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Susan L. Meacham, PhD, RD

Susan L. Meacham

Susan L. Meacham, PhD, RD

Professor for Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Virginia Campus

Innovation 115

smeacham [at]

Current Research Projects

  • Effect of boron on UV-induced skin cancer
  • Health status of populations in coal mining communities in the Appalachian region of Virginia and West Virginia
  • Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity in coal production communities in economically distressed areas of Virginia and West Virginia in central Appalachia


Year Published Faculty Citation PMID

Meacham S. Environmental Factors Affecting Chronic Health in Coal Dependent and Comparison Communities. In ARIES Research Summary, Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science, Ch 4.5, Health, Social and Economic Impacts Appalachia. Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, Virginia Tech, Ed. E Jong, G Boardman, M Karmis. 2019.


Lessar ST, Vanderveldt E, Shan L, Meacham S. Clinical ladders are positively associated with job satisfaction and career advancement for registered dietitians in clinical nutrition management. Journal of Hospital Administration. 2019;8(2):45-53.


Shi R, Meacham S, Davis GC, You W, Sun Y, Goessl C. Factors influencing high respiratory mortality in coal-mining counties: a repeated cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2019 Nov 8;19(1):1484. PMID: 31703658.


Palmieri JR, Kushwaha-Wagner A, Bekele A-M, Chang J, Nguyen A, Hoskins NN, Menon R, Mohamed M, Meacham SL. Missed Diagnosis and the Development of Acute and Late Lyme Disease in Dark Skinned Populations of Appalachia. Biomed J Sci & Tech Res. 2019 Sep 11;21(2). BJSTR. MS.ID.003583.


Palmieri JR, Meacham SL, Brunette J, Miluski T, Dhanju S, Stein S. Effects heavy metal and organic contaminants during pregnancy and lactation on child health. J Clinical Case Reports and Trials. 2019 Oct 25;2(2):26-34.


Van Horn L, Lenders CM, Pratt CA, Beech B, Carney PA, Dietz W, DiMaria-Ghalili R, Harlan T, Hash R, Kohlmeier M, Kolasa K, Krebs NF, Kushner RF, Lieh-Lai M, Lindsley J, Meacham S, Nicastro H, Nowson C, Palmer C, Paniagua M, Philips E, Ray S, Rose S, Salive M, Schofield M, Thompson K, Trilk JL, Twillman G, White JD, Zappalà G, Vargas A, Lynch C. Advancing Nutrition Education, Training, and Research for Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Attending Physicians, and Other Clinicians: Building Competencies and Interdisciplinary Coordination. Adv Nutr. 2019 Nov 1;10(6):1181-1200. PMID: 31728505.


Palmieri JR, Meacham SL, Warehime J, Stokes SA, Ogle J, Leto D, Bax M, Dauer AM, Lozovski JM.Relationships between the weaning period and the introduction of complementary foods in the transmission of gastrointestinal parasitic infections in children in Honduras. Res Rep Trop Med. 2018 Jul 26;9:113-122.


Kennedy K, Meacham SL, Sukpraprut S, Kwakye SS, Atkinson KK, Bailey BN, Chavis DN, Thompson BE.  Cancer mortality trends in medically unserved counties in Virginia. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 2016 Jun 1;116(6):370-5.


Palmieri JR, Warehime J, Childers KAG, Meacham S. Relationships between weaning food preparation and the transmission of parasitic infections among children in Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic [editorial]. Austin J Microbiology. 2015;1(1):1003.


Wooley SM, Meacham SL, Balmert LC, Talbott EO, Buchanich JM. Comparison of mortality disparities in Central Appalachian coal- and non-coal-mining counties. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2015 Jun;57(6):687–94.


Meacham S, Sukpraprut S, Taber T, Metzger D. Evaluation of research addressing chronic health in coal-dependent communities in central Appalachia. In: Environmental Considerations in Energy Production. Craynon J (Ed.). Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Englewood, CO. 2013; pp 172-88.


Meacham S, Sukpraprut S, Taber T, Metzger D. Evaluation of research addressing chronic health in coal-dependent communities in central Appalachia. In: Environmental Considerations in Energy Production. J Craynon, ed. Englewood, CO: Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; SME; 2013 p.172-88.


Meacham SL, Sukpraprut S, Taber T, Metzger D. Publications on chronic diseases in coal dependent communities in central Appalachia. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2012 Fall;5(3):62-79.


Nielsen FH, Meacham SL. Growing evidence for human health benefits of boron. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine. 2011 Oct; 16(3):169-80. doi: 10.1177/2156587211407638.