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Melissa Engel

Doctoral Student
B.A., Psychology, Emory University, 2017

Interests: Stress, developmental psychopathology, resilience 

Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science


Melissa Engel is a first year graduate student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science special training track. She graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Science, Culture & Society. At Emory, Melissa worked as a research assistant in the Biosocial Underpinnings in Learning and Development Lab, where she completed her honors thesis, which longitudinally examined somatic complaints, internalizing symptoms, and maternal psychopathology in early childhood.

Melissa is interested in the intersection of children’s physical and psychosocial health and has also had research experiences in the Gastroenterology Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Healthy Families Lab at DePaul University. At the ICD, Melissa hopes to explore resilience and stress reactivity, as they relate to children’s health. Ultimately, she hopes to use a developmental psychopathology framework to design and implement evidence-based treatments for children with chronic illnesses. A certified yoga instructor, Melissa is especially intrigued by mindfulness-based interventions.