Melissa Hirschi, M.S.W.

Research Assistant

Photograph of: Melissa Hirschi, MSW, Research Assistant

As a research assistant, Melissa Hirschi brings more than 15 years of experience to the organization. She has worked on CAHPP’s Minority AIDS Initiative Retention and Re-Engagement Project, the SPECTRuM project with the Massachusetts Office of HIV/AIDS Department of Public Health, and with the Catalyst Center, focusing primarily on family financial hardship issues.

Previously, Melissa was a research tutor for MSW students and a research coordinator for a project that compiles state child welfare data at Boston University’s School of Social Work. She has also served as a clinical caseworker for the State of Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services. There, she was part of a specialized team focused on reunification of families, or finding alternative permanent placement for children who had been removed from their home.

Melissa has taught research methods to MSW students in classroom settings and online. She is currently working toward a PhD in Sociology and Social Work at Boston University. She also volunteers as a research coordinator for the Community-to-Community Mentoring Project with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Massachusetts.


  • Master of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work

  • PhD in Sociology and Social Work, Boston University (expected: 2015)


Moment of Pride

Was elected to serve as the PhD program representative to the Boston University Graduate Student Organization, and has held that post since 2012.

Fast Fact

Loves dogs of all kinds, especially big ones, and would most love to have a Great Dane.