Melissa Meinhart, MSW
Ms. Meinhart’s research interests include gender-conscious intervention modalities in the context of forced migration, with an emphasis on mental health and food security. Ms. Meinhart’s career in social work began while working with street children in Ghana. After returning to the U.S., she was a caseworker and direct-practice researcher for refugee resettlement before spending time at UNICEF focusing on gender-based violence in emergencies – whereby the countries of focus included Chad, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, and South Sudan. Ms. Meinhart completed her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work, where she focused on international social welfare policy. Since returning abroad full-time, Ms. Meinhart has worked in Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, Zambia, and, most recently, Iraq. Her most recent projects in Iraq focus on information sharing and mapping related to humanitarian response efforts for the displacement crisis.