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Mellissa Withers, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
SSB 318G 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 865 0495


Dr. Mellissa Withers is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Institute for Global Health. She leads the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a network of 45 universities in the region.

She received 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, maternal and child health, women’s empowerment, violence and global reproductive health.

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



Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices in California After Passage of the Affordable Care Act. Violence Against Women. 2016 Jun 15. View in: PubMed

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 Apr; 18(4):453-69. View in: PubMed

The APRU Global Health Program: Past and Future. J Epidemiol. 2016; 26(4):166-70. View in: PubMed

Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities. Global Health. 2016; 12(1):34. View in: PubMed

'Women now wear trousers': men's perceptions of family planning in the context of changing gender relations in western Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2015 Jun 2; 1-15. View in: PubMed

Men's Perspectives on Their Role in Family Planning in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Stud Fam Plann. 2015 Jun; 46(2):201-15. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Perceptions of misoprostol among providers and women seeking post-abortion care in Zimbabwe. Reprod Health Matters. 2015 Feb; 22(44 Suppl 1):16-25. View in: PubMed

Women's empowerment and fertility: a review of the literature. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Aug; 115:111-20. View in: PubMed

Gender, masculinity and migration: Mexican men and reproductive health in the Californian context. Cult Health Sex. 2014; 16(8):989-1002. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Promoting volunteerism in global health: lessons from a medical mission in northern Mexico. J Community Health. 2013 Apr; 38(2):374-84. View in: PubMed

Fertility intentions among HIV-infected, sero-concordant couples in Nyanza province, Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2013; 15(10):1175-90. View in: PubMed

The changing contexts of fertility outcomes: case studies from a remote village in Bali, Indonesia. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(3):347-60. View in: PubMed

Age matters: differential impact of service quality on contraceptive uptake among post-abortion clients in Kenya. Cult Health Sex. 2012; 14(8):849-62. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

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. View in: PubMed

Predictors of workplace sexual health policy at sex work establishments in the Philippines. AIDS Care. 2007 Sep; 19(8):1020-5. View in: PubMed

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