Melanie manages a portfolio of applied research and evaluation projects focused primarily in the areas of public health and children’s mental health. Since joining Wilder Research in 2006, she has worked with local nonprofit organizations, Foundations, county departments, and state agencies to conduct community needs assessments, process evaluations that focus on program implementation and system changes, and research projects that examine changes in individual outcomes and program impact. She is experienced using a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches, working within collaborative stakeholder groups, and assisting programs in using evaluation results to guide program improvement.
Before joining Wilder Research, Melanie worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness informing legislators on mental health issues, and as a case coordinator for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Melanie has a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Macalester College.