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Melissa H. Watt, Ph.D.

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Academic Information

Departments: Population Health Sciences - Research Associate Professor

Divisions: Health System Innovation and Research

Academic Office Information

melissa.watt@hsc.utah.edu

(801) 213-2557

Williams Building
Population Health Sciences
295 Chipeta Way, Room:
Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Honors College
1975 Detrobriand Street, Room:
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • HIV
  • Mental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Global Health
  • Qualitative Methods

Research Statement

Dr. Melissa Watt has expertise in the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions, and the application of rigorous qualitative methods. She has a multi-disciplinary research program that applies social and behavioral research methods to understand and improve health outcomes globally. Dr. Watt leads the MAMA Study in Moshi, Tanzania, which is addressing HIV stigma in the intrapartum period. She collaborates on global research projects with School of Medicine faculty in the departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Watt has a teaching appointment in the University of Utah Honors, where she teaches undergraduate courses and directs the Honors Integrated Minor in Health. She co-leads the Health Equity Research Core in the Woman and Child Institute, and serves as the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Population Health Sciences.

Education History

Undergraduate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A.