This week, we're pleased to announce that Melody Wilding has joined the HITLAB team as research coordinator. Melody is taking over for the venerable Meg Griffin, who will move into a part-time research associate role while pursuing her master's in public health at The Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Melody comes to HITLAB with a background in social policy, aging, and research. As a professional social worker, Melody’s interests lie in understanding how technology affects mental health and physical outcomes, particularly within older adults and isolated populations.

Most recently, Melody has worked as a private web-development consultant with non-profit agencies in the New York area, helping organizations leverage “cloud” computing technology for sustainable social media & communications campaigns.

As a fellow of the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE), she implemented a comprehensive, internet-based networking portal to enhance resources for geriatric social workers. Melody has developed aging-competency training materials for healthcare staff, instructed master's-level social work classes, and led advocacy campaigns to support Medicaid home care services. She has also worked with older adults clinically in an assisted living and psychiatric setting.

Before entering the realm of social policy, Melody served as lab manager to the Rutgers University Human Development Lab, where she was active in cognitive psychology research, examining the formation of memory and personal stories.

Melody’s work has been recognized at several national conferences and she has won numerous awards in the field of psychology, research, public service, and scholarship.

She is excited to join HITLAB as research coordinator after earning her MSW from Columbia University's School of Social Work in 2011. Melody graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2009 with a BA in Psychology.