Melinda Bender, RN, PhD

Asst Professor - HCOMP


Honors and Awards

Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) - Training Award, Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), 2017-2018
Leadership Fellowship Award, Philippine Nurses Association of America, 2015-2016
Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS), Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, 2008-2011
Child Health, Clinical and Translational Research Fellow, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, 2011
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing Scholar, Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Mu Chapter, 2011
12th Annual Health Literacy Award for Research, Institute for Health Care Advancement, 2013
Elizabeth Mottet Endowment Scholar, Elizabeth Mottet Endowment, 2008
Achievement Reward for College Scientists (ARCS) Annual Award, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, San Diego, 2008
2014 APIC Best Published Paper, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, 2014
Dean's Scholarship Research Award, University of San Diego, School of Nursing, 2009


Maglalang DD, Yoo GJ, Ursua RA, Villanueva C, Chesla CA, Bender MS. "I don't have to explain, people understand": Acceptability and Cultural Relevance of a Mobile Health Lifestyle Intervention for Filipinos with Type 2 Diabetes. Ethn Dis. 2017; 27(2):143-154.
Bender MS, Santos GM, Villanueva C, Arai S. Development of a Mobile Phone-Based Weight Loss Lifestyle Intervention for Filipino Americans with Type 2 Diabetes: Protocol and Early Results From the PilAm Go4Health Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Sep 08; 5(3):e178.
Bender MS, Martinez S, Kennedy C. Designing a Culturally Appropriate Visually Enhanced Low-Text Mobile Health App Promoting Physical Activity for Latinos: A Qualitative Study. J Transcult Nurs. 2016 Jul; 27(4):420-8.
Choi J, Bender MS, Arai S, Fukuoka Y. Factors Associated with Underestimation of Weight Status among Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean Americans--DiLH Survey. Ethn Dis. 2015; 25(2):200-7.
Bender MS, Choi J, Arai S, Paul SM, Gonzalez P, Fukuoka Y. Digital technology ownership, usage, and factors predicting downloading health apps among caucasian, filipino, korean, and latino americans: the digital link to health survey. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2014 Oct 22; 2(4):e43.
Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Choi J, Gonzalez P, Arai S. Gender differences in lay knowledge of type 2 diabetes symptoms among community-dwelling Caucasian, Latino, Filipino, and Korean adults - DiLH survey. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec; 40(6):778-85.
Bender MS, Choi J, Won GY, Fukuoka Y. Randomized controlled trial lifestyle interventions for Asian Americans: a systematic review. Prev Med. 2014 Oct; 67:171-81.
Jih J, Mukherjea A, Vittinghoff E, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY, Fukuoka Y, Bender MS, Tseng W, Kanaya AM. Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans. Prev Med. 2014 Aug; 65:1-6.
Bender MS, Clark MJ, Gahagan S. Community engagement approach: developing a culturally appropriate intervention for Hispanic mother-child dyads. J Transcult Nurs. 2014 Oct; 25(4):373-82.
Bender MS, Nader PR, Kennedy C, Gahagan S. A culturally appropriate intervention to improve health behaviors in Hispanic mother-child dyads. Child Obes. 2013 Apr; 9(2):157-63.
Bender MS, Clark MJ. Cultural Adaptation for Ethnic Diversity: A Review of Obesity Interventions for Preschool Children. Calif J Health Promot. 2011 Sep; 9(2):40.
Melinda Bender
+1 415 502-5668
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UCSF Box 0606
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States