Melanie Sabado-Liwag

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Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Public Health
Office Location: ST 307
Phone: 3233434746 Email:


Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at California State University-Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. in Health Promotion Sciences at the School of Community & Global Health at Claremont Graduate University, MPH at California State University-Fullerton, and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Her research in minority health and health disparities aims to understand psychosocial, environmental, and cultural determinants related to adverse health and social outcomes across the life course. Dr. Sabado-Liwag is a mixed-methods scholar who uses advanced epidemiologic analyses to identify how these associations are related to risky behaviors, chronic disease, and mental health. Other efforts include working alongside communities of color and marginalized groups to develop evidence-based, culturally-tailored projects through community-based participatory research methods (CBPR) and mobile health (mhealth) strategies. She is currently the Principal investigator for The FILLED project, to better address health disparities and the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among Filipinx/o/as.




2015-2017   IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH
Areas of specialization: Epidemiology, Health Communication

2016    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion Science
Claremont Graduate University, School of Community and Global 
Areas of specialization: Global Health, Community based participatory research (CBPR), Substance use, Mental health, Health intervention

2009    Master of Public Health (MPH)
California State University, Fullerton
Areas of specialization: Health education, promotion, and evaluation

2006    Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology & Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
University of Washington, Seattle



  1. Kwan, P. P., Sabado-Liwag, M., Tan, N., Pike, J. R., Custodio, H., LaBreche, A., ... & Sablan-Santos, L. (2020). A Community-Based Approach to Biospecimen Collection Among Pacific Islanders. Health promotion practice21(1), 97-105.
  2. Kamke, K., Sabado-Liwag, M., Rodriquez, E. J., Pérez-Stable, E. J., & El-Toukhy, S. (2020). Adolescent Smoking Susceptibility: Gender-Stratified Racial and Ethnic Differences, 1999–2018. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  3. Rodriquez, E. J., Sabado-Liwag, M., Pérez-Stable, E. J., Lee, A., Haan, M. N., Gregorich, S. E., ... & Nápoles, A. M. (2019). Allostatic Load, Unhealthy Behaviors, and Depressive Symptoms by Birthplace Among Older Adults in the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging (SALSA). Journal of Aging and Health, 0898264319857995.
  4. Sabado, M., Choi, K., Haynie, D., Gilman, S., & Simons-Morton, B. (2017) High school cigarette smoking and post-secondary education enrollment: longitudinal findings from the NEXT Generation Health Study. Preventive Medicine, 105, 250-256.
  5. Kwan, P., Sabado, M., Lee, … & Palmer, P. (2017). Development of an Online Smoking Cessation Curriculum for Pacific Islanders: A Community Based Participatory Research Approach. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11, 263.
  6. Choi, T., Sabado, M., El-Toukhy… Hatsukami, D. (2017). Product use patterns, nicotine and tobacco-specific nitrosamine exposure within single-, dual-, and polytobacco users: NHANES 1999-2012. Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers26, 1525-1530.
  7. El-Toukhy, S., Sabado, M., Choi, K. (2017). Trends in U.S. youth susceptibility to smoking by race and ethnicity, 1999-2014. Pediatrics, e20161254