Dr. Merritt has currently completed her Ph.D. and teaches many of the special education and early childhood courses at Gannon. She is the advisor to Gannon's student group GUSEC and an active board member of The ARC of Erie County. Her and the student's of GUSEC frequently participate in activities in the community that provide opportunities for those with disabilities.
Dr. Merritt's most current research examines if use of alternative seating may provide students with an opportunity to move just enough therefore assisting children in learning more effectively. Her most recent study examined the relationship between an alternative seating device and children’s scores on the Get it, Got it, Go Assessment (Ohio Department of Education, 2008). She hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in the intervention groups’ Get it, Got it, Go Assessment scores compared to the non-intervention groups scores at the end of six weeks. Her research may potentially add to the current literature on sensory integration and learning.