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Melissa L. Walls, PhD

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PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2007
MA, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2004


Melissa Walls, PhD (Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is Director of the Great Lakes Hub for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and associate professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Walls is a social scientist committed to collaborative research and has over a decade of experience working with tribal communities in the United States and Canada. Her involvement in community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects to date includes mental health epidemiology; culturally-relevant, family-based substance use prevention and mental health promotion programming and evaluation; and examining the impact of stress and mental health on diabetes. Dr. Walls’s collaborative work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • Community-based participatory research
  • health equity
  • Indigenous health
  • community interventions
  • diabetes prevention
  • mental health
  • substance use