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Melinda S. Bender

Melinda Bender Post-Doctoral Fellow
Contact Information
Phone: (858) 442-1809

Clinical, Research, Teaching Interests

Dr. Melinda Bender is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working in community health. Her area of research is in Childhood Obesity and Health Disparities among vulnerable populations. She teaches in the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing at the University of San Diego, School of Nursing.


2008 - 2011

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA – PhD in Nursing

1980 – 1982

University of California, San Francisoca – Master’s Degree in Nursing

1973 - 1977

University of California, Los Angeles – Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Honors and Awards

2008 - 2011

Achievement Reward for College Scientist (ARCS) Scholar, University of San Diego


Clinic and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Child Health Research Fellow


Dean’s Scholar Research Award, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA


Elizabeth Mottet Endowment Scholar, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Most Recent Publications

Bender, M.S., Clark, MJ, Cultural Adaptation for Ethnic Diversity: A Review of Obesity Interventions for Preschool Children (In press) 2011, California Journal of Health Promotion