Mellissa Withers

Mellissa Withers

Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
SSB 318G 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

Encouraging Asian Immigrant Women to Disclose Intimate Partner Violence in Primary Care Settings J Interpers Violence. 2020 Sep 24; 886260520959642. . View in PubMed

Tobacco use and E-cigarette regulation: Perspectives of University Students in the Asia-Pacific Addict Behav. 2020 08; 107:106420. . View in PubMed

The Manila Declaration on Migration and Health: commentary of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Program Global Health. 2020 01 22; 16(1):12. . View in PubMed

A mixed-methods study of cultural beliefs about dementia and genetic testing among Mexicans and Mexican-Americans at-risk for autosomal dominant Alzheimer's disease J Genet Couns. 2019 10; 28(5):921-932. . View in PubMed

The Manila Declaration on the Drug Problem in the Philippines Ann Glob Health. 2019 03 05; 85(1). . View in PubMed

Teledermatology: Meeting the Need for Specialized Care in Rural Haiti J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2019; 30(4):1394-1406. . View in PubMed

Establishing Competencies for a Global Health Workforce: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Ann Glob Health. 2019 03 26; 85(1). . View in PubMed

Postpartum depression in Mongolia: A qualitative exploration of health care providers' perspectives Midwifery. 2018 Oct; 65:18-25. . View in PubMed

Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities J Community Health. 2018 06; 43(3):467-476. . View in PubMed

Traditional beliefs and practices in pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum: A review of the evidence from Asian countries Midwifery. 2018 Jan; 56:158-170. . View in PubMed

Identification and Treatment Optimization of Comorbid Depression in Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatol Ther. 2017 Dec; 4(2):281-291. . View in PubMed


Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices in California After Passage of the Affordable Care Act Violence Against Women. 2017 06; 23(7):871-886. . View in PubMed

Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities Global Health. 2016 06 23; 12(1):34. . 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; 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

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 US 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 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. . 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

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

Health Care Women Int. 2012; 33(9):814-32. . 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

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

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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