Melissa Wigginton, Dr.P.H., CHES

Associate Professor of Health Science

Office Phone: (951) 552-8537
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2 pm and 3:30-5:30 pm

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Dr.P.H. Health Education Loma Linda University 2011
M.S. Health and Fitness Promotion California State University Fullerton 2008
B.S. Clinical Exercise Science California State University San Bernardino 2006
  • Additional Education

    Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

  • Courses Taught

    Ethics in Health Care
    Therapeutic Interventions
    Intro to Global Health
    Health Communication
    Introduction to Public Health
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Childhood/adult obesity
    Health promotion and education
    Chronic disease intervention
    Stress and Health
    Physical Activity and Public Health

  • Teaching Experience

    Crafton hills College- 2010-2012
    Loma Linda University- 2009-2011
    California State University, San Bernardino- 2008-2010
    California State University, Fullerton- 2007-2009

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Wigginton, M. L., Lee, J., Hopp Marshak, H. & Freier, K. R. (2016). Modifying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Children’s Exercise Behaviors. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society Volume 6, Issue 2.

    Wigginton, M. L. & Sands, C. D. (March, 2014). Health-related predictors of obesity in Native American youth. International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. Presentation. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Wigginton, M. L., Barth, M., Gillum, T., Sands, C. D. (November, 2013). Assessment of Physical Activity and Health Indicators in American-Indian High School Students. Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association. Boston, Ma.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). Principal Investigator. Sherman Indian High School: Improving lives through active living and healthy eating.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). The influence of strategic planning on children’s physical activity behaviors. 140th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. San Francisco, CA.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2012). Modifying the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Children’s Exercise Behaviors. 2nd International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society. Chicago, Il.

    Wigginton, M. L, Wiersma, L. D., Sherman, C. P., & Rubin, D. (2009). Weight stigmatization among Hispanic American Children. California Journal of Health Promotion, 7 (1) 43-51.

    Wigginton, M. L. (2008). Overuse injuries in youth sport. Center for the Advancement of Responsible Youth Sport (CARYS) Newsletter, California State University, Fullerton, 4 (1) 5-6.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Wildwood Calvary Chapel, Yucaipa, CA
    Women of Wildwood, Yucaipa, CA

  • Community Service & Involvement

    -Advisory board member for the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship (2014 - present)
    -Healthy Yucaipa Committee (2016- present)
    -Faculty Advisor for the Student Public Health Club (2014 - present)
    -Faculty Senator (2012-2016)
    -Healthy San Bernardino Coalition (2010-2011)
    -Riverside County Health Coalition
    -Inland Empire Health Educator Alliance

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Spending time with my husband and daughter, family and friends, exercising, researching, watching football (Go Pack Go!), my dogs and traveling.

  • Personal Philosophy

    "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." -Ephesians 2:10