Melissa Dvorsky

Graduate Student


Melissa Dvorsky, M.S., is a doctoral student in the child/adolescent concentration of the clinical psychology program at VCU. Melissa received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Ohio University in 2010. She worked for two years as a research coordinator at the University of South Carolina before she began her graduate work at VCU in 2012. Melissa's research has focused on developmental psychopathology of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. She is particularly interested in examining positive social, familial and individual mechanisms that promote positive adjustment and protect against the risks and negative outcomes associated with ADHD.

Melissa recently received a $29,400 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to fund her dissertation work that focuses on protective factors during the transition to college for adolescents with and without ADHD. Melissa also has a strong interest in treatment outcome research, including developing and evaluating the efficacy of school-based interventions for ADHD.

She hopes to expand her research to incorporate findings about protective mechanisms into preventive interventions with treatment targets that focus on bolstering positive mechanisms to promote resilient development among youth with ADHD.