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Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD

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Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Development and Diversity
Associate Professor, UTHealth School of Public Health at Brownsville



The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health at Brownsville

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Deputy Editor, Health Promotion Practice

Research Interests

Chronic Disease Prevention
Health Literacy
Community Engagement


Dr. Valerio-Shewmaker serves as the Campus Dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in San Antonio and is an Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. Prior to joining the School of Public Health she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Her ongoing research is in the design and evaluation of interventions to disease management and health outcomes.

She has served as PI and Co-I on various studies to evaluate interventions in asthma, patient-provider communication, and type 2 diabetes. A majority of the studies have been conducted in partnership with community organizations, schools, or health systems and incorporate a partnership or community-based participatory research approach. She also serves as a lead in the Community Engagement Core of the Institute for Integrated Medicine and Science.


Phone: +1 (210) 276-9017