Melissa H. Stigler

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA

Melissa Stigler, PhD, MPH is a behavioral epidemiologist with over a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and analysis of large-scale intervention trials designed to promote health among children and adolescents. Dr. Stigler completed her undergraduate studies at the College of William & Mary (1991) and received her M.P.H. (Community Health Education, 1999) and Ph.D. (Behavioral Epidemiology, 2003) from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. At present, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, with the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, situated in Austin, Texas, USA. Dr. Stigler has been integrally involved in intervention trials for youth that have addressed tobacco, alcohol, and HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as physical activity and nutrition promotion; have been conducted in rural and urban settings in the USA, India, and Tanzania; have involved thousands of young people from high and low socio-economic backgrounds; and have tested the efficacy of many intervention strategies, from school-based programs to youth-led activism. Dr. Stigler has published over 50 research papers and contributed to over 70 scientific presentations. In 2009, she was awarded “Outstanding Young Investigator” at the University of Texas Health Science Center. At present, she is the Senior Associate Editor of the next Surgeon General’s Report on Reducing Tobacco Use Among Youth, in the USA, which is scheduled to be published in 2012. She also currently serves as Co Principal Investigator of a randomized trial of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program for young people (10-19 years) in the slums of Delhi, India funded by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, USA.

Biography Updated on 27 September 2011

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