Alysse Melville, MSW, LCSW is interested in exploring the developmental pathways of early childhood maltreatment and adversity, particularly in regards to self-regulation, executive functioning, and attachment. Alysse is interested in identifying the physiological markers that are attributed to early adversity, including in-utero stress exposure, intergenerational experiences of trauma, childhood poverty, and pre-verbal exposure to abuse and neglect. She is committed to highlighting the need for trauma-focused, developmentally-appropriate assessment and intervention within early childhood populations. Alysse is focused on specific protective functions of early attachment relationships as potential points of intervention in restoring developmental trajectories and promoting resilience in trauma-exposed youth.
Alysse is a recipient of the Doris Duke fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being and her dissertation research focuses on: (1) understanding the link between early adversity exposure and self-regulation, and (2) identifying factors within the preschool environment that support maltreated and trauma-exposed children. Alysse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, and a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
University of Connecticut