BA in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, MSW from Boston University
Areas of Interest:Community Violence Exposure, Mental Health/Criminal Justice/Educational Disparities among Violence Exposed Youth, School Based Trauma Interventions, Trauma Exposure Response (Secondary Trauma)
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.