Melissa L. Bessaha, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Maryland, (Social Work)
AREAS OF INTEREST
Social determinants of mental health among emerging adult immigrants; Social isolation and loneliness; Higher education equity; Emerging adult behavioral health services; Program evaluation
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Minority
Fellowship Program, provided through the Council on Social Work
Education (CSWE), 2015 – 2016
Bessaha, M.L., Solis, C., Franks, C., Yoon, J., Dualeh, D., Monroy-Caceres, H., Cuesta, G., & Rodriguez, E. (in press). Social work in higher education: Internships in opportunity programs. Teaching in Social Work
Bessaha, M. L., Schuler, B.R., & Moon, C.A. (2017). Social workers’ perceptions of training preparedness and social justice norms on workplace empowerment. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(2), 181-192.doi:10.1080/01488376.2016.1226228
Schuler, B.R., Bessaha, M.L., & Moon, C.A. (2016). Addressing secondary traumatic stress in the human services: A comparison of public and private sectors. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 40(2), 94-106. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2015.1124060
Bessaha, M. L. ,(2015). Factor structure of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6) among emerging adults. Research on Social Work Practice. doi: 10.1177/1049731515594425
Bright, C.L., Young, D., Bessaha, M. L., & Falls, B. (2015). Perceptions and outcomes following teen court involvement. Social Work Research, 39(3), 135-146. doi: 10.1093/swr/svv018
Klein, D. N. & Bessaha, M. L., (2009). Depressive and self-defeating personality disorders. In T. Millon, P.M. Blaney, & R.D. Davis (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology (pp. 738-751). New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Bessaha, M.L. & Ko, J. (2017, November). Behavioral health among emerging adults: College enrollment status, barriers to seeking services, and service utilization. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, 8th Biennial Conference, Washington, D.C.
Bessaha, M.L. & Fedina, L. (2017, November). Sociocultural predictors of psychological help-seeking behaviors among emerging adult immigrants: A systematic review. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, 8th Biennial Conference, Washington, D.C.
Bessaha, M.L., Shumway, M., Smith, M., Bright, C. L., & Unick, G. J. (2017, January). Predictors of hospital length and cost of stay in a national sample of adult patients with psychotic disorders. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), 21st Annual Conference: Ensure Healthy Development for all Youth, New Orleans, LA.