Bachelors of Arts, Psychology (magna cum laude); Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland
Masters of Science, Clinical Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology Emphasis), Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Internship: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Psychology Training Program (
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow; Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology; University of Michigan Health System
I conduct research to enhance health and participation, and reduce health care disparities and costs, among individuals with disabilities through (1) identification of modifiable factors, including those associated with health and health care disparities; (2) development and validation of culturally relevant interventions; and (3) implementation of (tailored) dissemination and knowledge translation strategies. For me, as a clinical rehabilitation psychologist as well as a researcher, research provides an opportunity to examine and address the issues and concerns that I see among my patients.
My currently funded projects include two RCTs to test the effectiveness of a self-management program (Health Mechanics) that I developed for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), with one assessing the feasibility of a face-to-face intervention for adults with chronic SCI and the other examine the effectiveness of a telehealth version for adults with new SCI. I also have development grant in collaboration with the UM 3D lab to develop an electronic gaming application to promote health management skills among adolescent and young adult males with SCI and a DoD-funded qualitative study to examine the cognitions, decisions, and behaviors associated with successful adjustment and happiness among adults with SCI.
I would be interested in collaborating on projects associated with self-management of disability and chronic disease. These may involve the assessment of self-management skills, the training of health care providers to facilitate the development of self-management skills, or alternative methods of enhancing health behaviors and self management.
Meade MA. (2011) Influence of Provider Behaviors on the Health of Individuals with SCI: Review and Recommendations. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 17(2): 70-80.
Meade MA, Carr, L, Ellenbogen P, Barrett KA (2011). Perceptions of Provider Education and Attitudes by Individuals with SCI: Implications for Health Disparities. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 17(2): 25-37.
Forchheimer M, Meade MA (2011). Women with Violently Acquired Spinal Cord Injury: Disparities in Health and Psychosocial Outcomes. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 17(2): 10-16.
Meade MA, Forchheimer M, Krause JS, Charlifue S (2011). Impact of secondary conditions on job acquisition and retention in adults with SCI. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 92(3):425-432.
Charlifue SB, Apple D, Burns S, Chen D, Cuthbert JP, Donovan WH, Lammertse DP, Meade MA, Pretz C. Mechanical ventilation, health and quality of life following spinal cord injury (2011). Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 92(3):457-463.