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Melissa Cannon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University
Melissa Cannon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University

Dissertation research: 

Examined the factors that influence challenges and successes for senior centers in an urban area as senior centers throughout the U.S. are re-positioning to continue their long history of providing services, activities, recreation, socialization for community dwelling older adults.

Projects: 
Melissa  is an Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University.  Melissa has previously worked as an adjunct professor for PSU through spring 2016 when she accepted a position at Western Oregon U.
She had worked on a number of projects, such as the Multnomah County Adult Care Home Program Resident Satisfaction Survey, a social equity project focused on accessibility of the university campus, and an NIH grant proposal for a research training award to help strengthen Nicaragua’s research capacity in chronic, non-communicable disease across the lifespan.

Selected Publications: 
Cannon, M. What is aging? Disease a Month. (Forthcoming, Winter 2015)

Hasworth, S., Cannon, M. Social theories of aging for health practitioners. Disease a Month. (Forthcoming, Winter 2015)

Neal, M. B., DeLaTorre, A.K., Nolan, B., & Cannon, M. A study of Nicaraguan older adults living on the edge: Research from an international university-community partnership. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. (Forthcoming)

Lipsky, M., Cannon, M, & Lutfiyya, M.N. (2014). Gender and health disparities: The case of male gender. Disease a Month, 60, 138-144.

Lutfiyya, M.N., Cannon, M, & Lipsky, M. (2014). An argument for male gender as a root cause or fundamental social determinant of health. Disease a Month, 60, 145-149.

Neal, M. B., Hammer, L. B., Pines, M. A., Bodner, T. E., & Cannon, M. L. (2013). Working caregivers in the “Sandwiched Generation.” In R. Burke, J. Field, & C. Cooper (Eds). Handbook on Aging, Work & Society. Newbury Park: Sage Publications.


Student Research
Dissertation: "Challenges, Experiences, and Future Directions of Senior Centers Serving the Portland Metropolitan Area (Melissa L. Cannon, Ph.D.)"