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M.P.H., University of Southern California, Health Communication
B.A., University of Southern California, International Relations and Psychology
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.