Merrie J. Kaas, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Professor, School of Nursing

Merrie J. Kaas

Contact Info

kaasx002@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-3781

Fax 612-625-7091

Office Address:
6-157B Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, School of Nursing


PhD, University of California-San Francisco (Nursing), 1987

MSN, Wayne State University (Adult Psych./Mental Health Nursing and Medical-Surgical Nursing), 1976

BSN, Wayne State University (Nursing), 1972

Summary

Professional Associations

  • Co-operative Membership:
    Population Health and Systems
  • Center Membership:
    Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Specialty areas are older women's mental health; mental health/illness in long-term care; nursing interventions for late-life depression. (Recent grants and selected publications are listed below.)

Research Funding Grants

Research and Education Grants:

Title of Project: Training to Improve Late Stage Dementia Care
Funding Agency: NIA, SBIR Phase II
Role: Co-PI
Project Dates: 9/30/2010 - 8/31/2012

Title of Project: Building Faculty Capacity in Geriatric Nursing for Central Minnesota
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 2009-2011

Title of Project: Minnesota Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence
Funding Agency: JA Hartford Foundation
Role: Associate Director
Project Dates: 2007-2012

Title of Project: MAGEC: Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center
Funding Agency: HRSA
Role: Faculty (Kane-Public Health, PI)
Project Dates: 10/07 - 9/10

Title of Project: Faculty-Friendly Tools to Develop Interactive Online Courses
Funding Agency: UMN Technology Enhanced Learning Award
Role: Investigator
Project Dates: 4/1/05 - 3/31/06

Title of Project: The Menopausal Experience of American Indians
Funding Agency: MN Nurses Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 3/1/03-2/28/05

Title of Project: Mentoring Grant in Gerontological Nursing
Funding Agency: University of Iowa, College of Nursing
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2/1/00-1/31/01

Title of Project: MAGEC (Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center)
Funding Agency: DHHS: Bureau of Health Professionals
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 7/1/00-6/30/05

Title of Project: Telephone delivered cognitive behavioral group therapy for the treatment of depression in older women
Funding Agency: K23 MH01876
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1999

Title of Project: Telephone delivered cognitive behavioral group therapy for the treatment of depression in older women: Pilot study
Funding Agency: Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation, Katharine Densford Dreves Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1999

Title of Project: Screening for prevalence of depression in ALFs
Funding Agency: UMN Graduate School Grant-in-Aid
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1998-2000

Title of Project: Self care practices of older women recovering from depression
Funding Agency: Graduate School Faculty Summer Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1998-1998

Title of Project: Secondary data analysis of Minimum Data Set (MDS) indicators of depression in long-term care
Funding Agency: Center on Aging, University of Minnesota
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 1996

Title of Project: Assessment and treatment of depression in long-term care
Funding Agency: UMN Graduate School Grant-in-Aid
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 3/1/96

Publications

Selected Publications:

  • Garrido, M.M., Kane, R.L., Kaas, M., & Kane, R.A. (2011). Use of mental health services by community-dwelling older adults. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 59(1), 50-56.
  • Kaas, M.J. Evaluation of simulated learning: Looking backward and forward. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Submitted 11/2010.
  • Kaas, M.J. (2010) Simulation. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 16(5), 315-317.
  • Kaas, M. (2010). Teaching in a technology-enhanced and web-connected world. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 16(2), 114-115.
  • Krichbaum, K., Kaas, M., Mueller, C., Wyman, J., Disch, J., & Westra, B. (2010). Teaching the teacher: Faculty Learning About Geriatrics (FLAG) Program. Journal of Continuing Nursing Education, 4(5), 218-223.
  • Garrido, M.M., Kane, R.L., Kaas, M., & Kane, R.A. (2009). Perceived need for mental health care among community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64B(6), 704-712.
  • Stevens, G. & Kaas, M. (2008). Psychotherapy with elderly clients. In K. Wheeler (Ed.) Psychotherapy for the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse. St. Louis: Elsevier/Mosby.
  • Luptak, M., Kaas, M., Artz, M. & McCarthy, T. (2008). Project ADAPT: A program to assess depression and provide treatment in rural areas. Gerontologist, 48(4).
  • Kaas, M. & Beattie, E. (2006). Geropsychiatric nursing practices in the United States: Present trends and future directions. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 12(3), 142-155.
  • Kaas, M. (2005). Effectiveness of depression management programs in primary care to treat depression in older adults. In B. M. Melnyk & E. Fineout-Overholt (Eds.), Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice(CD 20.45-CD 20.59). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Wyman, J. F., Bliss, D. Z., Dougherty, M. C., Gray, M., Kaas, M., Newman, D. K., Palmer, M. H., & Wells, T. J. (2004). Shaping future directions for incontinence research in aging adults: Executive summary. Nursing Research, 53(6S), S1-S10.
  • Buccheri, R., Trygstad, L., Dowling, G., Hopkins, R., White, K., Griffin, J. J., Henderson, S., Suciu, L., Hippe, S., Kaas, M. J., Covert, C., & Hebert, P. (2004). Long-term effects of teaching behavioral strategies for managing persistent auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 42(1), 18-27.
  • Kaas, M. J., Lee, S., & Peitzman, C. (2003). Barriers to collaboration between mental health professionals and families in the care of persons with serious mental illness. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 24(8), 741-756.
  • Trygstad, L., Buccheri, R., Dowling, G., Zind, R., White, K., Johnson Griffin, J., Henderson, S., Suciu, L., Hippe, S., Kaas, M. J., Covert, C., & Hebert, P. (2002). Behavioral management of persistent auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia: Outcomes from a 10-week course. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 8(3), 84-91.
  • Kaas, M. J., Moller, M. D., Markley, J. M., Billings, C., Haber, J., Hamera, E., Leahy, L., Pagel, S., & Zimmerman, M. (2002). Prescriptive authority for advanced practice psychiatric nurses: State of the states, 2001. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 8(3), 99-105.
  • Kaas, M., Block, D., Avery, M., Lindeke, L., Kubik, M., Duckett, L., & Vellenga, B. (2001). Technology-Enhanced Distance Education: From Experimentation to Concerted Action. Journal of Professional Nursing, 17(3), 135-140.
  • Kaas, M. (2001). One to Three: Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Illness. Creative Nursing, 1, 9-10.
  • Kaas, M., Dehn, D., Dahl, D., Frank, K., Markley, J., & Hebert, P. (2000). A View of Prescriptive Practice Collaboration: Perspectives of Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists and Psychiatrists. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 14 (5), 222-234.
  • Kaas, M., & Lewis, M. (1999). Cognitive behavioral group therapy for assisted living residents. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 37(10), 9-15.
  • Ryden, M., Pearson, V., Kaas, M., Snyder, M., Krichbaum, K., Lee, H., & Hanscom, J. (1999). Treatment of depression in a population at risk: Newly admitted nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 25(3), 21-29.
  • Ryden, M., Pearson, V., Kaas, M., Snyder, M., Krichbaum, M., Lee, H., Hagens, E., & Hanscom, J. (1998). Assessment of depression in a population at risk: Newly admitted nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 24(2), 21-29.
  • Chou, K., Kaas, M., & Richie, M. (1996). Assaultive behavior in geriatric patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22(11), 31-38.
  • Philo, S., Richie, M., & Kaas, M. (1996). Inappropriate sexual behavior in geriatric patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22(11), 17-22.
  • Potts, H., Richie, M., & Kaas, M. (1996). Resistance to care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22(11), 11-16.
  • Colthorp, B., Richie, M., & Kaas, M. (1996). Wandering behavior. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22(11), 5-10.
  • White, M., Kaas, M., & Richie, M. (1996). Vocally disruptive behavior. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 22(11), 23-29.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Psychiatric-mental health nursing; Psychopharmacology; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning