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    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    Principal Investigator

    • 2019 – Present: Decolonizing Self-Care. With Spurgas, A.
    • 2018 – Present: Post-Surgical Relationships between Weight-Loss Surgery Patients and their Bariatric Clinics: A Qualitative Investigation.
    • 2018 – Present: Navigating Post-Operative Care, Services, and Support for Weight-Loss Surgery Patients: The Perspective of Bariatric Professionals
    • 2017 – 2018: “No one is as invested in your continued good health as you should be:” An exploration of the post-surgical relationships between weight-loss surgery patients and their bariatric clinics.
    • 2016 – 2018: Principal Investigator: “To each his own:” Discussions of vaccine decision-making in top parenting blogs. With Basch, C.; MacLean, S.; Scheibner, C., & Cadorett, V.
    • 2011- 2013: “‘Banding Together:’ Biosociality, Weight Loss Surgery, and Neoliberal Discourses Around Obesity.” Dissertation Research, The Graduate Center. City University of New York

    Graduate Student Researcher

    • 2007 – 2008: Observation study. Principal Investigators, Thomas Farley, Erin Baker, Lauren Furtell, & Janet Rice.
    • 2006 – 2007: Youth-involved participatory action project. Principal Investigator, Nicholas Freudenberg

    PUBLICATIONS

    PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

    1.Meleo-Erwin, Z., Basch, C., & MacLean, S. (Forthcoming, 2019).Understanding Online Discussions of Key Public Health Issues Using a Mixed-Methods Approach. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 

    2. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (Forthcoming, 2019). Using thematic analysis to explore online patient conversations about bariatric surgery: Strengths, limitations, and ethical considerations. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 

    3. Ethan, D.; Meleo-Erwin, Z.; Fera, J.; Garcia, P. & Basch, C. (Forthcoming, 2019). Readability of online information on Celiac Disease: A brief report. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 

    4. Meleo-Erwin, Z.; Basch, C.; Fera, J.; Ethan, D. & Garcia, P. (2019). Readability of online patient-based information on bariatric surgeryHealth Promotion Perspectives, 9(2), 156-160. DOI: 10.15171/hpp.2019.22

    5. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2019). “No one is as invested in your continued good health as you should be:” An exploration of the post-surgical relationships between weight-loss surgery patients and their home bariatric clinics. Sociology of Health and Illness, 41(2), 285-302DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12823

    6. Meleo-Erwin, Z.; Basch, C.; MacLean, S.; Scheibner, C., & Cadorett, V. (2017). “To each his own:” Discussions of vaccine decision-making in top parenting blogs. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics,13(8). DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2017.1321182

    7. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2015). ‘Shape carries story:’ Navigating the world as fat. M/C Journal, 18(3). 

    8. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2012) Disrupting normal. Toward the ‘ordinary and familiar’ in fat politics. Feminism and Psychology, 22(3): 388-402.

    9. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2011). ‘A beautiful show of strength:’ Weight loss and the fat activist self. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 15(2): 188-205.

    10. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2010). Fat bodies, qualitative research and the spirit of participatory action research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 3(3): 335-350. 

    BOOK CHAPTERS

    1. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2014). Queering the linkages and divergences: The relationship between fatness and disability and the hope for a livable world. In S. Murray, C. Pause, & J.Wykes (eds) Queering Fat Embodiment. Ashgate. pp.97-114.

    2. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2012). ‘I just couldn’t keep it in control anymore:’ Weight loss surgery, food addiction, and anti-fat stigma. In J. Netherland (ed.) Critical Perspectives on Addiction (Advances in Medical Sociology, Volume 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.201-224.

    3. Meleo-Erwin, Z. & Katz Rothman, B. (2010). ‘Choice’ and justice: Motherhood in a global context. In L. Davies, R. Daellenbach, & M. Kensington (eds) Sustainability, Midwifery and Birth. Routledge.

    OTHER PUBLICATIONS

    1. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2019). Risks and responsibility: Navigating the long-term care of bariatric patients. Sociology Lens. 

    2. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2013). “‘Banding Together:’ Biosociality, Weight Loss Surgery, and Neoliberal Discourses Around Obesity.” (Doctoral Dissertation). Committee: Drs. Victoria Pitts-Taylor (Chair), Barbara Katz Rothman, Setha Low, & Jessie Daniels. 

    3. Freudenberg, N.; Daniels, J. & Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2008, Jan). Youth-involved street survey of health enhancing and health damaging messages in disparate urban neighborhoods using digital technology. Corporations and Health Watch. 

    4. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2008). Fat activism. The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body. (Pitts-Taylor, V. Ed.) Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press.

    5. Meleo-Erwin, Z. (2007, Nov). McDonald’s and children’s health: The production of new customers. Corporations and Health Watch. 

    PRESENTATIONS

    ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

    1. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Body autonomy and the seductive power of normal: Where weight loss surgery and fat activism meet. Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis Conference. University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. October 5, 2019. 

    2. Spurgas, A. & Meleo-Erwin, Z. A softer, gentler neoliberalism? Self-help feminism, alternative medicine, and the white feminization of the marketplace. American Sociological Association Annual Conference. New York, New York. August 12, 2019. 

    3. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Navigating post-operative care, services, and support for weight-loss surgery patients: The perspective of bariatric professionals. Explorations. William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. April 11, 2019. 

    4. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Patients' perspectives on the role of post-operative support following bariatric surgery: A qualitative analysis. Explorations. William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. April 17, 2018.

    5. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Post-surgical relationships between bariatric patients and their home bariatric clinics. 23rd Annual Public Health Symposium. (Poster presentation). Rutgers University - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J. April 2, 2018. 

    6. Hammouda, M., Basch, C. H., Meleo-Erwin, Z., Kecojevic, A. A narrative analysis of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) YouTube videos. 23rd Annual Public Health Symposium. (Poster Presentation). Rutgers School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ, United States. April 2, 2018.

    7. Meleo-Erwin, Z. "No one is as invested in your continued health as you should be:" An exploration of post-surgical relationships between bariatric patients and their home batriatric clinics. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference. Baltimore, M.D. February 25, 2018.

    8. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Controlling the uncontrollable: Bariatric surgery, 'food addiction,' and anti-fat stigma. National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference. Milwaukee, W.I. November 15, 2015

    9. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Shifting calculations: The invisible work of weight loss. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference.  New York, N.Y. February 28, 2015.

    10. Meleo-Erwin, Z. ‘I just couldn’t keep it in control anymore:’ Weight loss surgery, food addiction, and anti-fat stigma. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. March, 23, 2013.

    11. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Queer bodies: Forging strategic connection between fatness and disability. Cripples, Idiots, Lepers, and Freaks: Extraordinary Bodies / Extraordinary Minds. CUNY Graduate Center. March 23, 2012.

    12. Meleo-Erwin, Z. ‘Banding together:’ The biosociality of weight loss surgery. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference. New York, NY. February 23, 2012.

    13. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Navigating the shift from fat to thin(er): The Biosociality of weight loss surgery support forums. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. New York, NY. February 24, 2012.

    14. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Queering the linkages and divergences: The relationship between fatness and disability and the hope for a livable world. Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics and the Dynamics of Difference. Sarah Lawrence College. March 5, 2011. 

    INVITED TALKS

    1. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Using document analysis to explore online health information: Strengths, limitations, and ethical considerations. City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. November 19, 2018.

    2. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Obligations of weight loss surgery: Who is responsible for the long-term care of bariatric patients? Bioethics Club. William Paterson University. October 25, 2018.

    3. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Qualitative research methods in public health. City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. November 13, 2017.

    4. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Fat bodies, neoliberal Times: Thinking through the connections between weight-based stigma, race, class, and gender. Marymount College. September 21, 2015.

    5. Meleo-Erwin, Z. Anti-fat stigma, health & subjectivity. Bucks County Community College. August 2, 2012

    6. Meleo-Erwin, Z. The fat body-self: A critical exploration. Bucks County Community College. July 26, 2011. 

    MEDIA INTERVIEWS & MENTIONS

    1. Semigran, A. (2019, June 26). Healthcare for larger bodies: How to advocate for yourself when your doctor won't. Blood & Milk. Retrieved from: https://www.bloodandmilk.com/healthcare-for-larger-bodies-advocating-for-yourself-when-your-doctor-wont/

    2. Castaneda, R. (2017, August 17). 6 strategies for helping a teen who's being bulliedabout his or her weight. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/family/articles/2017-08-17/6-strategies-for-helping-a-teen-whos-being-bullied-about-his-or-her-weight