Faculty Profile for Dr. Melinda Villagran

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Dr. Melinda Villagran
Professor — Department of Communication Studies
Professor — Translational Health Research Center
Program Faculty — Translational Health Research Center
NUEC 247
phone: (512) 245-4044

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Melinda Villagran is the Executive Director of Texas State's Translational Health Research Center, PI for the Community Health and Economic Resiliency Research Center of Excellence, and Co-PI for the Accelerating Credentials Data Science Platform research programs. With a Ph.D. in health communication, Dr. Villagran supports a broad program of interdisciplinary research involving Texas State faculty with community partners for applied research programs. Dr. Villagran returned to Texas State as a faculty member in 2012. Since that time her research has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity at the professor level, and numerous research grants awarded by state and federal agencies and private foundations. She is the author of two books and over 65 peer-reviewed publications on communication topics.

Teaching Interests

Health communication campaigns and interventions; Empirical Research Methods; Training and Development; Population and Community Health; Team Science

Research Interests

noodle soup, Translational Health Research; communication in hospitals; patient and provider communication; population and community health interventions; communication about cancer, end of life; health disparities (Persons with disabilities, Latinos, women, older adults); communication training; interdisciplinary teams; research mentoring; undergraduate research

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Villagran, M. M., & Keeley, M. P. (2021). Health Promotion Messages in Families. In International Encyclopedia of Health Communication.
  • Nicotera, A., Villagran, M. M., & Kim, W. (n.d.). Hospitals and Contexts for Management Communication. In Handbook of Management Communication. Degruyter Mouton.
  • Villagran, M. M. (2017). Translating Research to Reality: Team Science. Engaging Research (1st ed., Vol. 1). Retrieved from http://gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/jcr:5491dab0-03e6-4e20-a406-ed923bb4c80a/ORSP%20Newsletter%20Fall%202017.pdf
  • Villagran, M. M., MacArthur, B. L., Lee, L. E., Ledford CJW, & Canzona, M. R. (2017). Physicians’ Religious Topic Avoidance during Clinical Interactions. Behavioral Sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 7(2). https://doi.org/10.3390/bs7020030
  • MacArthur, B. L., Dailey, S. L., & Villagran, M. M. (2016). Understanding healthcare providers’ professional identification: The role of interprofessional communication in the vocational socialization of physicians. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 5, 11–17.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Showcase Seminar Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Oklahoma. 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Currently Serving Spouse Advisory award, Military Officers of America. 2009 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Rockefeller Brothers Fund Mentor for Students of Color Entering the Teaching Profession. 2003
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Merit. 2009

Selected Grants

  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), Renick, Cecil O (Co-Principal), Mileski, Michael (Supporting), Ramamonjiarivelo, Zo H (Supporting), Sen, Keya (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Supporting), Charles, Joni S J (Supporting), Perez, Eduardo (Supporting), Shanmugam, Ram (Supporting), Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Supporting), Hwang, Sangchul Scott (Supporting). Nutrition for Underserved Elderly via Application (NUEVA), DHHS (Administration for Community Living, acl.gov), Federal, $3000000. (Submitted: March 10, 2022, Funded: August 2022 - August 2027). Grant.
  • Fulton, Lawrence V (Principal), Villagran, Melinda Morris (Co-Principal), , Bing Zhou (Co-Principal), Mendez, Francis A (Co-Principal), Ekin, Tahir (Co-Principal), Qasem, Apan Muhammad (Co-Principal), Konur, Dincer (Supporting), Alanis, Emmanuel (Supporting), Zihagh, Fereshteh (Supporting), Dong, Zhijie (Co-Principal), Shen, Xiaoxi (Supporting), De Nadai, Alessandro Stevens (Supporting), Zhu, Ye (Co-Principal), Hewitt, Barbara A (Co-Principal), Valles Molina, Damian (Supporting), White, Alexander (Supporting), Dolezel, Diane M (Supporting), Ioudina, Vera (Supporting), Islam, Tanzima Z (Supporting), Lee, Chul Ho (Supporting), Metsis, Vangelis (Supporting), Moradi, Masoud (Supporting), Gao, Ju (Supporting), Li-Jen, Lester (Supporting), Jones, Dustin (Supporting), Pham, Vung (Supporting), Holt, Melinda (Supporting), Kyung An, Min (Supporting), Islam, ABM (Supporting), Cho, Hyuk (Supporting), Liu, Quigzhoung (Supporting), Liang, Fan (Supporting), Topinka, Joseph Baar (Supporting). The Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value for the Texas Innovation Corridor (TIC) Consortium Grant, THECB, State, $1450000. (Submitted: November 2021, Funded: February 2022 - October 2022). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda M. (Principal). Community Health and Economic Resilience Research, State of Texas, State, $5100000. (Funded: October 1, 2021 - October 1, 2023). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris (Principal), Burney, Marsha N (Supporting), Keeley-Vassberg, Maureen (Supporting). Networx: A Virtual Safety Net to Improve Postpartum Health, St Davids Foundation, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $289633. (Submitted: October 2017, Funded: January 2018 - August 2020). Grant.
  • Villagran, Melinda Morris (Principal), Villagran, Paul David (Co-Principal), Burney, Marsha N. Sexual Health Assessment and Risk Education, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Federal, $900000. (Funded: September 30, 2015 - September 30, 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Texas State Health Scholar Showcase
January 2017-Present
Texas State Council on Funded Research
Translational Health Research Initiative
LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series
University Strategic Planning Process - Innovation "Read Across"