Melina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel, Ph.D.

Melina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel, Ph.D.

Melina T. Czymoniewicz-Klippel, Ph.D., is a Research & Evaluation Scientist for the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at The Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. in public health from Monash University, Australia, in 2010. Melina’s research focuses on understanding and addressing the social and cultural determinants of health and the health risks and resilience of vulnerable and marginalized children and families. Her doctoral research examined the impact of globalization on the definition of childhood and, therein, the shape of children’s and families’ everyday lives in Cambodia. In 2001, she earned a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honors Class I) degree from The University of Queensland, Australia, and has worked as an applied child health researcher for government and non-governmental agencies in Southeast Asia and Australia. In 2004, she received a Master of Health Science degree in Community Child and Adolescent Health through The University of Queensland. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse, she developed and managed an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in global public health, including a three-country fieldwork program, for the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State. Currently, Melina is working on projects that intend to improve Military child health outcomes through the strengthening of parenting practices and promotion of healthy behaviors. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and two dogs; engaging in cultural activities; and cooking and eating her way around the world.