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Merighi

Joseph Merighi

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Connecticut College
B.S., Juniata College

Additional study: Fédération Universitaire et Polytechnique de Lille, École des Hautes Études Industrielles, Lille, France.


Areas of Interest

Social work practice in health care settings
End-stage renal disease
Medication adherence
International social work

My research examines the professional roles and contributions of social work practitioners in health care settings, with a particular emphasis on nephrology social workers in dialysis clinics. To execute my research agenda, I conduct quantitative and qualitative studies that describe the changing landscape of social work practice in nephrology settings and explore how social workers enhance the physical and psychosocial well-being of patients with end-stage renal disease. For example, some of my work has quantified at a national level dialysis social workers’ job roles and responsibilities, patient caseloads, workload demands, and emotional exhaustion. Together, these efforts will help strengthen the overall quality and delivery of psychosocial services to patients, provide better work environments for nephrology social work practitioners, and contribute to improved health outcomes of people with kidney disease.

 

In addition to my studies in nephrology social work, I have a strong commitment to social work research and practice in a global context. To this end, my colleagues and I have collaborated on projects in Portugal and Australia. Specifically, we conducted a national survey in Portugal to document social workers’ job tasks, substance use and occupational well-being, and we implemented a cross-national investigation of Australian and US psychiatric social workers to critically assess the conceptual integrity and transferability of a theory of professional expertise. My work in Portugal and Australia is consonant with the social work profession’s increasing emphasis on global perspectives in education, practice, and research.

Selected Publications

  1. Merighi, J. R. (2014). Behavioral self-management of end-stage renal disease: Implications for social work practice. In D. I. Mostofsky (Ed.), The handbook of behavioral medicine (Vol. 2, pp. 871-891). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

  2. Merighi, J. R. (2012). Changes in dialysis social workers’ caseloads, job tasks, and hourly wages since the
    implementation of the 2008 Conditions for Coverage. Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 38, 8–20.

  3. Merighi, J. R., Schatell, D. R., Bragg-Gresham, J. L., Witten, B., & Mehrotra, R. (2012). Insights into
    nephrologist training, clinical practice, and dialysis choice. Hemodialysis International, 16, 242–251.

  4. Merighi, J. R., & Collins, K. (2011). Critical concerns and contributions of nephrology social workers:
    Reactions to the 2008 Conditions for Coverage. Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 35, 9–16.

  5. Browne, T., & Merighi, J. R. (2010). Barriers to adult hemodialysis patients’ self-management of oral
    medications. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 56(3), 547–557.

  6. Fuller-Thomson, E., Sawyer, J., & Merighi, J. R. (2010). Lifetime prevalence of comorbid mood disorders
    in a representative sample of Canadians with Type 1 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes and Its
    Complications
    , 24, 297–300.

  7. Dinis, M. C., Merighi, J. R., & Anders, K. (2009). Therapeutic approaches, beliefs, and perceptions of
    providers when treating alcohol- or drug-using clients: Selecting best practices. In A. Browne-
    Miller (Ed.), Comprehensive series on addictions (Vol. 3, pp. 269–288). Westport, CT: Praeger-
    Greenwood.

  8. Paulsen, C., & Merighi, J. R. (2009). Adoption preparedness, cultural engagement, and parental
    satisfaction in intercountry adoption. Adoption Quarterly, 12(1), 1–18.

  9. Merighi, J. R., & Dinis, M. (2008). Surface acting as a predictor of emotional exhaustion in Portuguese
    social workers. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3(1), 303–310.

  10. Dinis, M., & Merighi, J. R. (2008). The influence of alcohol consumption and sedative use on life
    satisfaction in Portuguese social workers. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social
    Sciences
    , 3(2), 15–22.

  11. Wong-Kim, E., & Merighi, J. R. (2007). Complementary and alternative medicine for pain management
    in US- and foreign-born Chinese women with breast cancer. Journal of Health Care for the Poor
    and Underserved
    , 18, 118–129.

  12. Peck, M. D., & Merighi, J. R. (2007). The relation of social comparison to subjective well-being and
    health status in older adults. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 16(3), 121–
    142.

  13. Wong-Kim, E., Sun, A., Merighi, J. R., & Chow, E. A. (2005). Understanding quality of life issues in
    Chinese women with breast cancer: A qualitative investigation. Cancer Control, 12(Nov. Suppl.),
    6–12.

  14. Merighi, J. R., Ryan, M., Renouf, B., & Healy, B. (2005). Reassessing a theory of professional expertise:
    A cross-national investigation of expert mental health social workers. British Journal of Social
    Work
    , 35(5), 709–725.

  15. Merighi, J. R., & Ehlebracht, K. (2005). Emotional exhaustion and workload demands in renal social work
    practice. Journal of Nephrology Social Work, 24, 14–20.

  16. Ryan, M., Merighi, J. R., Healy, B., & Renouf, N. (2004). Belief, optimism, and caring: Findings from a
    cross-national study of expertise in mental health social work. Qualitative Social Work: Research
    and Practice
    , 3(4), 411–429.

  17. Merighi, J. R., & Ehlebracht, K. (2004c). Unit-based patient services and supportive counseling provided
    by renal social workers in the United States. Nephrology News & Issues, 18(7), 55, 59–63.

  18. Merighi, J. R., & Ehlebracht, K. (2004b). Issues for social workers in dialysis clinics in the United States.
    Nephrology News & Issues, 18(6), 67–68, 71–75.

  19. Merighi, J. R., & Ehlebracht, K. (2004a). Workplace resources, patient caseloads, and job satisfaction of
    renal social workers in the United States. Nephrology News & Issues, 18(5), 58, 60, 62, 64, 66,
    68.

  20. Nelson, K., & Merighi, J. R. (2003). Emotional dissonance in medical social work practice. Social Work in
    Health Care
    , 36(3), 63–79.

  21. Weiss, S. M., Malone, R. E., Merighi, J. R., & Benner, P. (2002). Economism, efficiency, and the moral
    ecology of good nursing practice. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 34(2), 95–119.

  22. Courtenay, W. H., McCreary, D. R., & Merighi, J. R. (2002). Gender and ethnic differences in health
    beliefs and behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 7(3), 219–231.

Selected Presentations

  1. Recent Presentations

  2. Merighi, J. R., Browne, T., & Cavanaugh, K. (2013, April). Social work contributions to dialysis patient
    outcomes: Phosphate binder self-management
    . Paper presented at the National Kidney
    Foundation Clinical Meetings, Orlando, FL.

  3. Merighi, J. R., Browne, T., Savage, T., Ryals, K., & Cavanaugh, K. (2013, April). Phosphate binder self-
    management in dialysis patients: A qualitative study
    . Poster presented at the National Kidney
    Foundation Clinical Meetings, Orlando, FL.

  4. Umeukeje, E., Carlsson, J., Preroff, B., Merighi, J., Browne, T., Wallston, K., Ikizler, T. A., & Cavanaugh,K. (2013, April). Attitudes affect phosphate control in ESRD. Poster presented at the NationalKidney Foundation Clinical Meetings, Orlando, FL.

  5. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2013, January). Changes in dialysis social workers’ caseloads, job tasks, and hourly wages since the implementation of the new Medicare regulations for end stage renal disease facilities. Poster to be presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society of Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.

  6. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2012, August). Innovations in medication self-management for patients
    with kidney disease
    . Paper presented at the American Association for Kidney Patients Annual
    Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

  7. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2012, July). Regional variation in U.S. dialysis social workers' perceived
    workload demands and patient caseloads
    . Poster presented at the 2012 Joint World Conference
    on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact, Stockholm, Sweden.

  8. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2012, January). Caseload and hourly wage disparities among U.S. dialysis
    social workers
    . Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work
    and Research, Washington, DC.

  9. Merighi, J. R., & Muroff, J. (2012, January). Needle fears in dialysis treatment: Implications for social
    work practice.
    Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work
    and Research, Washington, DC.

  10. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2011, November). Workload demand and caseload disparities of dialysis
    social workers in the United States
    . Poster presented at the Annual Meeting & Scientific
    Exposition of the American Society of Nephrology, Kidney Week 2011, Philadelphia, PA.

  11. Merighi, J. R., & Vanderstar, E. (2011, October). Enhancing dialysis patient self-management through
    interdisciplinary team support.
    Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Quality Insights Renal
    Network 3, Edison, NJ.

  12. Merighi, J. R. (2011, April). Findings from the national 2010 nephrology social work caseload and
    salary survey: Implications for practice and advocacy
    . Paper presented at the National Kidney
    Foundation Clinical Meetings, Las Vegas, NV.

  13. Browne, T., & Merighi, J. R. (2010, April). Helping adult hemodialysis patients self-manage oral
    medications: Recommendations from the literature.
    Poster presented at the National Kidney
    Foundation Clinical Meetings, Orlando, FL.

  14. Merighi, J. R., & Browne, T. (2010, January). Emotional labor, job demands, and emotional exhaustion of
    kidney transplant social workers
    . Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Society
    for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

  15. Merighi, J. R. (2009, April). Poverty and kidney disease: Implications for medical and public health social
    work
    . Plenary speaker at the Anti-Poverty Social Work Practice: Contributions from East Asia
    International Symposium, Hong Kong (SAR), China.

  16. Merighi, J. R., & Wong-Kim, E. (2008, July). Managing diverse cultural beliefs and practices in medical
    social work settings
    . Paper presented at the International Association of Schools of Social Work
    34th Global Social Work Congress, Durban, South Africa.