Wellzesta Health Research Institute
Research in wellness and health outcomes
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About Us

The Wellzesta Health Research Institute (WHRI) is a private nonprofit organization devoted to research and education about health and preventative health. Our mission is to inspire senior adults to realize their full potential in life.

Community-engaged Research

The research interests of WHRI include establishing best practices in wellness for seniors, formulating strategies for behavioral modification, and correlating wellness with health outcomes.

Health Communication

WHRI will provide the latest news articles on wellness for senior adults (education), inspire implementation of best practices in wellness (outreach), and publish original research findings (publication).

Big Data Analytics

Research in Big Data at WHRI is made possible by the availability of low cost cloud computing, freely available data science tools, and the first national dataset on wellness in seniors, provided by the Wellzesta Personal Health Record (PHR) system.

Research & Publications

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Addressing depression: the silent killer among seniors

Health Communication

Successful aging produces gender-independent wellness profiles


The social network of a Life Plan Community



Milestones at the Wellzesta Health Research Institute.

  • 2017

    Our Beginning

    By pursuing original data-driven research in health & wellness, WHRI will occupy a new niche within the eldercare ecosystem.

  • 2017

    Social Network Analysis

    We performed a social network analysis of independent living residents at Aldersgate Methodist Retirement Community in Charlotte, NC.

  • 2019

    Successful aging produces gender-independent wellness profiles

    A cross-sectional observational study of 1093 residents in independent living, ages 65+, at four Life Plan Communities suggested that successful aging is learned.

  • 2019

    Wellness & Health Outcomes Study

    Multi-center study on how wellness affects health outcomes. We are currently enrolling communities.

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Our Team

John Robinson, MD, PhD

Scientific Director

David Pearson, MD, MA, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Gabriel Gorski, MA

Data Visualization

Levi Davis, MA

Research Fellow

Keith Coffey, MA

Research Fellow

Marcio Junior

Research Fellow

Brian Moore, PhD

Research Fellow

Evangeline Wilds


Contact Us

If you would like to know more about our current research, or if you have a new research project in mind, please drop us a note, below.

Office Hours

Dr. Robinson holds office hours at TechWorks every Thursday from 3pm - 5pm.

If you have questions, seek advice, or would like to learn about internship opportunities, please schedule a meeting.

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