About Melissa Smith Catholic University

6Possessing a broad background in research, Melissa Smith has completed her studies as a clinical psychology doctor of philosophy candidate at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She will receive her degree in January 2014.

Melissa N. Smith’s academic focus encompassed topics related to culture, children, and families. An active contributor to her field, she has submitted and is preparing to submit research to a number of reputable academic journals, including Children and Youth Services Review and School Psychology Review.

She recently successfully defended her dissertation at the Catholic University of America. The dissertation pertained to foster youth and the benefits of life skills training. Her research apprenticeship, which was funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowship and completed in 2010, resulted in a thesis entitled “Mindfulness and Black Identity in African American College Students.”

When she is not providing psychotherapy or submitting research, the PhD candidate spends her free time pursuing activities such as gardening, traveling, and attending the opera.

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