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Janella Melius

Position: Associate Professor of Social Work Department: Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info

Office: 205 Coltrane Hall Phone: 336-750-2595


Janella Melius, PhD., is a licensed clinical social worker, with a background that spans over fifteen years in the foster care system. Currently, Dr. Melius is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Winston-Salem State University. Her research has resulted in national publications in the areas of education and health disparities. Dr. Melius has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, an Affiliate of the African American Collaborative Obesity Network, and a Scholar of Dr. Alfred M. Haynes Institute for Social Equity at Meharry Medical College.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Social Work, 2007, Norfolk State University, VA.
  • Masters of Social Work, 1998, University of Akron, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Social Work, 1996, University of the Virgin Islands

Melius, J. (2015). Exploring Social Workers' Use of the Social Ecological Model as an Intervention and Research Framework for Treating Overweight/Obese Clients. Social Work, 60 (1), 55-63.

Melius, J. (2013). “Predictors of Overweight and Obesity in Minority Children and Practice Implications for Family and Community Intervention.” Social Work in Public Health. 2, 119-128;

Melius, J. (2011). The Influence of Undergraduate Students’ Engagement Practices and Institutional Environment on Academic Achievement. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 21:6, 606-624

Melius, J. (2009).Historically Black institutions: Exploring Students’ Perceptions about its Academic Community and its Impact on their Academic Success. National Association of African American Studies, Monograph Series.