PhD in Public Health, Georgia State University, 2018
MPH in Epidemiology, Georgia State University, 2012
BA in Sociology, Berry College, 2007
Melissa Osborne is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development working under Dr. Shannon Self-Brown and Dr. Daniel Whitaker. In this role she focuses on the data analyses of two large grants: a PCORI-funded comparative-effectiveness trial of SafeCare®, an intervention targeting child physical abuse and neglect, and a SAMSHA service grant evaluating mental health treatment for sex trafficked youth. Prior to completing her PhD, Melissa was a research coordinator, managing two federally-funded studies that tested adaptations of SafeCare using technology. In addition to coordinating the projects she also participated in the dissemination of findings through publications and conference presentations. Melissa later held an appointment as an ORISE Fellow at the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis. In this fellowship, she primarily conducted a systematic review on universal screening of hepatitis C among adults. She also completed analyses with nationally representative data from the National Health Interview Survey to estimate hepatitis C testing rates among young adults.
In addition to this work, Melissa also has an interest in firearm research with the goal of better understanding risk and protective factors associated with firearms and violence, especially violence among children and youth. Her dissertation work examined in-home firearm access and parent-child relationship quality as potential mediators in the relation between early child maltreatment victimization and weapon carrying in adolescence.