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Psychological Researcher

Redford, MI
April 19, 2020

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Melani I. Mood, MA

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Paraprofessional, Teacher

Provide one-on-one support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and various Emotional Impairments in a school setting that is least restrictive; Provide facilitation to classrooms serving students of all ages and impairments.

09/2019-02/2020 Common Ground

Crisis Specialist

Provide comprehensive crisis intervention and support using Trauma-Informed Care via phone, chat and text, coordinate appropriate services for people in crisis, maintain accurate call/chat/text reports to appropriate guidelines; Use of Microsoft Teams in interoffice communications and meetings.

06/2019- 08/2019 Community Opportunity Center

Medical Coordinator

Oversee medical and psychological goals and progress for thirteen residents utilizing various resources, healthcare professionals, supporting staff and administration in an individually centered and holistic approach: Daily use of accuracy in documentation, problem-solving approach to arising issues, and highly ethical dedication to confidentiality.

09/2017-04/2019 Capella University

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department

Provide and promote successful student learning and research guidance through the development and oversight of several graduate-level psychology courses and weekly instruction.

2015-2019 National and Local Organizations

Grant Writing, Organizational Training, Presentations and Education

Research and write grants to win funding for addiction treatment and LGBT advocacy, research writing for policy changes and organizational revision, educate healthcare professionals in caring for underserved populations, present research findings to stakeholders and board directors, educate community, academia, and organizations about leading trends in addiction and LGBTQ treatments.

09/2013-01/2017 Middle Tennessee State University

Research Assistant, Psychology Department

Assist and promote psychology faculty and students in all stages of research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs, corresponding statistical testing and SPSS and Excel; Highly accurate and ethical work with data.

05/2011 – 08/2015 Medically-Assisted Opiate Recovery, Nashville, TN

Therapy Assistant, Researcher and Program Developer

Administrative and clinical responsibilities focusing on improving treatment outcomes through program development; grant writing and execution; client assessment; advocating and policy change.

06/2012 – 02/2013 Children and Family Services, Nashville, TN

M.S.W. Intern/Crisis Counselor

Engaged in all aspects of 24/7/365 crisis counseling hotline including resource assessment; suicide prevention; staff education and burn-out reduction; and facilitation of individual and group sessions.



Capella University; Minneapolis, MN 55 CU toward Ph.D. Addiction Psychology


Middle Tennessee State; Murfreesboro, TN Master of Arts Experimental Psychology, Cum Laude

*All ACA-required Social Work and Counseling courses added



Middle Tennessee State; Murfreesboro, TN B.S.

Psychology; Social Work (minor) Political Science; With Honors


2002 – Present

Freelanced Advocate, Grant Writer and Researcher


GMLA; EQMI; Trans Women of Color, Royal Oak, MI and National Organizations

Paraprofessional Teacher; Clinical Mental Health Advocate

Beacon Treatment Center; Southgate, MI

2016 – Present

Committee Member

LGBT Detroit/Affirmations/Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit, MI

2016 – Present

Victim Advocacy Volunteer


2013 - 2016

Equality Michigan, Ferndale, MI

Juvenile Advocate Educational/Psychological Support Staff

Juvenile Justice System; Rutherford County, TN

Inmate Advocate Intern

Department of Corrections, Nashville, TN; Department of Juvenile Justice Correct, Rutherford and Maury Counties, TN

2013 – 2015

Psi Chi Honors Society, President; Community Engagement Leader

Middle Tennessee State Social Work and Psychology Departments

2012 – 2013

Group Facilitator; “S.O.S.” (Survivors of Suicide)

Children and Family Services, Nashville, TN



In-depth knowledge of Substance Use Disorder and associated comorbid disorders among all age groups.

Experienced leader and team member within healthcare industry, documentation and administration.

Hands-on experience in all aspects of research with analytical approach to data.

Accomplished written and verbal presenter of research.

Proven competence in Microsoft Office (Word, Teams, Access, Excel, Skype).

Substantial evaluation within criminal justice, corrections and Drug/Mental Health Courts

Strong motivation, dedication, and ethics.

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