Melissa is a senior research director in the Health Sciences department at NORC at the University of Chicago. She has extensive experience in data collection management and data quality monitoring for in-person and web surveys, including for hard-to-reach populations such as teens and sexual and gender minorities. In addition, Melissa currently leads recruitment and implementation for AHRQ’s Safety Program for Telemedicine.
Melissa has managed multiple projects with adolescents for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including TAPS, a dyad survey of adolescents and their parents, and CovEx, a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on youth 5-19. She also led work with the Division of Violence Prevention to modernize the Dating Matters program to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ youth, and led the analytic program for START, a survey of adolescent men who have sex with men and transgender youth using social media for recruitment. Adding to her social media expertise, Melissa was project director for the Using Social Media for Recruitment in Cancer Prevention and Control Survey-Based Research Project, a series of surveys on cancer risk and preventive screening and testing using Facebook and Google for recruitment.
Melissa has co-authored papers and presentations on survey topics such as adolescent mental health, sexual orientation and gender development, physical measures data quality, and social media recruitment. Prior to NORC, she worked in school- and community-based health programs.
University of Illinois-Chicago
opens in new tab7. Mental Health and Suicide Risk Disparities among Sexual and Gender Minority Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from CDC’s Nationally-Representative COVID Experiences Surveys
Journal Article | April 1, 2022
opens in new tab"Substance Misuse and Condomless Sex among Transgender Youth."
Journal Article | October 13, 2021
opens in new tab"Association of Children's Mode of School Instruction with Child and Parent Experiences and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic—COVID Experiences Survey, United States, October 8-November 13, 2020."
Journal Article | April 23, 2021
opens in new tab"Awareness and Willingness to Use Biomedical Prevention Strategies for HIV among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Results from a National Survey."
Journal Article | January 10, 2021
opens in new tabChapter Three Meeting Youth Where They Are: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Social Media Recruitment for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
Chapter | January 1, 2021
opens in new tab"Meeting Youth Where They Are: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Social Media Recruitment for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth."
Book | December 28, 2020
opens in new tab"Social Media Recruitment for a Web Survey of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: An Evaluation of Methods Used and Resulting Sample Diversity."
Journal Article | November 9, 2020
opens in new tab"Evaluating the Data Quality of a National Sample of Young Sexual and Gender Minorities Recruited Using Social Media: The Influence of Different Design Formats."
Journal Article | June 12, 2020