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Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. (Sociology), Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A. (Sociology), Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S. (Biology), St. Mary’s College

Professional Experience

  • Intuit, Inc. (division sold to MRI Software, LLC in 2010), Highland Hills, OH.  --Product Manager, Experience Design Researcher
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.
    • School of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology
      Project Director and Senior Research Associate
      Project Director of a National Institutes of Health study:  Referral Patterns of Physicians for Growth Hormone for Children of Idiopathic Short Stature. 
    • Department of Sociology
      Co-Investigator & Senior Research Associate
      , Project Director of a National Institute on Aging study:  Buffers of the Disability Cascade Among the Old-Old Continuum.  Project Director of a National Cancer Institute funded study:  Health Care Partnerships in Cancer Prevention and Care of the Aged.

      IRB Protocol Manager
      for the Elderly Care Research Center. 
  • Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. Senior Research Scientist.
  • Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society (IDEAS, Inc.), Kirtland, Ohio.  Senior Research Associate. 
  • Case Western Reserve University, Department of Sociology, Cleveland, OH. Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Teaching Experience: 
    • Sociology of Marriage and the Family
    • Sociology of Gender
    • Medical Sociology
    • Gerontology
    • Instructional presentations for end-users of new software
    • Research & experience design training courses for software engineering team
    • On-line courses for Physicians:  HIV & Older Adults (5 modules developed with Senior Links, LLC.)
    • On-line courses for Caregivers:  HIV & Older Adults (3 modules developed with IDEAS, Inc.)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Cuttler, L., Marinova, D., Mercer, M.B., Connors, A., Meehan, R., and J.B. Silvers (2009).  Patient, physician, and consumer drivers:  referrals for short stature and access to specialty drugs.  Medical Care.  47 (8):  858-65. 
  • Meehan, R. (2006).  “Advances in Monitoring System Technology for Long Term Care.”  Interview with Nursing Homes Magazine.  September 2006 issue.  
  • Meehan, R. (2006).  “The Role of the Deacon’s Wife.”  In:  J. Keating, (Ed.). , The Deacon Reader.  New Jersey:  Paulist Press.  
  • Kahana, E., Kahana, B., King, C., Meehan, R., & L. Lovegreen.  (2005).  “The role of health communication in contributing to health disparities in cancer prevention and screening.”   In:  Tailoring Health Messages:  Bridging the Gap Between Social and Humanistic Perspectives on Health Communication.  S. Rubinelli & J. Haes (Eds.).  Universita della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland).  
  • Marsden, J., Meehan, R., Calkins, M. (2002).  Activity-based kitchens with dementia: Design strategies that support group activities.  Activities Directors’ Quarterly, 3(3).
  • Brush, J., Meehan, R., Calkins, M.  (2002).  Using the environment to improve intake for people with dementia.  Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 3(4).
  • Meehan, R. and J. Brush (2001).  An Overview of AIDS Dementia Complex.  American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.  16:225. 

Selected Presentations

  • Meehan R., Williams, B. and M. Ralston (2009). The Key to Adopting New Software:  Make it Easy to Use.  Presented to the development group at Intuit, Inc; Cleveland, OH.
  • Meehan, R., Bates, M., Bachu, D. and L. Johnson (2008).  Designing Software for a Global Audience.  Presented to the Experience Design team of Intuit, Inc.  (Webex seminar distributed to global Intuit team).  
  • Meehan, R. (2006).  New Technology in Long Term Care:  A Cost-Benefit Analysis.  Presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference.  November 2006, Dallas, TX.  
  • Meehan, R. (2005).  Costs and Benefits of New Technology:  Independent Case Studies of Two Assisted Living Facilities.  Presented at the American Alzheimer’s Association Conference, July 2005, Chicago, IL.  
  • Kahana E., Kahana, B., Tascar, D., Daub, A., King, C., Meehan R., & Lovegreen, L.  Vulnerability and resilience among old-old survivors of natural disasters.  Presented at 9th European Conference on Traumatic Stress, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2005.
  • Kahana, E., Kahana, B., Brown, J., King, Cathie, & Meehan, R.  Socioeconomic differences between physicians and patients: contributions to health care disparities.  Presented at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics Annual Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, July 2005.
  • Meehan, R. & R. Patterson (2004).  Promoting Health in Older Adults in Long Term Care:  Adaptation to Vision Impairment.  Presentation at the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC. 
  • Webster, N., Kahana, E., Kahana, B., Kercher, K., King, C., & Meehan, R.  (2004, November).  The physical, social and psychological effects of concerns about falling among community-dwelling elders.  Presented at the Gerontological Society of American Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • King, C., Meehan, R, & E. Kahana  (2004).  Expanding conceptualization of cultural competency in dealing with diverse populations of aged.  Presented at the Gerontological Society of American Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Meehan R.  (2003).  Staff  Perceptions of New Technology in Long Term Care.  International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence (ICADI, hosted by the American Society on Aging); Washington DC. 
  • Meehan R.  (2003).  Cost-Benefit Analysis of Assisted Living Facility-Based Motion Sensor Monitoring System for Persons with Dementia.  Presented at Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST);  Washington DC. 
Research Areas
  • Health Informatics
  • Medical Sociology
  • Gerontology
  • UXD- Experience Design Research
  • Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST)
  • North East Ohio Usability Professionals Association (NEOUPA)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Northern Ohio Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NOHIMSS)


Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Science
By appointment: Tuesdays 11:00am - 2:00pm Wednesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Phone: 330-672-2782