MELISSA IS A FEMINIST WELLNESS EDUCATOR.
MELISSA A. FABELLO, PhD is a social justice activist whose work focuses on body politics, beauty culture, and eating disorders.
As a digital creator, Melissa develops online content – in the form of articles, graphics, videos, and more – to challenge others to unpack oppressive ideology around food, bodies, and beauty. Known for being both no-nonsense and witty on Twitter and Instagram, she warmly, but firmly invites followers into hard conversations around wellness.
Melissa’s work rose to prominence during her five years as Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, one of the largest independent feminist media sites in the world. There, she guided the organization – which is dedicated to helping people break down and stand up to oppression through the application of intersectional feminism in their daily lives – into a unique editorial style grounded in evidence-based educational practices.
Now, as a freelance digital content strategist, she helps individuals and organizations who work in wellness fields with a myriad of services – including editorial direction, social media optimization, press strategy, and market research – to help them reach their digital potential. Inquire about working with her here.
Melissa is also a licensed educator with over a decade of experience working with diverse populations, which deeply informs her work today. In the form of workshops and speeches at various universities, organizations, and conferences, Melissa educates students and professionals in a hands-on, dynamic atmosphere. Her energetic presentations are created around participant-centered learning objectives, and her audiences leave her talks not only with knowledge, but with tangible skill sets. Inquire about bringing her to your event here.
She received her PhD in Human Sexuality Studies at Widener University, where her phenomenological research explored how women with anorexia nervosa make meaning of their experiences with sensual touch. The results of her work can be found in her groundbreaking ebook, Appetite. Melissa also holds an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality and a B.S. in English Education from Boston University.
With work recently named “smart” by Bon Appétit and “the future of health media” by Healthline, Melissa brings a fresh perspective to discussions on body politics.
She is white, cisgender, thin, middle-class, queer, and disabled and lives in Philadelphia with one amazing partner and two sweet cats.