Melanie Nyambura Katsivo, PhD, Cert.APM

S. Dixon Adjunct Professor
P: 519.661.2111 x84403


  • EDI Specialist and Associate Director
  • The Africa Institute and Adjunct Research Professor
  • Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Research Interests

  • EDIDI ( Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization and Indigeneity) and Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Knowledge Translation

Short Bio

Melanie has a PhD in Educational Communication and Technology (Focus on Health Promotion), a Master’s Degree in Sociology (Focus on health )and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Nutrition and Human Ecology).
Melanie N. Katsivo leads the effective implementation and embedding of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) tactics and strategies for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She oversees EDI related projects, provides guidance and advice on best practices and collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to identify key areas of activity and build a commitment for change. Dr. Katsivo is also the Associate Director of Partnerships and Programs for the Africa Institute at Western University, a role that is complimentary and supportive to the EDID goals of the School.
She is currently leading a Global Skills Opportunities project that is funded by Employment and Skills Development Canada, which will offer a foundational certificate in EDIDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Decolonization and Indigeneity) as well as international experiential learning opportunities, to 102 under-represented, equity –seeking undergraduate students in health professions programs at Western University and the University of Manitoba. Dr. Katsivo is engaged in several active research projects as a Member of the Western Center for Climate Change, Sustainable Livelihoods and Health, as well as of a Western Strategic Priority Project, titled Frugal Biomedical Innovations Program.