Melissa Dvorsky

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Doctoral Student
Clinical Program
(Child/Adolescent)
dvorskymr@vcu.edu

Research labs:

Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development and
Promoting Adolescent School Success

Faculty adviser: Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.

I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio University in 2010. I worked for two years as a research coordinator at the University of South Carolina before I began my graduate work at VCU in 2012. My research has focused on developmental psychopathology of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. I am particularly interested in examining positive social, familial and individual mechanisms that promote positive adjustment and protect against the risks and negative outcomes associated with ADHD.

I received a $29,400 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to fund my dissertation work that focuses on protective factors during the transition to college for adolescents with and without ADHD. I also have a strong interest in treatment outcome research, including developing and evaluating the efficacy of school-based interventions for ADHD.

I hope to expand my research to incorporate findings about protective mechanisms into preventive interventions with treatment targets that focus on bolstering positive mechanisms to promote resilient development among youth with ADHD. 

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