Collaboration Yields OVPR Seed Grant Award for Two SSW Professors

Seeking Participants for Research Study


Melissa L. Bessaha, PhD, LMSW, MA, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Families, Youth, & Transition to Adulthood Specialization and Miguel Munoz-Laboy, DrPH, Associate Professor, have been awarded an OVPR Seed Grant. The project is entitled, "Building a Network of Community Organizations and Local Health Agencies to Prevent Loneliness Among Recent Migrant Youth and Emerging Adults".

Research seed funding awards are competitively awarded and help faculty more successfully advance research proposals by pursuing new directions or collaborations in research, and other endeavors. 

Drs. Bessaha and Munoz-Laboy look forward to starting this important work! If you know of, or work with, any organizations or agencies providing services to recent migrant youth and emerging adults, ages 15 to 29, on Long Island or the New York metro area, that might be interested in being part of this network, please email: and
Please click the link at top of page to participate in this important study!