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About Melissa L. Anderson

Melissa L. Anderson, Ph.D. is a psychologist and clinical researcher in the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry. She completed her graduate work at Gallaudet University, where she studied intimate partner violence and trauma in the Deaf community. At UMass, Melissa provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on best approaches for working with Deaf clients. She is the recent recipient of a Clinical Research Scholar Award (K12) administered by the UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science, with which she and a team of Deaf and hearing clinicians and community members are currently developing a digital American Sign Language therapy manual for treating trauma and addiction.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry
Present Psychologist and Clinical Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • NIDA/NIAAA Travel Award (2014)
  • Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology, American Psychological Association/American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (2012)
  • Graduate Student Achievement Award, Gallaudet University (2011)
  • Weiner Family Research Award, Gallaudet University (2010)
  • Larry G. Stewart Award, Gallaudet University (2010)

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01655


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