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My name is Melissa Rodriguez. I am a Barnard College graduate (class of 2010) with excellent research skills and the ability to present findings cogently. After graduating from college, I worked as a data control assistant at Weill Cornell Medical College, where I worked with a group of physicians and nurses, and gained excellent training and experience formulating investigating multiple myeloma therapies in relapsed refractory patients. This position fostered the growth of my data coordinating skills, as I managed pharmaceutical and investigator initiated trials for nearly 200 multiple myeloma cancer patients. In fact, I was so successful in applying these skills that my supervisor asked me to coordinate the research and data for many clinical studies, as well as train new employees for the Myeloma service.
Since May of 2012, I have worked in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), first as a research study assistant and then as a predoctoral research fellow (T32 Award). There I worked on a number of studies developing and testing interventions for wide variety of patient and caregiver populations, while also pursuing my Masters of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology with a research methods concentration from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University. The interventions which I currently work include group and individual tobacco cessation programs for patients. Further, many of my team's other projects measure the impact of interventions on quality of life for populations that include advanced cancer patients and parents bereaved by cancer. Key accomplishments included writing my first author manuscript, and presenting abstracts at the Society of for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual conferences. My Master of Arts degree will be conferred in October 2014.
Recently, I was admitted to TC's doctoral program in Health and Behavior Studies (Health Education concentration). I believe a position at your organization would be a great opportunity for me as I continue my education at Teachers College, Columbia University.