Melissa is a nutrition and public health scientist with an interest in studying how policies can improve the food environment, dietary behaviors, and longer-term health outcomes. She is particularly interested in policies such as food marketing restrictions, food and wellness policies in schools, and front-of-package warning labels, in the context of Latin America and globally.
Melissa earned her Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of her work at UNC, she collaborated with the evaluation of the Chilean Law of Food Labelling and Marketing. At the Rudd Center, she is working with Dr. Fleming-Milici and Dr. Jennifer Harris on several projects, including the assessment of changes in the nutrition profile of products typically marketed to children in the context of new FDA labelling requirements.