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Biography

Biography

Dr. Melissa Zeligman is an assistant professor of counselor education in the Department of Counselor Education and School Psychology. Prior to completing her doctorate at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Zeligman served as a mental health counselor, working in agency, medical, legal, and high school settings. Her research focuses on trauma work- including the experience of posttraumatic growth, the experiences of clients living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, and clinical skill development for counselors-in-training. Dr. Zeligman is an active member of multiple divisions of the American Counseling Association, including ACES, AARC, and ASERVIC, where she currently serves as a board member and media committee chair.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Counselor Education
  • Trauma

Education

Ph.D., Counselor Education
University of Central Florida

Research

Research Interests

  • Mental health counseling interventions for clients living with chronic illness, particularly those living with HIV
  • Trauma and posttraumatic growth
  • Clinical skills training

Current Funded Projects

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Professionals

  • Principal Investigator: W. Bryce Hagedorn, Ph.D.
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Dayle Jones, Ph.D., Ann Shillingford, Ph.D., and Melissa Zeligman, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Award Period: 2021-2025
  • Total Award: $1,903,231

Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program

  • Principal Investigator: Dayle Jones, Ph.D.
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Gulnora Hundley, Ph.D., Melissa Zeligman, Ph.D., and W. Bryce Hagedorn, Ph.D.
  • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Award Period: 2020-2024
  • Total Award:$1,954,374
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