Dr. Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos is an advanced practice nurse specializing in family and mental health primary care in populations affected by diabetes for over 2 decades. She earned a doctorate in Nursing Professorial role and Health and Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has held academic faculty appointments at Columbia University, Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Felician College, And St. Peter's College where she has taught from the associate degree level, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Medical Degree for physician's and endocrine residents and fellows.
Dr. Scollan-Koliopoulos herself has been affected by a rare hereditary illness and understands first hand the complexity families face. She is a first generation college student from a disadvantaged economic background, who grew up with chronic illness, cystic fibrosis. Understanding the multigenerational legacy of illness and ensuring that all patients have an equal right to access quality healthcare interventions and advanced education is her life's work.