Melissa educates the community about the prevention of elder abuse and about resources available to help people MOVE OUT of a nursing home. She participates in local taskforces and coalitions to protect our elders. She earned a master’ s degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University and this foundation underpins her daily work. She loves translating complicated research findings to useful knowledge for her audiences. Her work to educate the community about elder abuse is funded through a grant from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.