Melanie Austin specializes in Health Promotion and Behavioral Health for adolescents, young-adults, student-athletes, women and vulnerable populations. Melanie’s clinical and research interests focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors, sleep routines, purpose in life, and meaningful success. Her work integrates traditional and integrative approaches with technology-based platforms for optimal emotional and physical well-being. She teaches courses in Community Health, Psychosocial Studies, Administration and Leadership, Advanced Clinical Practice and Research Thesis. She is a faculty associate at the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine and NYIT Center for eSports Medicine and a research collaborator with the Department of Experiential Education in partnership with local and national community organizations.

Melanie earned a Post Professional Doctorate in occupational therapy at Temple University, a master’s of public administration at Baruch College, CUNY, and a bachelor of science in occupational therapy at New York Institute of Technology, where she was also a track and field athlete and two-time NCAA All-American. Melanie was inducted into the New York Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 for her athletic achievements and community leadership.

Melanie developed a community-based health promotion program model entitled: “LifeSteps - An evidence-based health promotion program for underserved populations – A Community Service-Learning Approach.”

Melanie is currently a NIH NHLBI PRIDE Scholar in the NYU Langone Behavioral and Sleep Medicine Institute.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Social Media Use, Daily Routines & Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Young Adult College Students
  • Sleep, Health Behaviors and Risk of Injury and Chronic Disease for Student-Athletes
  • Development of a Motivational Sleep App Prototype by Undergraduate Students in the Experiential Education, Center for Innovation, and Computer Science departments at New York Tech.
  • Daily Routines & Sleep Habits for Adults
  • Self-esteem and Academic Performance in Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Daily Routines and Perceptions of Purpose in Life

Recent Publications/Presentations

Honors + Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, NYIT School of Health Professions, State of the School, Fall 2016
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society, 2015
  • Nominated as New York Tech’s 31 Women of March, 2013
  • Clinical Educator of the Year, Department of Occupational Therapy at New York Tech, 2012
  • Nominated Clinical Fieldwork Educator of the Year, MOTEC, 2011
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Occupational Therapy at New York Tech, 2002

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Health Promotion
  • Psychosocial Studies
  • Administration and Leadership
  • Research III – Graduate Student Thesis Projects
  • Co-taught – OT Theory V: Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Co-taught – Research II
  • Co-taught – Research I

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