As Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity, Melissa supports the Provost in activities relating to faculty development and institutional diversity. Melissa oversees leadership development for departmental chairs and faculty at each academic rank; leads activities to increase accountability and measurable progress in creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus; supports the academic development of faculty as well as work-life integration; and provides infrastructure and training in recruitment and retention.
Melissa is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She is the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In November 2012, she launched The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago. Ci3’s research uses games, narrative, and design to advance knowledge, develop interventions, and inform policies on the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of diverse adolescents.
Melissa’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, and others. She currently serves on the National Advisory Child Health Development Council of the National Institutes of Health. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, a master’s degree in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.