Meinhart Melissa PhotoMelissa Meinhart, PhD

Melissa Meinhart has a PhD in Social Policy from Columbia University’s School of Social Work with a social science concentration in economics. Her PhD dissertation integrated structural equation modeling to explore how latent class measurement of social support may be integrated within resiliency models among migrant populations at risk of depression. She is currently working as a consultant for Dr. Lindsay Stark as the project coordinator for a collaboration between Washington University and UNICEF to examine gender-based violence in emergencies through several research studies. Her ongoing research focuses on the measurement and examination of underlying constructs that influence gendered inequities and social discordance within humanitarian emergencies.

Research interests:

  • Gender based violence in humanitarian emergencies and among migrant populations
  • Resiliency frameworks
  • Econometric modeling
  • Social policy analysis
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Ilana Seff
Staff Scientist

Ilana Seff is a Staff Scientist at Washington University and a doctoral candidate in public health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Her dissertation research focuses on the quantitative measurement of social norms around intimate partner violence and explores innovative methods for generating proxy measures for these constructs. Her broader research interests and work focus on preventing violence against women and girls in humanitarian and low-resource setting, working with men and boys on gender equity and violence prevention, and the mental health of refugees’ and internally displaced peoples.