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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 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 tobacco and obesity prevention. She seeks to help people of all ages to reach their maximum potential by conducting research on barriers and facilitators to physical activity, healthy eating, and sleep, as well as media influences on smoking behaviors. She has examined the spheres of influence of individual, family, home, school, afterschool, child care, worksite, and community on behavior and health.

Specialties: Research, Teaching, Management

Research Methods: Mixed Methods (qualitative and quantitative), Accelerometry, Actigraphy, 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

Topic areas: Community-Clinical Linkages, Community Engagement, Whole Communities, Cancer Prevention, Environmental Influences on Health, Tobacco Prevention, Obesity Prevention, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Healthy Sleep Habits, Media/Screen Time, Extracurricular Activities

Mentoring Information:

NH-INBRE mentor

Selected Publications:


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. 2016 Mar 18; Epub 2016 Mar 18.
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

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