Melissa Ricks is a senior data tech for the Prospective Study of Infant Development (PSID) project and the Kids in Durham Study (KIDS). She also serves as the project coordinator for the Durham Health Census project. Ricks began working at the Center for Child and Family Policy in October 2009, initially as a research aide for the Fast Track project before becoming an research aide for PSID in January 2010.
While initially intending to pursue a vocation in law, Ricks’ career goals changed after volunteering as a reading partner with children who struggled with learning and reading disabilities at several Chapel Hill elementary schools. This spurred a desire to pursue a career path that would allow her to combine her interest in utilizing policy implementation in an effort to improve the wellbeing of at-risk children.
Ricks was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- B.A. English, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill