Melissa also works in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine as the Project Director / Site Liaison of the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) for the Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, which leads a multi-site evaluation and provides technical assistance to 10 demonstration sites across the country who are funded by the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA), Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS). She specializes in reproductive and sexual health among vulnerable populations in global public health research and her work includes: maternal healthcare services in Kenya, HIV prevention among young men in South Africa, the use of mobile phone technology for various health-related interventions using mobile technologies in Los Angeles, and editing the WHO’s World Report on Ageing (2015). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a Master in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles, a Masters in the Advanced Studies of the Visual Cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas & a Post-graduate Diploma in World Art & Museology from the University of East Anglia, and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Medich has over fifteen years of experience instructing anthropology and Spanish. Within the discipline of anthropology, she specializes in medical anthropology, Native Americans, Peru, the Americas, human sexuality, gender dynamics, and the visual cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.