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Melissa Colón, Research Analyst
Melissa Colón is Research Analyst for the implementation evaluation of the implementation evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) in Massachusetts (entitled the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative [MHVI]). She began her work on this project as a Neighborhood Fellow from the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy Planning at Tufts University. Prior to coming to Tufts, Melissa was the Associate Director of the Gastón Institute, an applied social policy research institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests include policy and program evaluation, community development, and schooling as a developmental context, specifically the educational experiences and trajectories of Black and Latino adolescents. Melissa employs socio-cultural and critical perspectives in her work to examine the lived experiences of children, families, and communities. She has BA in Education and History from Boston College, a Master's in Public Policy from Tufts University and is currently completing her doctorate in Child Studies and Human Development at Tufts University.
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