Faculty Profile

Dr. Melissa D. McKee, M.D.

Melissa D. McKee, M.D.

Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Professional Interests

Education & Training

Originally from Kentucky, Dr. M. Diane Mckee attended Cornell University where she studied cultural anthropology. She received the MD from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and completed residency at the Brown University program in Pawtucket, RI in 1992.

Professional Activity

Dr. Mckee joined the Department of Family and Social Medicine in 1992. She is currently a clinician investigator in the Division of Research. 

Dr. Mckee began in the department as full time clinician at Valentine Lane Family Practice. She has seen patients (30% of the time) at Williamsbridge Family Practice (WBFP) since September 2001. She mentors students and residents in their research projects. She has been a regular preceptor for the Family Medicine residents, and is actively involved in the third year clerkship, coordinating students at WBFP. In 1994, she was one of the first group of fellows in the Faculty Development Fellowship. Upon completing the fellowship, she joined the Division of Research where she has continued to develop research skills. In May of 2000 she completed a two-year Master’s Program in Clinical Research Methods.

Dr. Mckee enjoys the range of clinical practice in Family Medicine, including inpatient medicine. She has a particular focus on women’s health issues, including management of abnormal cervical cytology.  Her research interests reflect this focus on women’s health. She recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson General Physicians’ Faculty Scholar Award. The project used qualitative and quantitative methods to explore barriers that adolescent girls face in starting gynecologic care. As director of the department’s Practice-Based Research Network (NYCRING), she is involved in coordinating and facilitating a wide range of practice-based research and quality improvement, with the goal of informing and improving practice for the urban underserved.

Teaching Interests

  • Management of Abnormal Pap Smears
  • Women's Health Maintenance
  • Contraception
  • Research Methods

Selected Publications



McKee MD, Steiner-Grossman P, Burton W, Mulvihill M. Quality of Student Learning and Preceptor Productivity in Urban Community Health Centers.  Family Medicine 1998;30(2):108-12. 


McKee MD, Lurio J, Marantz P, Burton W,  Mulvihill M.  Barriers to Follow-up of Abnormal Pap Smears in an Urban Community Health Center.  Archives of Family Medicine 1999;8:129-34.


McKee MD, Mills L, Mainous AG.  Antibiotic Use for Treatment of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in a Diverse Community.  Journal of Family Practice  1999;48:993-96.


McKee MD, Cunningham M, Jankowski K, Zayas L.  Health-Related Functional Status in Pregnancy: Relationship to Depression and Social Support in a Multi-Ethnic Population.  Obstetrics and Gynecology  2001;97:988-93.


McKee MD, Schechter C, Burton W, Mulvihill M.   Predictors of Follow-up of Atypical and ASCUS Pap Smears in a High Risk Population.  Journal of Family Practice 2001;50:609.


Zayas L, McKee MD, Cunningham M, Jankowski K.  Perinatal Depression in an Urban Primary Care Population.  Women’s Health Issues 2001;12:16-22.


Bonuck KA, Arno PS, Memmott MM, Freeman K, Gold M, McKee D.  Breast-feeding Promotion Interventions: Good Public Health and Economic Sense.  Journal of Perinatology, 2002;22(1):78-81.


McKee MD, Caban A, Burton W, and Schechter C.  Women’s Knowledge and Experience of Atypical Pap Results in a High Risk Community.  Women and Health 2002;36:27-31.


Karasz A, McKee MD, Roybal K. Women’s Experiences of Abnormal Cervical Cytology: Illness Representations, Care Processes and Outcomes.  Annals of Family Medicine, 2003;1:196-202.


Zayas L, Jankowski JK, Mckee MD.  Prenatal and Post-Partum Depression Among Low-Income Urban Latinas.  Hispanic Journal Of Behavioral Sciences 2003;25(3):370-85.


McKee MD, Zayas L, Jankowski K.  Predictors of Breastfeeding Intention and Initiation Among Urban Minority Women.  Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 2004;22:167-181.


Zayas L, McKee MD, Jankowski KB.  Adapting Psychosocial Intervention Research to Urban Primary Care Environments: A Case Example.  Annals of Family Medicine, 2004;2(5):504-508


McKee MD, Karasz A, Weber C.  Health Care Seeking among Urban Minority Adolescent Girls: The Crisis at Sexual Debut.  Annals of Family Medicine, 2004;2(6):549-54.


Zayas L, McKee MD, Jankowski K.  Parenting Competency Across Pregnancy and Post-Partum Among Urban Minority Women.  Journal of Adult Development, 2005;12(5):53-62.


Bonuck K, Freeman K, Trombley M, McKee MD. A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Pre-and Post-Natal Lactation Consultant Intervention Upon Duration and Intensity of Breastfeeding Up to 12 Months. Pediatrics 2005;116(6):1413-1426.


Mainous AG III, Cheng AY, Garr RC, Tilley BA, Everett CJ, McKee MD. Antibiotic importation and acquisition without a prescription by Latinos: Conflict of health beliefs and practices with judicious antibiotic use. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2005;11(6):883-888.


Cohrssen A, Anderson M, Merrill A, McKee MD. Reliability of the Whiff Test in Clinical Practice. Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 2005;18:561-562.


Boyd R, Zayas L, McKee MD.  Mother Infant Interaction, Life Events, and Prenatal and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms Among Urban Minority Women in Primary Care. Maternal Child Health Journal, 2006;10(2):139-148.


McKee MD, Karasz A. “You have to give her that confidence”: Conversations about Sex in Hispanic Mother-Daughter Dyads. Journal of Adolescent Research, 2006;21(2): 158-184.


McKee MD, Zayas L, Jankowski K, Fletcher, J.  Outcomes of an Intervention to Decrease Depression Among Pregnant Minority Women.  Journal of Social Services Research, in press.


McKee, MD, Fletcher J, Schechter C. Predictors of Timely Initiation of Gynecologic Care among Urban Adolescent Girls. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006;39(2):183-191. 


McKee MD, O’Sullivan LF, Weber C. Mothers’ and Daughters’ Perspectives on Confidential and Reproductive Health Care for Urban Minority Adolescent Girls. Annals of Family Medicine, in press.

McKee MD, Fletcher J. Primary Care for Diverse Urban Adolescent Girls: Confidential Care and Foregone Care.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, accepted.

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