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Mellissa Withers, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentPreventive Medicine
AddressSSB 318G 2001 N. Soto Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    Dr. Mellissa Withers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and is based at the USC Institute for Global Health. She is Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 50 universities in the region.

    She earned a PhD in community health sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley.

    Her primary research interests lie in community participatory research, immigrant health, mental health, maternal health, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, and global sexual and reproductive health.

    She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in global health, leadership, ethics, community organizing, and qualitative research methodology.


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    1. Trop J, Gendenjamts B, Bat-Erdene U, Doripurev D, Ganbold S, Bayalag M, Withers M. Postpartum depression in Mongolia: A qualitative exploration of health care providers' perspectives. Midwifery. 2018 Jun 23; 65:18-25. PMID: 30029083.
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    2. Withers M, Li M, Manalo G, So S, Wipfli H, Khoo HE, Wu JT, Lin HH. Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. J Community Health. 2018 Jun; 43(3):467-476. PMID: 29129034.
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    3. Withers M, Kharazmi N, Lim E. Traditional beliefs and practices in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum: A review of the evidence from Asian countries. Midwifery. 2018 Jan; 56:158-170. PMID: 29132060.
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    4. Withers MH, Gonzalez LT, Karpouzas GA. Identification and Treatment Optimization of Comorbid Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatol Ther. 2017 Dec; 4(2):281-291. PMID: 28815445.
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    5. Prata N, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ, Upadhyay UD. WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND FAMILY PLANNING: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. J Biosoc Sci. 2017 Nov; 49(6):713-743. PMID: 28069078.
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    6. Withers M, Press D, Wipfli H, McCool J, Chan CC, Jimba M, Tremewan C, Samet J. Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities. Global Health. 2016 Jun 23; 12(1):34. PMID: 27334947; PMCID: PMC4918191.
    7. Tavrow P, Bloom BE, Withers MH. Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices in California After Passage of the Affordable Care Act. Violence Against Women. 2016 Jun 15. PMID: 27312117.
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    8. Samet J, Withers M. The APRU Global Health Program: Past and Future. J Epidemiol. 2016; 26(4):166-70. PMID: 27052883; PMCID: PMC4808682.
    9. Harrington EK, Dworkin S, Withers M, Onono M, Kwena Z, Newmann SJ. Gendered power dynamics and women's negotiation of family planning in a high HIV prevalence setting: a qualitative study of couples in western Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2016; 18(4):453-69. PMID: 26503879.
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    10. Withers M, Dworkin SL, Zakaras JM, Onono M, Oyier B, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Grossman D, Newmann SJ. 'Women now wear trousers': men's perceptions of family planning in the context of changing gender relations in western Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2015; 17(9):1132-46. PMID: 26032620.
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    11. Withers M, Dworkin SL, Onono M, Oyier B, Cohen CR, Bukusi EA, Newmann SJ. Men's Perspectives on Their Role in Family Planning in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Stud Fam Plann. 2015 Jun; 46(2):201-15. PMID: 26059990.
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    12. Withers M, Moran R, Nicassio P, Weisman MH, Karpouzas GA. Perspectives of vulnerable U.S Hispanics with rheumatoid arthritis on depression: awareness, barriers to disclosure, and treatment options. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Apr; 67(4):484-92. PMID: 25187020.
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    13. Maternowska MC, Mashu A, Moyo P, Withers M, Chipato T. Perceptions of misoprostol among providers and women seeking post-abortion care in Zimbabwe. Reprod Health Matters. 2015 Feb; 22(44 Suppl 1):16-25. PMID: 25702065.
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    14. Maternowska MC, Withers M, Brindis C. Gender, masculinity and migration: Mexican men and reproductive health in the Californian context. Cult Health Sex. 2014; 16(8):989-1002. PMID: 24939475.
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    15. Upadhyay UD, Gipson JD, Withers M, Lewis S, Ciaraldi EJ, Fraser A, Huchko MJ, Prata N. Women's empowerment and fertility: a review of the literature. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Aug; 115:111-20. PMID: 24955875; PMCID: PMC4096045.
    16. Withers M, Dworkin S, Harrington E, Kwena Z, Onono M, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Grossman D, Newmann SJ. Fertility intentions among HIV-infected, sero-concordant couples in Nyanza province, Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2013; 15(10):1175-90. PMID: 23885924; PMCID: PMC3835420.
    17. Withers M, Browner CH, Aghaloo T. Promoting volunteerism in global health: lessons from a medical mission in northern Mexico. J Community Health. 2013 Apr; 38(2):374-84. PMID: 23139029.
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    18. Tavrow P, Withers M, Obbuyi A, Omollo V, Wu E. Rape myth attitudes in rural Kenya: toward the development of a culturally relevant attitude scale and "blame index". J Interpers Violence. 2013 Jul; 28(10):2156-78. PMID: 23300194.
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    19. Tavrow P, Withers M, McMullen K. Age matters: differential impact of service quality on contraceptive uptake among post-abortion clients in Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(8):849-62. PMID: 22812449.
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    20. Withers M, Tavrow P, Abe D. Who meets their intentions to stop childbearing? Results of a longitudinal study in rural eastern Bali, Indonesia. Health Care Women Int. 2012; 33(9):814-32. PMID: 22891741.
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    21. Withers M, Browner CH. The changing contexts of fertility outcomes: case studies from a remote village in Bali, Indonesia. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(3):347-60. PMID: 22192079.
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    22. Withers MH, Tavrow P, Adinata NA. Do ambivalent women have an unmet need for family planning? A longitudinal study from Bali, Indonesia. Womens Health Issues. 2011 Nov-Dec; 21(6):444-9. PMID: 21723743.
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    23. Withers M, Kano M, Pinatih GN. Desire for more children, contraceptive use and unmet need for family planning in a remote area of Bali, Indonesia. J Biosoc Sci. 2010 Jul; 42(4):549-62. PMID: 20202273.
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    24. Withers M, Dornig K, Morisky DE. Predictors of workplace sexual health policy at sex work establishments in the Philippines. AIDS Care. 2007 Sep; 19(8):1020-5. PMID: 17851999; PMCID: PMC3096435.
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