Melanie Sonsteng-Person

Melanie Sonsteng-Person is a first year PhD student in the Department of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles.Broadly, her research interest focuses on unaddressed trauma symptoms in violence-exposed youth, more specifically her aim is to identify key protective factors that lead to an increase in educational attainment and decrease in criminalization. Before coming to UCLA, Melanie worked in Boston, Brooklyn, and Detroit in the fields of violence prevention and education. She holds an MSW from Boston University and a BA in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.