• Dr. Melissa Howard is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) with a background in community health education. She joined Stempel College in 2009 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in health behavior theory, community-based intervention design, health communication and social research methods. Her research and practice interests center on substance abuse prevention for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Howard serves as a co-investigator on a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded project that aims to reduce health risks among young adults in Miami-Dade County, with a specific focus on FIU students. She also assists Dr. Consuelo Beck-SaguĂ© in coordinating a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded project in 2016, which established the MPH concentration in Maternal and Child Health at FIU.

    As co-chair of the FIU Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Task Force, Dr. Howard plays an active role in shaping FIU policy and programs to ensure a healthy environment with respect to health behaviors, including substance use. In her free time, Dr. Howard enjoys volunteering as a Special Olympics Health Communities clinical director, managing health education for populations with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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  • Health Promotion Education, Communication and Adolescent Health

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full name

  • Melissa Howard


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