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Melissa Ashley Little

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
560 Ray C. Hunt Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., University of Southern California, Preventive Medicine
M.P.H., University of Southern California, Health Communication
B.A., University of Southern California, International Relations and Psychology
Biography

Dr. Melissa A. Little is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia where she conducts health behavior research with military populations. She also serves as the Deputy Director of Military Population Health within the Center for Addiction and Prevention Research at the 59th Medical Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas. Her research focuses on developing, evaluating and translating evidence-based health behavior and disease prevention interventions for vulnerable populations. She has a growing research portfolio focusing on promoting tobacco cessation, substance abuse prevention and weight reduction among active duty military, retirees and dependents.

Dr. Little is currently leading the development and evaluation of a brief tobacco intervention for Air Force Technical Trainees at Lackland AFB. She also oversees the evaluation of the Freedom Quit Line, a tobacco quit line open to all TriCare beneficiaries worldwide that tests whether re-engaging individuals after a failed quit attempt promotes tobacco cessation. In her role as Deputy Director of Military Population Health, Dr. Little is responsible for all grant operations on military installations ensuring both quality research and respectful collaboration with the Air Force.

The Determinants of Tobacco Relapse and Initiation Following a Period of Forced Abstinence in the U.S. Military: A Social Ecological Approach
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Drug Abuse
May 01, 2018 – December 31, 2023
A Phase 1 Study of Ipilimumab in Combination with Decitabine in Relapsed or Refractory Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia6
Source: Johns Hopkins University
December 01, 2017 – February 28, 2023
MD-CANC Cancer Center Support Grant
Source: U.S. NIH Cancer Institute
February 01, 2017 – January 31, 2022
Behavioral Weight Management for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the Military (MF2F) - Year 5
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
May 01, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Behavioral Weight Management for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the Military (MF2F) - Year 4
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
May 01, 2020 – April 30, 2021
Behavioral Weight Management for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the Military (MF2F) - Year 3
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
May 01, 2019 – April 30, 2020
Evaluation of a Brief Tobacco Intervention in the US Military
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Drug Abuse
August 01, 2017 – April 30, 2020
Behavioral Weight Management for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the Military (MF2F) - Year 2
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
May 01, 2018 – April 30, 2019
Behavioral Weight Management for Pregnant and Postpartum Women in the Military (MF2F)
Source: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
May 01, 2017 – April 30, 2018