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Anna M Adachi-Mejia, PhD

Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD)
Program Member, Cancer Control Research Program, Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Faculty Fellow, Center for Program Design and Evaluation at Dartmouth

Community and Family Medicine
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.M.Adachi-Mejia@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Stephanie Kelly
Asst. Phone: 603-653-3468
Asst. Email: Stephanie.M.Kelly@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Prevention Research: Building Healthier Communities Together

Dr. Adachi-Mejia directs Dartmouth's Prevention Research Center, the Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD). The HPRCD is one of only 26 academic research institutions nationwide designated a Prevention Research Center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC and Prevention Research Center network work together to test and apply approaches that can improve the nation's health.

Dr. Adachi-Mejia's research focuses on how community and the built environment contribute to health behaviors in rural areas. She designs novel applications of human subjects research to engage the perspectives of community members on barriers to healthy living across the lifespan. The long-term goal of her research is to inform interventions to promote healthy living in healthy environments.

Behaviors measured: Smoking, Activity (sleep, sedentary, physical, media/screen time), Eating

Study sites: Individual, family, home, school, afterschool, child care, worksite, community

Research Methods: Mixed Methods (qualitative and quantitative), Surveys, Focus Groups, Telephone Interviews, Photo-Elicitation, Photovoice

Age ranges: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School (tween years), Adolescence, Older Adults

Populations: Rural Health, Underserved Populations

Courses Taught:

Survey Research Methods

Mentoring Information:

NH-INBRE mentor

Selected Publications:


Do No Harm: Moving Beyond Weight Loss to Emphasize Physical Activity at Every Size.
Dollar E, Berman M, Adachi-Mejia AM
Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Apr 20;14:E34. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.170006. Epub 2017 Apr 20.
PMID: 28427483

Engaging Parents to Promote Children's Nutrition and Health.
Dev DA, Byrd-Williams C, Ramsay S, McBride B, Srivastava D, Murriel A, Arcan C, Adachi-Mejia AM
Am J Health Promot. 2017 Mar;31(2):153-162. doi: 10.1177/0890117116685426. Epub 2017 Jan 11.
PMID: 28423928

Geographic variation in the relationship between body mass index and the built environment.
Adachi-Mejia AM, Lee C, Lee C, Carlos HA, Saelens BE, Berke EM, Doescher MP
Prev Med. 2017 Mar 23;100:33-40. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.03.018. Epub 2017 Mar 23.
PMID: 28344118

Mobile Phone Apps for Smoking Cessation: Quality and Usability Among Smokers With Psychosis.
Ferron JC, Brunette MF, Geiger P, Marsch LA, Adachi-Mejia AM, Bartels SJ
JMIR Hum Factors. 2017 Mar 3;4(1):e7. doi: 10.2196/humanfactors.5933. Epub 2017 Mar 3.
PMID: 28258047

A Tobacco Cessation Intervention with Rural, Medically Underserved, Blue-collar Employees: A Quasiexperimental Study.
Stewart T, Formica MK, Adachi-Mejia AM, Wang D, Gerrard M
Saf Health Work. 2016 Dec;7(4):293-298. Epub 2016 Mar 31.
PMID: 27924231

Weight Loss Interventions in Older Adults with Obesity: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials Since 2005.
Batsis JA, Gill LE, Masutani RK, Adachi-Mejia AM, Blunt HB, Bagley PJ, Lopez-Jimenez F, Bartels SJ
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Feb;65(2):257-268. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14514. Epub 2016 Sep 19.
PMID: 27641543

A mixed-methods approach to assessing barriers to physical activity among women with class I, class II, and class III obesity.
Adachi-Mejia AM, Schifferdecker KE
Public Health. 2016 Oct;139:212-215. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.04.013. Epub 2016 May 28.
PMID: 27245784

Utilitarian and Recreational Walking Among Spanish- and English-Speaking Latino Adults in Micropolitan US Towns.
Doescher MP, Lee C, Saelens BE, Lee C, Berke EM, Adachi-Mejia AM, Patterson DG, Moudon AV
J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Apr;19(2):237-245. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0383-5.
PMID: 26993115

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. 2016 Jan;17(1):70-9. doi: 10.1177/1524839915601371. 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