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Anna M Adachi-Mejia, Ph.D.

Title(s):
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Department(s):
Pediatrics
The Dartmouth Institute

Education:
Ph.D., The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
M.S., The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
A.B., Dartmouth College

Programs:
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Contact Information:

One Medical Center Drive, HB 7925
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon NH 03756

Phone: 603-653-6124
Fax: 603-653-9090
Email: Anna.Adachi-Mejia@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Cindy Patch
Asst. Phone: 603-653-6036
Asst. Email: Cynthia.J.Patch@dartmouth.edu


Professional Interests:

Dr. Adachi-Mejia helps people of all ages to reach their maximum potential by conducting cancer prevention research on healthy eating, active living, healthy sleep, obesity prevention, tobacco prevention, and media. She examines the spheres of influence of individual, family, home, school, afterschool, child care, worksite, and community on behavior and health. Her work is designed to inform public health policy at the local, state, and national levels. She uses translational research, qualitative and quantitative methods, and community engagement to promote whole communities in rural, small town, urban, and underserved communities.


Specialties
Research, Teaching, Management

AREAS OF RESEARCH:
Supporting whole communities
Promoting physical activity, healthy eating, & healthy sleep habits
The role of youth extracurricular activities in cancer prevention
Afterschool & community interventions to promote rural health
Obesity & tobacco prevention
Environmental influences on health
Rural underserved populations
Early childhood
Middle school (tween years)
Survey research methods
Quality of life measurement
Actigraphy & accelerometry
Photovoice & photodocumentation


Selected Publications:

 

Bugos E, Frasso R, FitzGerald E, True G, Adachi-Mejia AM, Cannuscio C
Practical guidance and ethical considerations for studies using photo-elicitation interviews.
Prev Chronic Dis 2014 Oct 30; 11:E189
PMID: 25357257

Doescher MP, Lee C, Berke EM, Adachi-Mejia AM, Lee CK, Stewart O, Patterson DG, Hurvitz PM, Carlos HA, Duncan GE, Moudon AV
The built environment and utilitarian walking in small U.S. towns.
Prev Med 2014 Sep 6; 69C:80-86
PMID: 25199732

Adachi-Mejia AM, Edwards PM, Gilbert-Diamond D, Greenough GP, Olson AL
TXT me I'm only sleeping: adolescents with mobile phones in their bedroom.
Fam Community Health 2014 Oct-Dec; 37(4):252-7
PMID: 25167065

Adachi-Mejia AM, Gibson Chambers JJ, Li Z, Sargent JD
The relative roles of types of extracurricular activity on smoking and drinking initiation among tweens.
Acad Pediatr 2014 May-Jun; 14(3):271-8
PMID: 24767780

Gilbert-Diamond D, Li Z, Adachi-Mejia AM, McClure AC, Sargent JD
Association of a television in the bedroom with increased adiposity gain in a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents.
JAMA Pediatr 2014 May; 168(5):427-34
PMID: 24589630

McClure AC, Tanski SE, Gilbert-Diamond D, Adachi-Mejia AM, Li Z, Li Z, Sargent JD
Receptivity to television fast-food restaurant marketing and obesity among U.S. youth.
Am J Prev Med 2013 Nov; 45(5):560-8
PMID: 24139768

Bernhardt AM, Wilking C, Adachi-Mejia AM, Bergamini E, Marijnissen J, Sargent JD
How television fast food marketing aimed at children compares with adult advertisements.
PLoS One 2013; 8(8):e72479
PMID: 24015250

Rodriguez D, Carlos HA, Adachi-Mejia AM, Berke EM, Sargent J
Retail tobacco exposure: using geographic analysis to identify areas with excessively high retail density.
Nicotine Tob Res 2014 Feb; 16(2):155-65
PMID: 23999651

Adachi-Mejia AM, Longacre MR, Skatrud-Mickelson M, Li Z, Purvis LA, Titus LJ, Beach ML, Dalton MA
Variation in access to sugar-sweetened beverages in vending machines across rural, town and urban high schools.
Public Health 2013 May; 127(5):485-91
PMID: 23498924

Adachi-Mejia AM, Carlos HA, Berke EM, Tanski SE, Sargent JD
A comparison of individual versus community influences on youth smoking behaviours: a cross-sectional observational study.
BMJ Open 2012; 2(5)
PMID: 22942229