Melissa joined the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies in February 2016 as a full time post-baccalaureate research assistant in the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory. She is primarily involved in Project IMPACT: An NIAAA funded clinical study focusing on using an iPhone paced-breathing app to reduce in the moment cravings in women with substance use disorders. She interacts with study participants weekly and assists in the coordination and implementation of the intervention. Melissa is currently completing her MSW, after which she hopes to lead and implement programs that focus on improving the lives of adolescents and families. In her spare time, Melissa loves to run and think about her pets.
BA, summa cum laude - University of Pennsylvania, Psychology (major) Cognitive Science (minor), 2015