Melissa Washington-Nortey

Job role: 
Post-doctoral research associate
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Brief Biography: 

Melissa obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana in Accra-Ghana, completed an International Master’s Degree in Child Development at the University of Haifa, Israel, and completed my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. In August 2021, Melissa joined King’s College London as a post-doctoral project manager for the SPARK grant. She has a growing expertise in using culturally appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research strategies to unearth factors influencing child developmental trajectories in varied geographical contexts. Melissa has taught courses in Developmental Psychology as an adjunct faculty in the Developmental Psychology department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She also worked as a postdoc in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at VCU.

Regions of interest: 
North America
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Minority populations
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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SPARK: SuPporting African communities to increase the Resilience and mental health of Kids with developmental disorders and their caregivers

Community-based identification of children with developmental disabilities and implementation of the WHO Caregiver Skills Training programme delivered by non-specialists.
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Families and carers
Child behavioural and developmental disorders
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