Before returning to Swarthmore as a staff member, Melissa (class of ’14) worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) at Columbia University and at a non-profit research organization, the Harmony Institute. At CRED, Melissa assisted with a broad range of experimental projects aimed at uniting psychological and other behavioral science research with sustainable management and policy. At the Harmony Institute, Melissa led projects to investigate the impact of media exposure on perceptions of climate change. During her time as a student at Swarthmore, Melissa pursued academic interests in social psychology, mental health, and climate justice. She also worked as a Student Academic Mentor (SAM), wrote for The Psych Report, and participated in several student environmental organizations and initiatives.