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Anna M Adachi-Mejia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

The Dartmouth Institute

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

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.

Research, Teaching, Management

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:


Translation of an Action Learning Collaborative Model Into a Community-Based Intervention to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating.
Schifferdecker KE, Adachi-Mejia AM, Butcher RL, O'Connor S, Li Z, Bazos DA
Health Promot Pract. 2015 Aug 27; pii: 1524839915601371. Epub 2015 Aug 27.
PMID: 26315034

Practical guidance and ethical considerations for studies using photo-elicitation interviews.
Bugos E, Frasso R, FitzGerald E, True G, Adachi-Mejia AM, Cannuscio C
Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Oct 30;11:E189. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.140216. Epub 2014 Oct 30.
PMID: 25357257

The built environment and utilitarian walking in small U.S. towns.
Doescher MP, Lee C, Berke EM, Adachi-Mejia AM, Lee CK, Stewart O, Patterson DG, Hurvitz PM, Carlos HA, Duncan GE, Moudon AV
Prev Med. 2014 Dec;69:80-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.08.027. Epub 2014 Sep 6.
PMID: 25199732

TXT me I'm only sleeping: adolescents with mobile phones in their bedroom.
Adachi-Mejia AM, Edwards PM, Gilbert-Diamond D, Greenough GP, Olson AL
Fam Community Health. 2014 Oct-Dec;37(4):252-7. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000044.
PMID: 25167065

The relative roles of types of extracurricular activity on smoking and drinking initiation among tweens.
Adachi-Mejia AM, Gibson Chambers JJ, Li Z, Sargent JD
Acad Pediatr. 2014 May-Jun;14(3):271-8. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2014.02.002.
PMID: 24767780

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

Receptivity to television fast-food restaurant marketing and obesity among U.S. youth.
McClure AC, Tanski SE, Gilbert-Diamond D, Adachi-Mejia AM, Li Z, Li Z, Sargent JD
Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov;45(5):560-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.06.011.
PMID: 24139768

How television fast food marketing aimed at children compares with adult advertisements.
Bernhardt AM, Wilking C, Adachi-Mejia AM, Bergamini E, Marijnissen J, Sargent JD
PLoS One. 2013;8(8):e72479. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072479. Epub 2013 Aug 28.
PMID: 24015250

Retail tobacco exposure: using geographic analysis to identify areas with excessively high retail density.
Rodriguez D, Carlos HA, Adachi-Mejia AM, Berke EM, Sargent J
Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Feb;16(2):155-65. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt126. Epub 2013 Sep 2.
PMID: 23999651

Variation in access to sugar-sweetened beverages in vending machines across rural, town and urban high schools.
Adachi-Mejia AM, Longacre MR, Skatrud-Mickelson M, Li Z, Purvis LA, Titus LJ, Beach ML, Dalton MA
Public Health. 2013 May;127(5):485-91. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2013.01.024. Epub 2013 Mar 15.
PMID: 23498924