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.