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Melissa Thomas, PhD

Melissa Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Irvine Hall 210C, Athens Campus
Primary Care

Melissa Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor
Family Medicine
Grosvenor 350, Athens Campus
  • Public Health (PhD), Walden University, 2007
  • Public Health (MSPH), Walden University, 2005
  • Administration (MSA), Central Michigan University, 2000
  • Psychology (BS), Ohio State University, 1994
  • Political Science and Spanish, Ohio State University, 1994
  • Certified Breast Navigator (CN-BP), 2013
  • Certified Community Health Worker (C-CHW), 2013
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), 2011
  • Cancer
  • Health Disparities
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Women’s Health
  • Rural and Appalachian Health
  • Amish and Mennonite communities
  • Food Insecurity
  • Epidemiology
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Prevention
Summary of Work:
Dr. Melissa Thomas has worked on addressing health disparities through community-engaged research and outreach models for over 20 years with a specific emphasis in rural and Appalachia Ohio. Key focus areas include reducing the burden of cancer through culturally-competent health education programs and addressing social determinants of health.