Melissa Napolitano, Ph.D., M.A.
Melissa A. Napolitano is Professor of Prevention and Community Health and Exercise and Nutrition Sciences within the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. Dr. Napolitano uses behavioral science principles and communication techniques to develop, implement and evaluate physical activity and weight management programs for delivery via digital strategies. Her work focuses across the lifespan, including pregnancy and young adulthood. Dr. Napolitano’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a current Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Napolitano was a Consultant to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, specifically working with the Physical Activity Promotion Subcommittee. She serves in review and editorial capacities as a standing member of the NIH Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section and Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Prior to joining GWU in 2012, Dr. Napolitano was on the faculties of Brown Medical School and Temple University at which she was also a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education. Dr. Napolitano received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Master of Arts and doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University.