Doctor of Philosophy (2016), The University of Alabama, Kinesiology, Human Performance
Master of Art (2010), The University of Alabama, Health Studies
Bachelor of Science (1995), The University of Alabama, Health/Fitness Management Studies
Professional Experience: Melissa is an experienced educator and researcher with 17 years of experience working with communities in Alabama. Her efforts focus on increasing awareness of healthcare careers through small group activities. She has a strong commitment to working with students interested in health care and enjoys teaching a diverse group of Rural Medical Scholars while also overseeing student research on health-related topics. Areas of research emphasis have been on physical activity, communities, adolescents, health care, and medical education.