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Dr. Melissa Cannon

Dr. Melissa Cannon

Assistant Professor, Gerontology Department

503-838-8512 | cannonm@wou.edu | Todd Hall, Room 333

At Western Oregon Since: 2016

Education

 

Doctorate (Ph.D.), Urban Studies. Field Areas: Community Development and Gerontology. Portland State University, Portland, OR. Dissertation Title: Challenges, Experiences, and Future Directions of Senior Centers Serving the Portland Metropolitan Area. Fall 2009 – Spring 2015.

Graduate Certificate, Gerontology. Portland State University. Fall 2009 – Winter 2013.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Community Development. Concentration: Housing and Economic Development. Portland State University. Fall 2007 – Winter 2009.

Associate of Arts (A.A.). Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO. Fall 2004 – Spring 2006.

 

 

Teaching Focus Areas

 

Instructor. PHE 250 (sections 001, 002, 003) – Our Community, Our Health; Portland State University. Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.

Instructor. HMS 482 – Relationships with Others; Marylhurst University. Spring 2016.

Instructor. UNST 220 – Understanding Communities (online); Portland State University. Winter 2016.

Instructor. UNST 220 – Understanding Communities; Portland State University. Summer 2015.

Co-Instructor. USP 410/TBD – The Wire: Institutions, Identity, and Inequality in the City; Portland State University. Summer 2015.

Teaching Assistant. PHE 445/545 – Men’s Health; Professor Martin Lipsky, Portland State University. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

Teaching Assistant. PHE 456/556 – Health Aspects of Aging; Professor Martin Lipsky, Portland State University. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

Teaching Assistant. PHE 558/658 – Perspectives on Aging; Professor Margaret B. Neal, Portland State University. Fall 2011 – Fall 2012.

Teaching Assistant. GERO 510 (online course) – Aging Individual in Society and Community; Professor Sharon Baggett. University of Indianapolis. Spring 2012.

Teaching Assistant. USP 532 – Data Collection; Professor Margaret B. Neal, Portland State University. Spring 2012.

Volunteer Instructor. English as a Second Language; Orbis Institute, World Camp China 2007 program in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Summer 2007.

Tutor. Introduction to Humanities, Student Services, Front Range Community College. Fall 2005 – Spring 2006.

 

 

Academic Service

 

Coordinator. Gerontology Association of Portland State University (GAPSU). Key activities:  Planning and implementing events such as Careers in Aging Week at PSU, moderating student group members list. Fall 2009 – Present

Student Mentor. Portland State University Urban Studies and Planning. Served as mentor to incoming doctoral students in Urban Studies. Fall 2011 – Spring 2013.

Student Representative. Portland State University Urban Studies and Planning. Served as Doctoral Student Representative on the Urban Studies Admissions Committee, Urban Studies Archivist. Fall 2010 – Spring 2013.

Panel Moderator. The Annual Undergraduate and Ronald E. McNair Research Conference at Portland State University. Spring 2009 and 2010.

 

 

Research Focus Areas

 

Aging and community health; home and community based services; health disparities; policies that create healthy, inclusive cities and communities for people across the life course; programs that support healthy aging and improve quality of care among older adults.

 

 

Professional Experience

 

Assistant Professor. Western Oregon University, Department of Gerontology. Fall 2016.

Instructor. Marylhurst University, Department of Human Sciences. Spring 2016.

Instructor. Portland State University, School of Community Health. Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.

Instructor. Portland State University, University Studies. Summer 2015, Winter 2016.

Project Coordinator. Portland State University, Institute on Aging. Oral Health America Wisdom Tooth Project: “Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth.” Fall 2015.

Surveyor. MIG, Inc., Portland, OR. Tualitin Hills Parks and Recreation District Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. Summer 2015.

Instructor. Portland State University, Urban Studies and Planning. Summer 2015.
Office Coordinator. Marten Law, Portland, OR. June 2013 – June 2015.

Teaching Assistant. Portland State University, School of Community Health. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

Interviewer. Portland State University, School of Community Health. Multnomah County Adult Care Home Program Resident Satisfaction Survey 2013. Summer 2013.

Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant. Portland State University, Institute on Aging. Fall 2009 – Spring 2013.

 

Travel Abroad

 

Participant. Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua. Professors Margaret B. Neal and Keren Brown Wilson. Completed health fairs, health education trainings, and an environmental improvement program. Spring/Summer 2010.

Volunteer. English as a Second Language Teacher, Orbis Institute, World Camp China 2007 program in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Summer 2007.

Volunteer. Cross Cultural Solutions, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Spring 2005.

 

Community Involvement

 

Secretary, Board Member, Land Use Committee Member. Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association, Portland, OR. Spring 2012 – Fall 2015.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee Member. NE/SE 20s Bikeway Project, Portland, OR. Fall 2013 – Spring 2014.

Volunteer. Annual Portland International Film Festival, Portland, OR. 2010 – 2013.

Volunteer. Meals on Wheels, Portland, OR. 2009 – 2013.

Volunteer. “Voices of Our Elders.” Well Arts Institute, Portland, OR. 2010 – 2011.

Volunteer Coordinator. Grand Works Northwest Art Festival, Portland, OR. 2010.

Volunteer Coordinator. Portland State University’s Annual Roots Festival, Portland, OR. 2008.

Volunteer. SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange) Colorado, Loveland, CO. 2004 – 2006.

Volunteer. Loveland Cares and Loveland Homeless Task Force, Loveland, CO. 2004 – 2006.

 

 

Professional Memberships

 

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Spring 2016 – Present. Member: Publications & Resources, Environmental Design Committee

Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Fall 2010 – Present. Member: Research, Education, and Practice Committee; Publications Committee AGHE Representative

Oregon Gerontological Association. Winter 2013 – Present. Board Member. Chair:  Membership Committee

Sullivan’s Gulch Neighborhood Association, Portland, OR. Spring 2012 – Fall 2015. Secretary, Board Member, Land Use Committee Member.

Phi Theta Kappa, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO. Fall 2004 – Spring 2005.

 

 

Awards and Honors

 

Terrie Fox Wetle Scholarship.

International Making Cities Livable Scholarship.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Gerontological Society of America Careers in Aging Week Grant.

Retirement Association of Portland State Scholarship.

Kawase Scholarship for International Education.

Institutional Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.

College of Urban and Public Affairs President’s List.

College of Urban and Public Affairs Dean’s List.

President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Congressional Volunteer Service Award.

Outstanding College Student of the Year Award, Front Range Community College.

 

 

Professional Development

 

Participant. Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) Course Development Workshops, Portland State University, University Studies. Winter 2016.

Participant. “All Together Now: Facilitating Participatory Learning in the Classroom” facilitation training series. Portland State University. Winter 2016.

 

 

Recent Publications/Presentations

 

Neal, M. B., Cannon, M.,  DeLaTorre, A.K., Bolkan, C., Wernher, I., Nolan, E., Norori, M.L.,  Largaespada-Fredersdorff, C., Brown Wilson, K. A study of Nicaraguan older adults living on the edge: Research from an international university-community partnership. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education. (Forthcoming)

Cannon, M. (2015). What is aging? Disease a Month, 61(11), 454-459.

Hasworth, S., Cannon, M. (2015). Social theories of aging for health practitioners. Disease a Month, 61(11), 475-479.

Lipsky, M., Cannon, M, & Lutfiyya, M.N. (2014). Gender and health disparities: The case of male gender. Disease a Month, 60(4), 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(4), 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.

Cannon, M. (2010). “Leather” (Chapter 14) in Heying, C., Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy. Portland, OR: Ooligan Press.

Cannon, M. (2009). Portland’s artisan economy: The arts and crafts sector. PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal, 3(1), article 15.

 

 

Student Presentations

 

Cannon, M., DeLaTorre, A.K., & Neal, M. B. (2015, November). The Roles of Senior Centers in Age-Friendly Communities: From Congregate Meals to Speed Dating. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FA.

Cannon, M. (2015, September). Community Leadership through Successful Partnerships. Session presentation at SEEK 2015: Engaging Communities to Age Well Conference, Columbus, IN.

Cannon, M. (2015, September). The Roles of Senior Centers in Age-Friendly Communities. Session presentation at SEEK 2015: Engaging Communities to Age Well Conference, Columbus, IN.

Cannon, M. (2015, September). A Place to Belong. Session presentation at SEEK 2015: Engaging Communities to Age Well Conference, Columbus, IN.

Cannon, M. (2015, June). How is Aging Part of Portland’s Equity Landscape? Pecha Kucha presentation at Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Cannon, M. (2015, May). Challenges, Experiences, and Future Directions for Senior Centers Serving the Portland Metropolitan Area. Finalist presentation for 3 Minute Thesis Competition at Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Cannon, M. (2015, April). Aging in Place: Meeting Needs Across the Health and Income Spectrum. Invited lecture for HD 403 – Families in Poverty, Professor Yoshie Sano, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

Cannon, M. (2014, November). Future Directions for Diverse Senior Centers Serving a Metropolitan Area. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Cannon, M. (2013, November). Challenges and Opportunities for Senior Centers: Serving a Growing and Increasingly Diverse Population in the Portland Metropolitan Area. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Boggis, T., Neal, M.B., Brown Wilson, K., DeLaTorre, A.K., Cannon, M. (2013, November). Student Experiences in Two University Service-Learning Programs in Nicaragua. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Cannon, M. (2013, June). The Suburban Shopping Mall: Can it Contribute to the Health and Well-Being of an Aging Population? Session presentation at 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference Paper, Portland, OR.

Cannon, M., DeLaTorre, A.K. (2012, November). Enhancing Social Equity by Creating a Campus that is Friendly for People of All Ages and Abilities. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Weinstein, J., Carder, P., Neal, M.B., DeLaTorre, A.K., Cannon, M., Brown Wilson, K., DeShane, M. (2012, November). Rethinking Aging: An Innovative Community-Engaged Approach to Planning for an Aging Society. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Neal, M.B., DeLaTorre, A.K., Cannon, M. (2012, November). Assessing the Health Needs of Community-Residing Elders in Nicaragua. Symposium presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Cannon, M. (2011, April). Concepts in Community Development. Invited lecture for PHE 510 – Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua, Professor Margaret B. Neal, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Cannon, M., Nolan, B., Neal, M.B., Brown Wilson, K., Lopez Norori, M., DeLaTorre, A.K. (2010, November).  Global Aging and Health: Needs Assessment of Community-Residing Older Adults in Boaco, Nicaragua. Poster session presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Cannon, M. (2008, August). Portland’s Artisan Economy: The Arts and Crafts Sector. Presentation of research at the Ronald E. McNair Summer Symposium, Portland State University, Portland, OR.