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Melissa L. Harry, MSW, LCSW

Melissa L. Harry
Education

BA, The College of St. Scholastica; MSW, University of Minnesota Duluth

 
 
 
 
Career Goals

Melissa's career goals include:

  • Continuing her research with adolescents and young adults with disabilities, as well as with people with disabilities of all ages.
  • Emphasizing participatory and community-based methods combined with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research as appropriate.
  • In her teaching, emphasizing the NASW code of ethics, social and economic justice, and disability issues.
  • Integrating classroom learning with practice and community-based projects in a wide range of social work courses, from research methods to policy and human behavior. 
Research Interests

Participant-directed home and community-based services for people living with disabilities; program and intervention evaluation; adolescent and young adult experiences with chronic health conditions and social engagement; participatory action research; community-based research; policy outcomes

Publishable Paper Title

Long-term Experiences in Participant-Directed Home and Community-Based Services for Young Adults with Disabilities (Successfully defended 2014)

Dissertation Title

Short-term Outcomes for Young Adults with Disabilities in Participant-Directed Home and Community-Based Services

Organization Affiliations

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; The Society for Social Work and Research; National Association of Social Workers; Council on Social Work Education

Awards and Fellowships

Boston College Doctoral Fellowship; graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Scholastica; recipient of two financial awards for academic achievement from the University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social Work. 

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant (2015): SCWK 9960 Statistical Analysis in Social & Behavioral Research
Teaching Assistant (2014): SCWK 8841 Program Evaluation
Guest Lecturer (2014): SCWK 7747 Research Methods
Teaching Assistant (2013): SCWK 7747 Research Methods

Research Experience

Research Assistant (2015): Talent Management Study, Boston College Center on Aging and Work.

Research Assistant and Project Coordinator (2012-2014): Participatory Action Research on the Long Term Experiences of Participant Direction for Adults with Disabilities, Boston College and the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services;

Co-Principal Investigator (2012-2014): Participatory Action Research on the Long Term Experience of Participant Direction for Young Adults with Severe Disabilities, Boston College and the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services;

Co-Principal Investigator (2009-2010): Outcomes in an Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, University of Minnesota Duluth and Essentia Health-Duluth;

Publications

Harry, M. L., Kong, J., MacDonald, L., McLuckie, A., Battista, C., Mahoney, E., … Mahoney, K. J. (in press). The long-term effects of participant direction of supports and services for people with disabilities. Care Management Journals.

Additional Experience

Vice President, University of Minnesota Duluth Master of Social Work Student Association

Selected Presentations

Harry, M. (January, 2015). Cross-cultural equivalence of the CES-D with Native American/Alaskan Native and White youth over the transition to adulthood. Poster session at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Harry, M., Battista, C., Kong, J., MacDonald, L., L Mahoney, E., Mahoney, K., & McLuckie, A. (January, 2015). Participatory action research with people with disabilities self-directing home and community-based services. Workshop session at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.

Harry, M., Battista, C., MacDonald, L., Mahoney, E., Mahoney, K., & McLuckie, A. (June, 2014). Home and community-based services for young adults with disabilities: A participant direction approach. Poster session at the 138th AAIDD Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Mahoney, K., Battista, C., Harry, M., Kong, J., MacDonald, L., & McLuckie, A. (June, 2014). The long-term effects of participant direction of supports and services for people with disabilities. Poster session at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Testa, D., Harry, M., & Moorelock, J. (May, 2013). The pedagogy of mixed methods research. Paper presented at the Ninth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.