Melawhy L. Garcia, MPH

MelawhyGarciaI am a second year student in the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Public Health (Health Behavior Research). I received my bachelor of arts in psychology and master of public health from California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Through an introduction to community health as an undergraduate intern at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)/ CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training, I developed an interest in public health and health behavior research. My graduate school research and training confirmed my interest in the importance of awareness campaigns, increasing health knowledge, and behavioral change to positively impact the health outcomes of minority populations.

My professional experience includes more than seven years of employment at the NCLR/CSULB Center, where I assumed many roles from undergraduate research intern to project manager to Assistant Director. At the NCLR/CSULB Center, I had the opportunity to collaborate on various behavioral interventions focusing on chronic disease prevention, sexual health, and leadership training resulting in numerous peer reviewed publications and professional presentations.

Upon entering the JDP, I joined IBACH to work with Dr. John Elder on the LUCES Clinical/Behavioral Approach to Overweight Latino Youth in collaboration with San Ysidro Health Center. My long-term goals are to become a tenured professor and innovative researcher focusing on the positive behavior change and health of underserved Latino communities.


Current Research Project(s):

Clinical/Behavioral Approach to Overweight Latino Youth (LUCES)
HCHS/SOL: SOL Sociocultural Study