Melissa Ogasawara Tozaki

Melissa Ogasawara Tozaki


Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini, PhD, RN, FAAN


College of Nursing




Health Disparities in Society


Hispanic Student Association, Minority Health Professional Mentorship Program

Academic Awards

University Scholars Program (2021)


Cleveland Clinic - Student Volunteer (2018-2019)

Research Interests

Mental health, Disparities in society, Public health

Hobbies and Interests

Volleyball, Rollerblading, Languages & Cultures

Research Project

Enhancing Academic Success for Black Minority Students in the Health Sciences Through Effective Academic Advising

Black students at University of Florida and other universities may face negative racial experiences that can result in psychological implications. These challenges may prevent them from achieving their educational goals. Effective academic advising can substantially impact students’ academic success. The goal of this project is to identify the best practices of academic advising for Black minority students in the pre-health track. The aim of this project will be achieved by performing a descriptive review of literature on the best strategies to advise minority students in college. This project will also entail of utilizing focus group data gathered from meetings with professionals and academic advisors from the University of Florida that reveal the facilitators and challenges Black students face to pursue health education majors. The result will enable the development of  an evidence-based guide with recommendations on engaging with and advising pre-health Black students for academic advisors at the University of Florida.