyn Merritt-Gray, BN, MN

Contact information

Marilyn Merritt-Gray
Phone: (506) 458-7634
Fax: (506) 453-4519

Education summary:

  • BN 1977, University of New Brunswick, Fred., NB
  • MN 1986, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Extensive involvement in clinical practice and research focused workshops and internships

Key area(s) of interest/expertise:

  • Woman abuse, how to improve our preventive, crisis, and follow up programs and interventions
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health care, particularly with young and middle aged adults, from a generalist nurse perspective
  • Health resource development and design particularly relevant to the rural context
  • Women’s wellness, particularly Obs/Gyn

Classroom/clinical teaching summary

  • Regularly supervise graduate nursing students advanced practice, thesis, and reports
  • Undergraduate and graduate teaching: primarily Psych/Mental health and community nursing practice focus

Research, grants & publications summary

  • Wuest, Merritt-Gray, Hodgins, Majerovich, Dube, Ford-Gilboe, Varcoe; $484, 950, 2009-2012; CIHR/NBHRF,  An Exploratory Study of the Feasibility and Efficacy of a Primary Health Care Intervention for Women in the Early years After Leaving and Abusive Partner,
  • Wuest (PI), Hodgins, Merritt-Gray & Seaman;  $163,164;  2007-2009; Alzheimer Society & CNF, Past Relationship and Obligation as Predictors of Health and health Promotion in Women Caregivers of Family Members with Alzheimer Disease and related Dementias
  • Duffy, Wuest & Merritt-Gray $77,888; 2007-2010, SSHRC, Lone Mothers Achieving Employment in the Aftermath of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Wuest, Merritt-Gray $104,548; 2006-2009, SSHRC, Evolution in Intimate Partner relationships as Male Partners Become Non-abusive
  • MacIntosh, Wuest & Merritt-Gray $179,712; 2006-2009, SSHRC, Health Promotion Processes of Women Who Have Experienced Work Place Bullying and Intimate Partner Violence
  • MacIntosh, Wuest & Merritt-Gray $68,611; 2006-2009, SSHRC, The Effects of Workplace Bullying on Women’s Patterns of Engagement in the Workplace
  • Wuest, Merritt-Gray $57,777; 2003-2006 SSHRC, Achieving Non-Violence in Abusive Intimate Partner Relationships and Women’s Health
  • Wuest, Hodgins, & Merritt-Gray $144,228 2003-2006CIHR, The Influence of Past Relationship and Obligation on Health and health promotion in Family Caregivers of Adult Family Members
  • Hodgins, Wuest, & Merritt-Gray $167,236 2003- 2006, Comparison of the Use of Formal and Informal Emergency Health Care resources by Rural and Urban Canadians
  • Ford-Gilboe, Wuest, Varcoe, Merritt-Gray, Davies & Hankivsky $1.25M 2003- 2008 CIHR New Emerging Team Grant: The Long Term Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Mental and Physical Health of Women Who Have Left Abusive Relationships: Building the Evidence to Improve Professional Practice and Public Policy
  • Ford-Gilboe, Wuest, Varcoe, Merritt-Gray, Hankivsky $360,000 2003- 2005 The Effects of Personal, Social, and Economic Resources on Physical and Mental Health of Women in the Early Years After Leaving an Abusive Partner


  • Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Wilk, P., Campbell, J., Lent, B., Varcoe, C., Merritt-Gray, M., & Smye, V. (2010).  Pathways of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Considering Abuse related Injury, Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depressive Symptoms, and Child Abuse. Journal of Women’s Health, 19 (9) 1665-1674.
  • Wuest, J., Malcolm, J. & Merritt-Gray, M. (2010). Daughters’ obligation to care in the context of past abuse. Health Care for Women International, 31(12) 1047-1067.
  • MacIntosh, J., Wuest, J., Merritt Gray, M., & Aldous, S. (2010). Effects of workplace bullying on how women work. Western Journal of Nursing Research.
  • MacIntosh, J., Wuest, J., & Merritt Gray, M. & Cronkhite, M. (2010). Workplace bullying in health care effects meaning of work. Qualitative Health Research. 20(8), 1128-1141.
  • Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M., Varcoe, C., Lent, B., Wilk, P. & Campbell, J. (2009). Abuse related injury & symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as mechanisms of chronic pain in survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Pain Medicine, 10(4), 739-747.
  • Ford-Gilboe, M., Wuest, J., Varcoe, C., Davies, L., Merritt-Gray, M., Hammerton, J., Wilk, P., & Campbell, J. (2009). Modeling the effects of Intimate Partner Violence and access to resources on women's health in the early years after leaving an abusive partner.  Social Science and Medicine. 68, 1021- 1029.
  • Wuest, J., Merritt-Gray, M., Ford-Gilboe, M., Lent, B., Varcoe, C., Wilk, P. & Campbell, J. (2008). Chronic pain in women survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Pain, 9(11), 1049-1057.
  • Wuest, J., & Merritt-Gray, M. (2008). A theoretical understanding of abusive intimate partner relationships that become non-violent: Shifting the pattern of abusive control.  Journal of Family Violence, 23, 281-293.
  • Wuest, J., Merritt-Gray, M., Lent, B., Varcoe, C., Connors, A., & Ford-Gilboe, M. (2007). Patterns of medication use among women survivors of intimate partner violence. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98(6), 460-464.
  • Wuest, J., Hodgins, MJ. ,Malcolm, J., Merritt-Gray, M., & Seaman, P. (2007). The effects of past relationship and obligation on health and health promotion in women caregivers of adult family members. Advances in Nursing Science, 30(3), 206-20.
  • Wuest, Ford-Gilboe, Merritt-Gray & Lemire (2006). Using grounded theory to generate a theoretical understanding of the effects of child custody policy on women’s health promotion in the context of intimate partner violence. Health Care for Women International 6(27), 409-512.
  • Ford-Gilboe, Wuest, Varcoe & Merritt-Gray (2006). Developing an evidenced based health advocacy intervention to support women who have left abusive partners. Canadian Journal of Nursing research, 38(1), 147-168.
  • Ford-Gilboe, Wuest & Merritt-Gray (2005). Strengthening capacity to limit intrusion: Theorizing family health promotion in the aftermath of woman abuse. Qualitative Health Research, 15(4), 477-501.
  • Wuest, Merritt-Gray & Ford-Gilboe(2004). Regenerating Family: Strengthening the emotional health of mothers and children in the context of intimate partner violence. Advances in Nursing Science, 27(4), 257-274.
  •  Wuest, J., Ford-Gilboe, M., Merritt-Gray, M., Berman, H. (2003). Intrusion: The basic social problem identified in a grounded theory study of family health promotion among children and single mothers after leaving and abusive partner. Qualitative Health Research, 13(5), 597-622.
  • Wuest, J., Berman, H., Ford-Gilboe, M., & Merritt-Gray, M. (2002). Illuminating social determinants of women’s health using grounded theory. Health Care For Women International, 23(8). 794-808.
  • Wuest, J. & Merritt-Gray, M. (2001) Beyond survival: Reclaiming self after leaving an abusive male partner. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 32(4), 79-94.

Professional practice, committees, volunteer work summary

  • 2002: Member of consultative review committees concerning the revision of NB’s provincial woman abuse protocols, and review of the Victim Services Programs in NB
  • 2001- present: NB Nursing Association rep on the NB Minister’s Working Group on Violence Against Women
  • 1999: NB Region 3 Health Corp., Facilitator of Rural Acute Psychiatric Service Needs Assessment