Joyce Meza-Venegas, MD

Joyce Meza Venegas

Medical School
Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil




Interests and Career Goals

Forensic psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, psychedelic-assisted therapy

Favorite Pastimes

Exploring nature, yoga and meditation, coin collecting, traveling to new places, hanging out with family and friends

Strengths of the Program

Diversity in residents, academic opportunities, strong mentorship, state-of-the-art health center, and promotion of resident wellness

Areas of Prior Research

Positive psychology, psychosis, neurophobia


  • Wong-Ayoub, J., San Andres-Suarez, I., Santana, D., Meza-Venegas, J., Urquizo-Rodriguez, E., Arevalo-Mora, M., Avellan, C., Moreno-Zambrano, D. (2022). Psychiatrists available in the Ecuadorian Public Health System and Psychiatry Residency Programs in Ecuador – A Cross-sectional Analysis. Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología (REN), Vol. 31, No 2. 

  • Meza-Venegas, J., Kidambi, N., Rodrigues, A., Sperry, S., Megna, J., Leontieva, L. (2022). Diagnostic Dilemma and Management Difficulties in a Young Patient With Psychosis and Benign Chorea: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Cureus 14(8):e28177. 

  • Kidambi, N., Meza-Venegas, J., Leontieva, L. (2022). Frontotemporal Dementia: Dilemma in Discrimination From Similarly Presenting Neurological and Psychiatric Conditions. Cureus 14(8):e28166. 

  • Moreno-Zambrano, D., Sandrone, S., Meza-Venegas, J., Jimenez, J., Freire-Bonifacini, A., Santibanez-Vasquez, R., Garcia-Santibanez, R. (2021). Exploring the key factors behind neurophobia: A systematic review of the English, Spanish and Portuguese literature. Brain Disorders, 2, 100011. 

  • Ruiz-Hernandez, H., Meza-Venegas J., Snyder, S. K. (2021). The key to simplified management of an undescended parathyroid adenoma. Cirugía y cirujanos, 89(S1), 37-42. 

  • Meza-Venegas, J., Valverde-Regalado, C., Velez-Galarraga, M., Jarrin-Sanchez, S. (2019). Adherence to Antiepileptic Treatment in Pediatric Patients at Roberto Gilbert Elizalde Hospital During 2014. Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología (REN), 28(1), p.21-25. 

  • Moreno, D., Meza, J. and Santibanez, R. (2016). Bilateral Thalamic Infarct. Revista Ecuatoriana de Neurología (REN), 25(1-3), p.80.

Poster Presentations

  • Meza-Venegas., J., Ghanime, P., Celano, C., Jacobson, L., Millstein, R., Massey, C., Feig, E., Chung, W., Huffman, J. (2023, Mar 01). A Randomized Pilot Trial of a Multicomponent Interactive Text Message Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in Midlife Adults: MASTERY Methods. 2023 Harvard Psychiatry Research Poster Session/Boston, MA, USA. 

  • Ghanime, P., Meza-Venegas., J., Celano, C., Jacobson, L., Feig, E., Madva, E., Huffman, J. (2023, Mar 01). Development and Testing of an Adaptive Text Message Intervention to Promote Psychological Well-Being and Reduce Cardiac Risk: the Text4Health Controlled Clinical Pilot Trial. 2023 Harvard Psychiatry Research Poster Session/Boston, MA, USA. 

  • Meza-Venegas., J., Celano, C., Huffman, J. (2022, Oct 13). An adaptive text message intervention to promote health behavior adherence in patients with cardiac risk conditions: The Text4Health Program. 2022 MGH Clinical Research Day/Boston, MA, USA. 

  • Moreno-Zambrano, D., Meza, J., Freire-Bonifacini, A., Santana, D., García-Santibáñez, C., Santibáñez-Vasquez, R.. (2019, May 05). Neurophobia, a Worldwide Concern for Neurology Training: A Systematic Review. 2019 Science Program by American Academy of Neurology/Philadelphia, PA, USA.