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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Melanie Peterson-Hickey

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Melanie Peterson-HickeyMelanie Peterson-Hickey
'80 Sociology and Corrections

Melanie Peterson-Hickey graduated from MSU in 1980 with majors in Sociology and Corrections. She completed her master's degree in Administrative Leadership in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1986 and her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Melanie worked for several years in institutions of higher education in student affairs, administration, and teaching including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. Since 2000, she has been employed in the public health field as a Senior Research Scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health. Her work focuses on mortality and natality data analysis, health disparities among populations of Color, data support to the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health and the Elimination of Health Disparities Initiative. Her work involves analysis of data and reports on infant mortality, low birthweight births in Minnesota and measuring health disparities. In addition, Melanie is an independent research evaluation consultant for several non-profit organizations in Minnesota and serves as a trustee for the Minnesota Women’s Foundation. Melanie is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin. She is the proud mother of three sons – Jon, Dan, and Mac. The eldest is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the middle son recently graduated from the University of Minnesota and is studying for law school, and the youngest is a 7th grader at Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, MN. Her family enjoys camping, travel, and sports activities.