Melissa Ross, PsyD

Melissa Ross

Melissa Ross, PsyD

Melissa Ross, PsyD, serves as the Associate Director of Research Partnerships and Impacts and a project director for the center’s community engagement and evaluation work. She received her clinical training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology.  As Associate Director, she establishes and cultivates research partnerships, manages the center’s faculty/staff/student research and teaching program and supports the Associates’ engagement in research, scholarship and student instruction. Melissa leverages her considerable experience in sponsor relations and project management in her role as program director. She serves as the lead project manager for a variety of capacity building and evaluation projects for the center.

She managed a large scale, multi-county professional development and coaching effort called Partnerships for Success from 2002 -2010. This signature project served more than 50 collaboratives and was designed to increase the capacity of community organizations to effectively collaborate to achieve priority youth and family outcomes. Products and lessons learned from this project serve as the basis for her current work.  Prior to accepting her current position with The Ohio State University, Melissa served as a Deputy Superintendent of Programs for the Ohio Department of Youth Services. While in that position she oversaw all social, health, education, religious and recreational programming for a 240-bed correctional institution that served youth aged 12 to 21.

Research Interests

  • Adolescent and At-Risk Youth
    • Risk and protective factors
  • Behavioral Aspects of Health
    • Interventions that promote health and wellness
  • Community/Youth Development and Organizations
    • Community planning for health and social services
    • Policy development
    • Program evaluation
  • Family and Community Human Services
    • Planning and evaluation to promote effective health and wellness services
  • Translational Research