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Bright, Melissa



Assistant Research Scientist,
Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
1345F Norman Hall
PO Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611-7052
Phone: 352-273-4243
Fax: 352-392-2655
mbright@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Dr. Bright’s multidisciplinary research focus is on child maltreatment and related social determinants of health and development. She is particularly interested in maltreatment prevention and intervention strategies in primary care and education settings. Her work has been supported by a maternal and child health workgroup grant, new investigator grants from both the American Psychosomatic Society and Academy Health, a research grant from Psi Chi, and a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Degrees

Ph.D., Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Georgia, 2012
Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, 2012

M.S., Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Georgia, 2010

B.S., Psychology, University of North Florida, 2007

Key Professional Appointments

Assistant Research Scientist, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2017–Present

Joint Assistant Research Scientist of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2017–Present

Assistant Research Scientist, Project Director, Institute for Child Health Policy, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2013–2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2012–2013

Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2010–2012

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2009–2012

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2008–2009

Activities and Honors

  • Academy on Violence and Abuse
  • Academic Pediatric Association Member at Large
  • Academic Pediatrics Association Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

Grants

Finkelhor, D. (Principal investigator), Bright, M. A. (PI, UF), Seraphine, A., Miller, D. Evaluating the Child Safety Matters Child Abuse and Bullying Prevention K-5 Curriculum. Monique Burr Foundation/Florida Attorney General’s Office. Award period 10/01/16–06/30/18. Award amount $122,000.

Shenkman, E. A. (Principal investigator), Bright, M. A. (Co-investigator, project director). MED147 Florida KidCare Evaluation. AHCA. Award period 07/01/15–06/30/18. Award amount $2,874,332.

Bright, M. A. (Principal investigator). Transition to Medicaid Managed Care: Impact on Health Quality for Foster Youth. AcademyHealth/Association for Community Affiliated Plans. Award period 01/01/15–12/31/15. Award amount $10,000.

Bright, M. A. (Co-principal investigator), Thompson, L. A. (Co-principal investigator). Adverse Childhood Experiences Maternal and Child Health Workgroup. Internal funding. Award period 10/15/14–10/15/15. Award amount $10,000.

Shenkman, E. A. (Principal investigator), Bright, M. A. (Co-investigator, project director). MED147 Florida KidCare Evaluation. AHCA. Award period 07/01/12–06/30/15. Award amount $1,591,950.

Knapp, C. (Principal investigator), Bright, M. A. (Research coordinator). COQUN Children’s Medical Service Network Evaluation. CMS/DOH. Award period 01/01/13–6/30/15. Award amount $811,948.

Bright, M. A. (Principal investigator) Frick, J. (Mentor). Baby, I’m Stressed! A Prospective Study of Cortisol and Cognitive Development. National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Award period 08/01/2009–05/01/12. Award amount $90,000.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Bright, M. A., Huq, M. S., Spencer, T., Applebaum, J. W., & Hardt, N. (2018). Animal cruelty as an indicator of family trauma: Using adverse childhood experiences to look beyond child abuse and domestic violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 76, 287-296.

Bright, M. A., & Thompson, L. A. (2018). Association of adverse childhood experiences with co-occurring health conditions in early childhood. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(1), 37-45.

Bright, M. A., Kleinman, L., Vogel, B., & Shenkman, E. (2017). Visits to primary care and emergency department reliance for foster youth: Impact of Medicaid managed care. Academic Pediatrics.

Hinojosa, M. S., Hinojosa, R., Nguyen, J., Bright, M.A., & University of Central Florida Child Health Research Group. (2017). Individualized education program development among racially/ethnically diverse children and adolescents with health vonditions. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(3), 583-592.

Naramore, R., Bright, M. A., Epps, N., & Hardt, N. S. (2017). Youth arrested for trading sex have the highest rates of childhood adversity: A statewide study of juvenile offenders. Sexual Abuse, 29(4), 396-410.

Bright, M. A., Knapp, C., Hinojosa, M. S., Alford, S., & Bonner, B. (2016). The comorbidity of physical, mental, and developmental conditions associated with childhood adversity: A population based study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(4), 843-853.

Bright, M. A., Thompson, L., Esernio-Jenssen, D., Alford, S., & Shenkman, E. (2015). Primary care pediatricians’ perceived prevalence and surveillance of adverse childhood experiences in low-income children. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(3), 686-700.

Baron-Lee, J., Bonner, B., Knapp, C., Bright, M. A., & Hinojosa, M. (2015). Factors associated with having a medical home for children at-risk of experiencing negative events: Results from a national study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(10), 2233-2242.

Bright, M. A., Alford, S. M., Hinojosa, M. S., Knapp, C., & Fernandez‐Baca, D. E. (2015). Adverse childhood experiences and dental health in children and adolescents. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology43(3), 193-199.

McCullough, C., Harding, H. G., Shaffer, A., Han, R. Z., & Bright, M. A. (2014). Intergenerational continuity of risky parenting: A person-oriented approach to assessing parenting behaviors. Journal of Family Violence, 29(4), 409-418.