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Psychology professor publishes

Melissa Paiva-Salisbury, assistant professor in Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Psychology, co-authored an article that appeared in the summer edition of Trauma Psychology News.

Paiva-Salisbury and Sara L. Buckingham, an assistant professor at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, co-wrote “Enhancing Evidence-Based Interventions for Refugees” about the refugees from various nations who have resettled in Vermont.

From the article: “Numerous refugees from diverse nations have resettled in Vermont. New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) provides comprehensive mental health, social work, and legal services to refugees. As doctoral clinical psychology interns, we provide culturally-informed, linguistically-appropriate, evidence-based intervention services. In this article, we detail how efficacious interventions for torture and trauma have been adapted for refugee populations and integrated into multidisciplinary care.”

Paiva-Salisbury earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont, and a Master's of Arts in forensic psychology from Roger Williams University. She recently completed her APA-accredited internship at the University of Vermont. Through the Connecting Cultures program at UVM, she incorporated Acceptance and Commitment Therapeutic frameworks into evidenced-based behavioral based approaches for survivors of torture, refugees and asylum-seekers. Clinically, she is interested in forensic assessment, the dissemination of evidenced-based approaches, and the incorporation of mindfulness into evidenced-based approaches. Her current research interests include the heterogeneity within psychopathy, callous-unemotional traits and the exploration of construct measurement.

She joined the psychology department this fall of 2017.

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