Melanie Prasad-Dehaney, MS, NBC-HWC


With over 20 years of experience in person-centered planning, Melanie is passionate about helping people identify what is truly important to them so they can discover their personal pathways to greater health and wellness. Through her work with diverse populations, including people with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, professional athletes, medical and business professionals, Melanie gained a deep appreciation for the client’s inner wisdom. She considers herself equal parts teacher, coach and lifelong learner. Melanie’s philosophy is Learn, Grow, Transform! In addition to being an instructor and mentor with the Emory Health and Wellness Coaching program, she enjoys teaching Psychology and was named Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Gwinnett Technical College in 2017, and was nominated again in 2019. Melanie is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and is dedicated to raising the profile of health and wellness coaching as a profession. Since 2017, she has been an item writer for the Health and Wellness Coaching Certifying Exam and has taken part in several committees with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), reviewing and approving exam items. Melanie currently serves on the Program Approval Commission for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).

Melanie maintains a private coaching and consulting practice, Design It… LIVE IT!!!, where she specializes in entrepreneurs seeking to gain clarity, focus and purpose in their business and in life. Her experience also includes coaching clients managing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety, pain management and cancer, as well as career changers, new parents and caregivers. Professor Melanie was featured on CNN. Here is the newsreport about wellness coaching.

Her previous work includes hospital-based, clinical research at Johns Hopkins University in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Neurology, Service Coordinator for adults with disabilities and Case Manager for the outpatient sports rehab clinic at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Melanie has a Master of Science in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. She also completed the Emory Health Coach Certificate program, WellCoaches, Koru Mindfulness teacher training, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Professionals. Melanie is currently a student in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Learning, Leadership and Organization development program at the University of Georgia.