Melanie Susswein, MSW is the director or marketing and communications at the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA). She earned her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania.

Melanie is an award winning social marketing communicator and project manager. Social marketing is the discipline of marketing to change behavior, generally a health behavior. Before coming to UT Austin, she worked for 14 years for SUMA Social Marketing in Austin, including as vice president of account services and business development. Her clients included: Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the March of Dimes, the Utah Department of Health, the Arizona Department of Health, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and Harris County Health. Melanie’s portfolio includes extensive work on women’s health issues including preconception, interconception, breastfeeding, and postpartum care. She has also worked with and on behalf of children with special health-care needs and disabilities and a wide array of diverse populations in Texas and around the country. Melanie was the project manager and senior strategist for award-winning preconception campaigns in Utah and Arizona and the website in Texas, which won two Communicator Awards. She has also worked on violence prevention with military families, and several fatherhood educational and violence prevention initiatives. Early in her career she worked on the Children’s Health Insurance Program and on in-home emergency communications for the aged. She completed a year of service in Israel for the domestic violence prevention program called, Woman to Woman.

Melanie loves to travel, eat good food, swim, hike and spend time with family. She and her husband have a son and daughter, both of whom are high school students at Austin’s Liberal Arts and Science Academy. Her other loves include her Rocky, the cutest dog ever.

Professional Interests

Communication, health literacy, violence prevention, project management and operations.