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Dr. Janella Melius

 Dr. Janela Melius

Janella Melius

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office: 205 Coltrane Hall
Phone: 336-750-2595 

Curriculum Vitae

Educational History

Norfolk State University, VA. 2007, PhD. Social Work

University of Akron, Ohio, 1998, Masters of Social Work

University of the Virgin Islands, 1996 Bachelor of Social Work


Dr. Janella Melius is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work. Dr. Melius area of research focuses on examining the ecological risk, and protective processes influencing health related behaviors among underrepresented populations who are exposed to adversities, and is specifically aimed at two distinct tracks:(1) examining the effects of social determinants on health disparities (e.g. overweight/obesity) and its association with environmental, political, structural  and epigenetic factors on the health risk behaviors  of underrepresented groups across their life span, and (2)  formulating interventions  as a translational researcher in reducing health risk behaviors associated with overweight/obesity outcomes among  underrepresented populations utilizing  the social work profession varying perspectives  on community action approaches. Dr. Melius is a Scholar of the Dr. Alfred M. Haynes Institute for Social Equity, Meharry Medical College, a member of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, a Fellow, of the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network Summer Program in Applied Multi-Ethnic Research at Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, National Association of Social Workers, and a member of the Council on Social Work Education. 

Teaching Areas

  • Social Work Research
  • Ethics, Child Welfare
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Winston-Salem State University

601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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