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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
Melissa.A.Valerio@uth.tmc.edu

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Department

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
Management
Health Literacy
Community Engagement

Biography

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.

Contact

Email: Melissa.A.Valerio@uth.tmc.edu 
Phone: +1 (210) 276-9017

Current Projects

Recent News

Valerio named deputy editor of Health Promotion Practice journal

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Melissa Valerio, Ph.D., M.P.H., regional dean of UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio, has been named deputy editor of the journal Health Promotion Practice (HPP). The journal is an official publication of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Valerio began serving in this position in January 2018.

Melissa Valerio, Ph.D., recognized as Chancellor’s Health Fellow

Melissa Valerio, Ph.D., regional dean of the UTHealth School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus, has been named a 2016 Chancellor’s Fellow for The University of Texas System Office of Health Affairs.