Melanie Carlson

Melanie Carlson is a first year doctoral student in the School of Social Work. Her research interests encompass the phenomenon of gender based violence and how to create impactful preventative tools, as well as evidence based interventions. Of particular interest is the exploration of the impact of trauma informed social services when there is compounded trauma over a survivor's life span. Additionally, Melanie is interested in creating interventions for survivors that account for structural barriers and multimorbidity from an intersectional perspective that fosters optimum resiliency in survivors.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Melanie worked as a Safehouse Client Services Counselor at Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington, VA for 3 years serving survivors of domestic violence and/or homelessness. In total, Melanie has recently served clients in various shelters for nearly 5 years and provided support in multiple capacities.

Initially, Melanie will be working with Dr. Carrie Moylan to explore effective interdisciplinary professional collaboration for victims of crime.

Email: 
carls445@msu.edu
Interests: 

Phenomenon of gender based violence and how to create impactful preventative tools; exploration of the impact of trauma informed social services when there is compounded trauma over a survivor's life span; creating interventions for survivors that account for structural barriers and multimorbidity from an intersectional perspective that fosters optimum resiliency in survivors