Melina Bersamin is a Senior Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley. Dr. Bersamin received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 and completed her doctoral degree in Human Development at the University of California, Davis in 2001.
Her research has focused on identifying the psycho-social predictors of adolescent risky behavior including early sexual initiation, casual sex, and alcohol abuse.
More recently, she has examined the direct and indirect role of structural and contextual factors on adolescent sexual behavior. To that end, she has investigated the relationship between access and availability of family planning clinics and adolescent sexual behaviors, as well as the short and long-term impact of school-based health centers on adolescent family planning behaviors and use of reproductive health care services.
She is also interested in better understanding the role of context on adolescent drinking behaviors and the use of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) as a tool to uncover the multiple factors that contribute to adolescent risky behavior.