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Mercier, Deborah A.

Assistant Professor
Nursing and Allied Health Center, 104A
(636) 627-6684
dmercier@lindenwood.edu

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

SU I 14 AHS 38400 OL1 ONLNE Health Literacy and Patient Education
FA SEM 14 NUR 35000 HYBD1  Health Policy and Finance
FA SEM 14 NUR 35000 HYBD2  Health Policy and Finance




Biography

Deborah Mercier joined the Lindenwood University faculty as an Assistant Professor in July,  2013.  She is a native of St. Louis, having lived in the south county since childhood (she attended Mehlville highschool).  She currently resides in Imperial with her husband, Jim, a letter carrier in Ballwin.  The couple have two children -  Sarah, who is 20 and a special education major, and Brian, who is 17 and a junior in high school.  Ms. Mercier enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her family, and playing with the family’s cats, Stud and Muffin.  They also have a wonderful black lab mix named Deuce. 

 




Educational and Professional Experience

Deborah Mercier graduated with a bachelor’s degree and master of science from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.  She also completed a bachelor of science in business management from Missouri State University.  She brings more than 20 years of nursing and leadership experience to LU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  As an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist, her clinical background is in bone marrow transplant and solid tumor cancer treatment, but she has also worked extensively in the public health sector with HIV, hepatitis C, and maternal/child populations.  As a nursing faculty member for many years, Ms. Mercier has taught leadership/management as well as research/evidence-based practice, health informatics, healthcare ethics, and community health nursing.  She is currently completing her PhD in nursing science including a graduate certificate in public health at the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing.  The focus of her research is patient decision making related to hepatitis C treatment initiation, adherence, and treatment completion.  As part of her doctoral work, Mercier is working with the Hepatitis C Therapeutic Registry and Research Network (HCV-TARGET Network), an international research consortium created to inform the ongoing transformation of hepatitis C treatment and research. 

 

 




Grants

 

Understanding the Barriers to and Facilitators of Hepatitis C Treatment Engagement.  A qualitative study that focuses on patients with hepatitis C and the factors that affect their decision-making process about receiving treatment. Funding:  Bristol-Myers Squibb, $20,000. Role:  Principal Investigator. (In progress).

 

HCV-TARGET:  Hepatitis C Therapeutic Registry and Research Network - A Longitudinal, Observational Study.  A longitudinal, observational study that creates a carefully maintained research registry of HCV patients treated with antiviral therapies designed to rapidly inform strategies for better management of populations underrepresented in clinical trials, identify and remediate educational gaps relative to treatment guidelines and adverse event management in order to optimize rates of sustained virological response (SVR), and serve as the core resource for important collaborative translational studies utilizing biospecimens and clinical data from diverse patient populations.  2011-2016. Role: Sub-Investigator at Saint Louis University (one of 33 sites). (In progress). 

 

 

 


 




Areas of Focus

Healthcare Decision Making
Hepatitis C Treatment Initiation
Hybrid and Online Education
Nursing Leadership 



Expertise

Mrs. Mercier shares more than 20 years of nursing and leadership experience with students at LU’s School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  As an advanced oncology clinical nurse specialist, her clinical background is in bone marrow transplant and solid tumor cancer treatment, but she has also worked extensively in the public health sector with HIV, hepatitis C, and maternal/child populations.  As a nursing faculty member for many years, she has taught leadership/management as well as research/evidence-based practice, health informatics, healthcare ethics, and community health nursing.  



Memberships

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Nurses’ Association

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Missouri Nurses’ Association

National League for Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society

 




Research Interests

Healthcare Decision Making
Hepatitis C Treatment Initiation
Hybrid and Online Education
Nursing Leadership 



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