Ray M. Merrill, PhD, MPH


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Adjunct Professor
  • Divisions: Public Health

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Perrin PC, Merrill RM, Lindsay GB (2006 May 23). Patterns of smoking behavior among physicians in Yerevan, Armenia. BMC Public Health, 6(1), 139.
  2. Aldana SG, Greenlaw RL, Diehl HA, Salberg A, Merrill RM, Ohmine S, Thomas C (2006 Jan). The behavioral and clinical effects of therapeutic lifestyle change on middle-aged adults. Prev Chronic Dis, 3(1), A05.
  3. Tanner K, Roy N, Merrill RM, Power D (2005 Dec). Velopharyngeal port status during classical singing. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 48(6), 1311-24.
  4. Roy N, Merrill RM, Gray SD, Smith EM (2005 Nov). Voice disorders in the general population: prevalence, risk factors, and occupational impact. Laryngoscope, 115(11), 1988-95.
  5. Feland JB, Hager R, Merrill RM (2005 Nov). Sit to stand transfer: performance in rising power, transfer time and sway by age and sex in senior athletes. Br J Sports Med, 39(11), e39.
  6. Merrill RM, Shields EC, White GL Jr, Druce D (2005 Jul-Aug). Climate conditions and physical activity in the United States. Am J Health Behav, 29(4), 371-81.
  7. Aldana SG, Greenlaw RL, Diehl HA, Salberg A, Merrill RM, Ohmine S (2005 Jun). The effects of a worksite chronic disease prevention program. J Occup Environ Med, 47(6), 558-64.
  8. Blomgren M, Roy N, Callister T, Merrill RM (2005 Jun). Intensive stuttering modification therapy: a multidimensional assessment of treatment outcomes. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 48(3), 509-23.
  9. Merrill RM, Lyon JL (2005 May). Cancer incidence among Mormons and non-Mormons in Utah (United States) 1995-1999. Prev Med, 40(5), 535-41.
  10. Aldana SG, Greenlaw RL, Diehl HA, Salberg A, Merrill RM, Ohmine S, Thomas C (2005 Mar). Effects of an intensive diet and physical activity modification program on the health risks of adults. J Am Diet Assoc, 105(3), 371-81.
  11. Roy N, Gouse M, Mauszycki SC, Merrill RM, Smith ME (2005 Feb). Task specificity in adductor spasmodic dysphonia versus muscle tension dysphonia. Laryngoscope, 115(2), 311-6.
  12. Aldana SG, Merrill RM, Price K, Hardy A, Hager R (2005 Feb). Financial impact of a comprehensive multisite workplace health promotion program. Prev Med, 40(2), 131-7.
  13. Merrill RM, Folsom JA (2005). Female breast cancer incidence and survival in Utah according to religious preference, 1985-1999. BMC Cancer, 5(1), 49.
  14. Merrill RM, Shields EC, Wood A, Beck RE (2004 Dec). Outcome expectations that motivate physical activity among world senior games participants. Percept Mot Skills, 99(3 Pt 2), 1277-89.
  15. Merrill RM, Dearden KA (2004 Dec). How representative are the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER) program cancer data of the United States? Cancer Causes Control, 15(10), 1027-34.
  16. Thibeault SL, Merrill RM, Roy N, Gray SD, Smith EM (2004 Nov). Occupational risk factors associated with voice disorders among teachers. Ann Epidemiol, 14(10), 786-92.
  17. Morris LM, Merrill RM (2004 Jul-Aug). Use of the dietary analysis plus program in an introductory college nutrition class. J Nutr Educ Behav, 36(4), 213-4.
  18. Thackeray R, Merrill RM, Neiger BL (2004 Jul-Aug). Disparities in diabetes management practice between racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Diabetes Educ, 30(4), 665-75.
  19. Roy N, Merrill RM, Thibeault S, Gray SD, Smith EM (2004 Jun). Voice disorders in teachers and the general population: effects on work performance, attendance, and future career choices. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 47(3), 542-51.
  20. Roy N, Merrill RM, Thibeault S, Parsa RA, Gray SD, Smith EM (2004 Apr). Prevalence of voice disorders in teachers and the general population. J Speech Lang Hear Res, 47(2), 281-93.
  21. Hawks SR, Merrill RM, Madanat HN, Miyagawa T, Suwanteerangkul J, Guarin CM, Shaofang C (2004). Intuitive eating and the nutrition transition in Asia. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 13(2), 194-203.
  22. Daniels M, Merrill RM, Lyon JL, Stanford JB, White GL Jr (2004 Jan). Associations between breast cancer risk factors and religious practices in Utah. Prev Med, 38(1), 28-38.
  23. Merrill RM, Shields EC (2003 Nov 22). Understanding why adult participants at the World Senior Games choose a healthy diet. Nutr J, 2, 16.
  24. Merrill RM, Hilton SC, Daniels M (2003 Nov). Impact of the LDS church's health doctrine on deaths from diseases and conditions associated with cigarette smoking. Ann Epidemiol, 13(10), 704-11.
  25. Robinson KA, Merrill RM (2003 Sep-Oct). Relation among stroke knowledge, lifestyle, and stroke-related screening results. Geriatr Nurs, 24(5), 300-5.
  26. Merrill RM, Allen EW (2003 Fall). Racial and ethnic disparities in satisfaction with doctors and health providers in the United States. Ethn Dis, 13(4), 492-8.
  27. Hawks SR, Madanat HN, Merrill RM, Goudy MB, Miyagawa T (2003 Jun). A cross-cultural analysis of 'motivation for eating' as a potential factor in the emergence of global obesity: Japan and the United States. Health Promot Internation, 18(2), 153-62.
  28. Besson H, Renaudier P, Merrill RM, Coiffier B, Sebban C, Fabry J, Trepo C, Sasco AJ (2003 May). Smoking and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a case-control study in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. Cancer Causes Control, 14(4), 381-9.
  29. Merrill RM, Hilton SC, Wiggins CL, Sturgeon JD (2003 Apr 29). Toward a better understanding of the comparatively high prostate cancer incidence rates in Utah. BMC Cancer, 3, 14.
  30. Sasco AJ, Merrill RM, Benhaim-Luzon V, Gerard JP, Freyer G (2003 Mar). Trends in tobacco smoking among adolescents in Lyon, France. Eur J Cancer, 39(4), 496-504.
  31. McAllister JM, Lindsay GB, Merrill RM, Perego UA (2002 Dec). Cigarette smoking and stages of change among men and women in Kiev, Ukraine. Eur J Public Health, 12(4), 302-7.
  32. Merrill RM, Wiggins CL (2002 Sep-Oct). Incidental detection of population-based prostate cancer incidence rates through transurethral resection of the prostate. Urol Oncol, 7(5), 213-9.
  33. Sasco AJ, Merrill RM, Dari I, Benhaim-Luzon V, Carriot F, Cann CI, Bartal M (2002 Sep). A case-control study of lung cancer in Casablanca, Morocco. Cancer Causes Control, 13(7), 609-16.
  34. Madanat H, Merrill RM (2002 Aug). Breast cancer risk-factor and screening awareness among women nurses and teachers in Amman, Jordan. Cancer Nurs, 25(4), 276-82.
  35. Merrill RM, Thygerson AL (2002-07-01). Religious preference, church activity, and physical exercise. (Abstract). Am J Health Promot, 16(08901171).
  36. Merrill RM, Bird JS (2002 Jun). Effect of young age on prostate cancer survival: a population-based assessment (United States). Cancer Causes Control, 13(5), 435-43.
  37. Merrill RM, Perego UA, Heiner SW (2002 May-Jun). Age, lifestyle, health risk indicators, and prostate-specific antigen scores in men participating in the world senior games. Urol Oncol, 7(3), 105-9.
  38. Lockhart BD, Merrill RM, Bird JS (2002 Apr). Perceptions of unconditional and conditional worth among college students. Percept Mot Skills, 94(2), 489-98.
  39. Merrill RM, Morris MK (2002 Jan 15). Prevalence-corrected prostate cancer incidence rates and trends. Am J Epidemiol, 155(2), 148-52.
  40. Merrill RM, White GL (2002). Why health educators need epidemiology. Educ Health (Abingdon), 15(2), 215-21.
  41. Merrill RM (2001 Dec). Demographics and health-related factors of men receiving prostate-specific antigen screening in Utah. Prev Med, 33(6), 646-52.
  42. Merrill RM, Weed DL (2001 Nov). Measuring the public health burden of cancer in the United States through lifetime and age-conditional risk estimates. Ann Epidemiol, 11(8), 547-53.
  43. Merrill RM, Thygerson AL (2001 Jul). Religious preference, church activity, and physical exercise. Prev Med, 33(1), 38-45.
  44. Merrill RM (2001 Mar). Partitioned prostate cancer prevalence estimates: an informative measure of the disease burden. J Epidemiol Community Health, 55(3), 191-7.
  45. Merrill RM (2001 Feb). Prevalence corrected hysterectomy rates and probabilities in Utah. Ann Epidemiol, 11(2), 127-35.
  46. Merrill RM, Lyon JL, Wiggins C (2001). Comparison of two methods based on cross-sectional data for correcting corpus uterine cancer incidence and probabilities. BMC Cancer, 1, 13.
  47. Merrill RM, Stanford EJ, Lindsay GB, Neiger BL (2000 Oct). The relationship of perceived age and sales of tobacco and alcohol to underage customers. J Community Health, 25(5), 401-10.
  48. Merrill R, Lyon J, Wiggins C (2000 Oct 1). Cross-sectionally derived hysterectomy prevalence for correcting uterine and ovarian cancer incidence rates and probabilities. Ann Epidemiol, 10(7), 464.
  49. Merrill RM (2000 Aug). Nonaggressive management of White and Black prostate cancer patients in the United States. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis, 3(2), 94-99.
  50. Merrill RM, Hankey BF (2000 Summer). Monitoring progress against cancer with age-adjusted rates and trends: what role does the standard population play? J Cancer Educ, 15(2), 99-107.
  51. Merrill RM, Lyon JL (2000 May). Explaining the difference in prostate cancer mortality rates between white and black men in the United States. Urology, 55(5), 730-5.
  52. Merrill RM, Capocaccia R, Feuer EJ, Mariotto A (2000 Apr). Cancer prevalence estimates based on tumour registry data in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. Int J Epidemiol, 29(2), 197-207.
  53. Merrill RM, Merrill AV, Mayer LS (2000 Spring-Summer). Factors associated with no surgery or radiation therapy for invasive cervical cancer in Black and White women. Ethn Dis, 10(2), 248-56.
  54. Merrill RM, Stephenson RA (2000 Feb). Trends in mortality rates in patients with prostate cancer during the era of prostate specific antigen screening. J Urol, 163(2), 503-10.
  55. Merrill RM (2000 Feb). Measuring the projected public health impact of lung cancer through lifetime and age-conditional risk estimates. Ann Epidemiol, 10(2), 88-96.
  56. Hankey BF, Ries LA, Kosary CL, Feuer EJ, Merrill RM, Clegg LX, Edwards BK (2000 Jan). Partitioning linear trends in age-adjusted rates. Cancer Causes Control, 11(1), 31-5.
  57. Breen N, Wesley MN, Merrill RM, Johnson K (1999 Winter). The relationship of socio-economic status and access to minimum expected therapy among female breast cancer patients in the National Cancer Institute Black-White Cancer Survival Study. Ethn Dis, 9(1), 111-25.
  58. Hanks WA, Driggs XA, Lindsay GB, Merrill RM (1999 Nov). An examination of common coping strategies used to combat driver fatigue. J Am Coll Health, 48(3), 135-7.
  59. Merrill RM, Feuer EJ, Warren JL, Schussler N, Stephenson RA (1999 Oct 15). Role of transurethral resection of the prostate in population-based prostate cancer incidence rates. Am J Epidemiol, 150(8), 848-60.
  60. Merrill RM, Henson DE, Barnes M (1999 Sep). Conditional survival among patients with carcinoma of the lung. Chest, 116(3), 697-703.
  61. Feuer EJ, Merrill RM, Hankey BF (1999 Jun 16). Cancer surveillance series: interpreting trends in prostate cancer--part II: Cause of death misclassification and the recent rise and fall in prostate cancer mortality. J Natl Cancer Inst, 91(12), 1025-32.
  62. Etzioni R, Legler JM, Feuer EJ, Merrill RM, Cronin KA, Hankey BF (1999 Jun 16). Cancer surveillance series: interpreting trends in prostate cancer--part III: Quantifying the link between population prostate-specific antigen testing and recent declines in prostate cancer mortality. J Natl Cancer Inst, 91(12), 1033-9.
  63. Hankey BF, Feuer EJ, Clegg LX, Hayes RB, Legler JM, Prorok PC, Ries LA, Merrill RM, Kaplan RS (1999 Jun 16). Cancer surveillance series: interpreting trends in prostate cancer--part I: Evidence of the effects of screening in recent prostate cancer incidence, mortality, and survival rates. J Natl Cancer Inst, 91(12), 1017-24.
  64. Potosky AL, Merrill RM, Riley GF, Taplin SH, Barlow W, Fireman BH, Lubitz JD (1999 Jun). Prostate cancer treatment and ten-year survival among group/staff HMO and fee-for-service Medicare patients. Health Serv Res, 34(2), 525-46.
  65. Merrill RM, Brown ML, Potosky AL, Riley G, Taplin SH, Barlow W, Fireman BH (1999 Jun). Survival and treatment for colorectal cancer Medicare patients in two group/staff health maintenance organizations and the fee-for-service setting. Med Care Res Rev, 56(2), 177-96.
  66. Merrill RM, Kessler LG, Udler JM, Rasband GC, Feuer EJ (1999 Feb). Comparison of risk estimates for selected diseases and causes of death. Prev Med, 28(2), 179-93.
  67. Legler JM, Feuer EJ, Potosky AL, Merrill RM, Kramer BS (1998 Oct). The role of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing patterns in the recent prostate cancer incidence decline in the United States. Cancer Causes Control, 9(5), 519-27.
  68. Merrill RM, Henson DE, Ries LA (1998 Sep). Conditional survival estimates in 34,963 patients with invasive carcinoma of the colon. Dis Colon Rectum, 41(9), 1097-106.
  69. Garrity LF, Schiel SL, Merrill R, Reizer J, Saier MH Jr, Ordal GW (1998 Sep). Unique regulation of carbohydrate chemotaxis in Bacillus subtilis by the phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent phosphotransferase system and the methyl-accepting chemotaxis protein McpC. J Bacteriol, 180(17), 4475-80.
  70. Wun LM, Merrill RM, Feuer EJ (1998). Estimating lifetime and age-conditional probabilities of developing cancer. Lifetime Data Anal, 4(2), 169-86.
  71. Potosky AL, Merrill RM, Riley GF, Taplin SH, Barlow W, Fireman BH, Ballard-Barbash R (1997 Nov 19). Breast cancer survival and treatment in health maintenance organization and fee-for-service settings. J Natl Cancer Inst, 89(22), 1683-91.
  72. Merrill RM, Weed DL, Feuer EJ (1997 Oct). The lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer in white and black men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 6(10), 763-8.
  73. Clark GT, Sakai S, Merrill R, Flack VF, McArthur D, McCreary C (1997 Fall). Waking and sleeping temporalis EMG levels in tension-type headache patients. J Orofac Pain, 11(4), 298-306.
  74. Merrill RM, Brawley OW (1997 Mar). Prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates among white and black men. Epidemiology, 8(2), 126-31.
  75. Merrill RM, Potosky AL, Feuer EJ (1996 Nov 20). Changing trends in U.S. prostate cancer incidence rates. J Natl Cancer Inst, 88(22), 1683-5.
  76. Merrill RM, Feuer EJ (1996 Sep). Risk-adjusted cancer-incidence rates (United States). Cancer Causes Control, 7(5), 544-52.
  77. Clark GT, Sakai S, Merrill R, Flack VF, McCreary C (1995 Dec). Cross-correlation between stress, pain, physical activity, and temporalis muscle EMG in tension-type headache. Cephalalgia, 15(6), 511-8, discussion 451.
  78. Nanda RS, Merrill RM (1994 Apr). Cephalometric assessment of sagittal relationship between maxilla and mandible. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop, 105(4), 328-44.
  79. Yih WY, Thoman R, Merrill R (1993 Aug). Removal of a bullet from the parotid gland. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 51(8), 925-7.
  80. Spector SA, Merrill R, Wolf D, Dankner WM (1992 Sep). Detection of human cytomegalovirus in plasma of AIDS patients during acute visceral disease by DNA amplification. J Clin Microbiol, 30(9), 2359-65.
  81. VanValkenburg C, Kluznik J, Merrill R, Erickson W (1990). Therapeutic levels of valproate for psychosis. Psychopharmacol Bull, 26(2), 254-5.
  82. Markowitz NR, Catone GA, Merrill R, Wolford DG, Hawkinson R (1979 Jun). Immediate permanent reconstruction of a mandibular continuity defect with use of a prosthesis of chromium-cobalt alloy. J Am Dent Assoc, 98(6), 943-6.


  1. Merrill RM, Fugal S, Novilla LB, Raphael MC (2005 Mar). Cancer risk associated with early and late maternal age at first birth. [Review]. Gynecol Oncol, 96(3), 583-93.
  2. Brawley OW, Knopf K, Merrill R (1998 Nov). The epidemiology of prostate cancer part I: descriptive epidemiology. [Review]. Semin Urol Oncol, 16(4), 187-92.
  3. Mays D, Devitt K, Gottlieb T, Kemble S, Merrill R, Torres G, Asderian E, Becnel B (1992 Oct). Nursing research in the VA system. A consortium approach. [Review]. J Nurs Adm, 22(10), 54-9.
  4. VanValkenburg C, Kluznik JC, Merrill R (1992 Sep). New uses of anticonvulsant drugs in psychosis. [Review]. Drugs, 44(3), 326-35.


  1. Merrill RM (1996 Oct 5). Changes in the use of radical prostatectomy for treating prostate cancer in the USA [Letter to the editor]. Lancet, 348(9032), 963-4.