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.
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND FAMILY PLANNING: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. J Biosoc Sci. 2017 Jan 10; 1-31. View in: PubMed
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