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Melissa Tucker
Consultant , Self
Boston, United States
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist with 7 years experience in disaster preparedness/response, program evaluations, qualitative research, developing culturally specific community workshops and training manuals for INGOs. Interest in role of mental health psychosocial support in development efforts such as livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
6 years experience with needs assessment, program evaluation, mapping, and qualitative research; 4 years experienced in clinical settings as therapist for individuals and groups, focusing on trauma, and also in crisis stabilization inpatient units; 3 years experience in community outreach and mobilization, curriculum development and training for trauma effected communities and refugee and immigrant communities; 1 year experience in Program Management. Able to manage and track budgets, coordinate and write grant proposals, and publish peer reviewed articles. Successful in building relationships with community members and local organizations, as working across sector through local NGOs and UN agencies.

Successfully supported work in contexts including: Nepal, Haiti, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Northern Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

Willing travel and possibly relocate.
Masters degree in International Disaster Psychology, focusing on mental health and psychosocial support approaches to complex humanitarian emergencies, including natural disaster and conflict settings. Coursework and practicums focused developing clinical theory and skill, research and program evaluation, public health approaches, and human rights issues. Additional coursework completed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, through Fordham University, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute- Virtual Team Collaborator
American Psychological Association- Member Board member

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United States
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