Melissa holds a M.Sc. degree in Psychological Science with a concentration in Research Methods from the University of Limerick (Republic of Ireland). Previously, she obtained a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish Language from Temple University (United States). She also studied at the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2015.
Science-related Work Experience:
After completing both Bachelor’s degrees in 2016, Melissa went on to become a behavioural therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time, she used applied behaviour analysis to carry out specific behavioural interventions and provided one-on-one therapy. In 2017, she then went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychological Science, concentrating on Research Methods. During this time, Melissa worked on a variety of projects, ranging from the transcription and analysis of large qualitative data sets to the design of quantitative experiments and performance of advanced statistical analysis. She designed and led two experimental studies on existential, social psychology under the supervision of Dr. Eric Igou from the University of Limerick. She is currently an Early Stage Researcher on the PROTECTED project at Queens University, supervised by Prof Moira Dean. Her project’s purpose is to understand consumer perception of endocrine disruptors in the environment and food chain for the development of efficient risk communication strategies.
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Melissa also worked as a data collection agent for STATS, the world’s leading sports data and technology company. There, she used data feeds, video analysis, sports content, and research player tracking to collect data for the 2018 FIFA World Cup