Melissa graduated in 2016 from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and a minor in Neuroscience and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in the Aphasia Research Project under Dr. Pelagie Beeson and has led group therapy session at the Aphasia Center of Tucson. Melissa has also worked as a clinical researcher in the UBRP Program under Dr. Robin Samlan in Dr. Scott Sherman’s neurology clinic where she helped start a new project looking at early voice changes in Parkinson’s Disease. Melissa has been interested in the understanding and treatment of brain injury since her mom had a stroke in 2008. She enjoys music, skiing, hammocking, and going to the beach.