Melissa Commisso received her BA in Honours Psychology, with distinction, from Concordia University in 2018. During her BA, she remained on the dean’s list and won two Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Awards (2016 & 2017).
Under the supervision of Dr. Geoffroy and Dr. Temcheff, her MA thesis uses the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Kindergarten Children to (a) describe joint trajectories of internalizing and externalizing problems across childhood and its early-life predictors and (b) examine how these trajectories are associated with mental health problems including suicide attempts in adulthood. She hopes that her research can further the understanding of factors that contribute to the co-development of childhood behavior problems and its long-term consequences on adult functioning.
Her MA is currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Master’s Scholarship (2019-2020).