Melinda Liggett Irwin, PhD, MPH

Professor of Chronic Diseases; Associate Director (Population Sciences), Yale Cancer Center; Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center; Deputy Director (Public Health), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Prevention and Control

Office of Student Research

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences


Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH is Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, Associate Director (Population Sciences) in the Yale Cancer Center, Co-Program Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center, and Deputy Director (Public Health) in the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Irwin is a prominent leader in the field of lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. Her research over the past 15 years has focused on randomized trials of exercise and weight loss on biological markers, treatment side effects and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. She has received funding from the NIH, ACS, American Institute for Cancer Research, Komen for the Cure, Livestrong Foundation and other foundations and has published her research findings in top medical journals. For the past 10 years, Dr. Irwin has been the Director of Training and Education on the NCI-Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Initiative. At Yale, Dr. Irwin has advised, mentored and trained over 100 trainees on public health related studies. Dr. Irwin also serves on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight and cancer prevention and control.

Education & Training

MPH University of Washington (2001)
PhD University of South Carolina (1999)
MS University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1994)
BS College of William and Mary (1992)

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Melinda Liggett Irwin, PhD, MPH
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 428

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034