Director, Children and Families Research Program
- PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
- MS, Developmental Psychology, Illinois State University,
- BS, Psychology, Illinois State University
Melissa Dolan, PhD, directs the Children and Families research program in RTI’s Survey Research Division and serves as the project director for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being– the first and only national study to examine the well-being outcomes of children and families involved in the child welfare system. She also serves as associate project director on the Domestic Human Trafficking and Child Welfare Population project – an effort examining how children involved in the child welfare system may be at greater risk for sex and/or labor trafficking experiences. Dr. Dolan is a developmental psychologist with more than 15 years of experience designing and directing large national data collection projects, site-based studies, and organizational contacting efforts. Her works focuses on longitudinal data collection with vulnerable populations and on sensitive topics.