Michelle Marzullo, Professor and Chair of the Human Sexuality online PhD at CIIS Michelle Marzullo

Professor and Program Chair
Human Sexuality
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, American University, Washington, DC

MA, San Francisco State University; BA, Western Connecticut State University

Michelle A. Marzullo is a practicing anthropologist and academic. Dr. Marzullo holds a PhD in Anthropology concentrating in race, gender and social justice, a Master's degree in Human Sexuality Studies, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. Her work generally centers on social and economic justice issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) populations as well as youth/young adult populations. She has engaged a wide range of studies including policy, programmatic, public health, organizational effectiveness, and marketing research with Fortune 100 companies.

Over her 17 year career, she has been involved in research projects examining: the impact of neoliberalism on decisions to marry in the US; barriers to higher education for US LGBTQ students (longitudinal); the generational uptick in support for the US marriage equality movement; evaluating tobacco prevention health communications national campaigns aimed at youth, multicultural teens and LGBT young adults; the effects of tobacco exposure on reproduction; youth experiences in a Gay-Straight Alliance High School Clubs; LGBT youth experiences in the US foster care system; and HIV/AIDS treatment effectiveness. She also has subject matter expertise in the areas of Diversity and Inclusiveness, the Affordable Care Act, talent selection, succession planning, workforce planning and organizational design projects for transactions (M&A), and transformations through her work at Ernst & Young (EY).

Dr. Marzullo has taught at both public and private universities. She has also developed and delivered professional curricula and workshops in corporate learning and development (L&D) settings. She has worked on research and demonstration projects for a range of organizations, such as Ernst & Young, the Point Foundation, Center for Tobacco Products at the US Food and Drug Administration through Rescue Social Change Group, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Child Welfare League of America, California Department of Public Health's Program Development and Evaluation Unit (CDPH) through the Sequoia Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through Partnership for Prevention, Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research, the California Gay Straight Alliance Policy Project, National Sexuality Resource Center, and Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality.

She has managed multiple, overlapping projects throughout all stages of the research process, including: designing research protocols, questionnaires and facilitator guides; obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals; monitoring field data collection; cleaning and coding data; devising analysis plans (descriptive and inferential); working with programmers/statisticians; developing final reports; and delivering client presentations in various formats from presentation decks to topline/executive summaries using infographics. Experience conducting online surveys, including monitoring with Google Analytics, use of Facebook Interest-Based-Targeting to drive survey responses, and development of Online Survey Development SOPs for technology partners.

Dr. Marzullo is also adept at managing research project stakeholders including: research participants, stakeholders with decision-making authority (Boards of Directors, Presidents, Executive Directors, etc.), statisticians, interdisciplinary global teams, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), web developers, proofreaders, programming/analytics teams, designers, social media specialists, and laboratory staff.

Dr. Marzullo is honored to be a past recipient of the American University College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, a Point Foundation Scholarship, the St. Clair Drake Grant from the Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA), the Carlos Enrique Cisneros Scholarship for LGBT students of distinction attending American University, Genentech's Out & Equal Scholarship, and the Grant Larsen Fellowship at San Francisco State University. Dr. Marzullo has been featured on CNN, in the Washington Post, the Advocate, and she regularly provides expert advice to various media requests. When she is not working, she can be found walking her dogs Samson and Delilah in open fields and trying to recreate meals she eats in restaurants.


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