Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies
Oregon State University
Dr. Mejía's research is in the area of health, aging, and technology, where she examines the psychological and interpersonal processes by which older adults adapt to, change, and act to support their health and well-being over momentary and extended timeframes. Situated within life course and lifespan perspectives on adult development and aging, Dr. Mejía's research is motivated by the idea that to truly support health and independence, health technologies must be sensitive to the context and complexity of life as it is lived. Therefore, her overarching goal is to develop and distribute a theoretical and methodological toolset to assure that health technologies are developed and implemented with sensitivity to older adults’ psychological, social, and biophysiological needs, goals, and abilities.