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Melissa BessahaAssociate Professor; Chair of Families, Youth, and Transition to Adulthood SpecializationSchool of Social Welfare


Dr. Melissa Bessaha’s research, teaching and practice focuses on promoting the mental health and wellbeing of youth and young adults. Her scholarly work is dedicated to informing culturally responsive practice interventions and policies to ameliorate barriers to mental health services and higher education.


  • PhD in Social Work, University of Maryland
  • MSW (Master of Social Work), New York University
  • MA in Psychology, Stony Brook University
  • BS, Stony Brook University