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Melissa Villodas

Ph.D. Student
Research Assistant

Melissa Villodas


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building


325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Melissa is a third-year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She received her MSW in 2015 from New York University and her BA in English writing from Nyack College in 2012.

Melissa’s clinical training is in trauma informed evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with mental health challenges. Before arriving at UNC-CH, Melissa worked as a clinical therapist for a treatment family foster care program in NYC and as the project director for the Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Research Group at New York University.

Melissa currently works as a research assistant with Dr. Amy Blank Wilson on a novel NIMH-funded R34 project evaluating an intervention for justice involved individuals with serious mental illness and on a demonstration project developing a Tiny Homes Village for individuals living with mental illness.

Melissa is interested in understanding neighborhood effects on adolescent mental health and development and the role of community connection on the health of marginalized groups.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, New York University
BA, Nyack College



Research and Professional Interests

Mental Health
Youth and Young Adults
Neighborhood Effects
Social Connection