Faculty and Staff

Melissa Vilaro, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.

Post Doctoral Associate

Office: Weimer Hall - 2042 Phone: 352-846-3014 Email:


Dr. Melissa Vilaro, PhD, MPH, CPH, is a social behavioral scientist whose research incorporates community-based approaches to develop strategic messaging and behavior change strategies for chronic disease prevention. Her research largely addresses the social and environmental determinants of diet among vulnerable groups, including children, low-income, and rural populations to mitigate diet-related health disparities. Dr. Vilaro’s current research is supported by a NIH, National Cancer Institute, Diversity Supplement and will focus on developing a culturally-relevant interactive nutrition-risk module for an existing eHealth colorectal cancer screening intervention.