Kristin Merss, BSN, RN

Credentials: Project Assistant

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Gilmore-Bykovskyi Lab


BSN: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
PhD: University of Wisconsin–Madison (expected)

Kristin is currently a PhD student at UW–Madison School of Nursing. Kristin studies incarceration and health, specifically during release and reentry.

Kristin was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) grant to support the study Perspectives of Correctional Officers about Older Adults in Prison: A Grounded Theory Study. The study is funded by the National Institute of Nursing. The primary research aim is to use Grounded Theory, a theory-generating methodology, to explore how correctional officers perceive and respond to age related changes in incarcerated older adults, including when, how and with what consequences correctional officers collaborate with correctional nurses.