Rocky Mountain MIRECC - Melanie Reed MS - MIRECC / CoE
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Rocky Mountain MIRECC - Melanie Reed MS

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 23 July 2018

Biography

Melanie ReedMelanie Reed MS
Title: Program Specialist
Contact information:
720-723-6810
melanie.reed2@va.gov
 
Melanie Reed received her M.S. in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Human Dimension research from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2014. Her education and research has focused on the role of social science in the management of natural resources and specifically how natural resources affect and are affected by human values, perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors in both urban and wilderness settings. Her thesis work was a collaborative effort with the National Park Service in Denali, Alaska conducted during the summer of 2013.
 
This research focused on identity construction and how living a subsistence lifestyle in rural Alaskan communities contributes to an individual’s sense of self and wellbeing. Graduate work at the University of Utah has included data analysis of rural island attachment to place and their perceptions on climate change. Additional University of Utah work has included data collection focusing on the economic impacts of tourism on both Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.
 
Melanie has also worked in various states across the nation, focusing primarily on management of natural and cultural resources by the National Park Service in Denali, Alaska, monitoring of subsistence fishing on the Tanana and Yukon Rivers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks, and on hydrology and watershed restoration projects with the Forest Service in both Montana and California. Melanie is interested in studying place attachment and human needs theories in relation to management of our natural resources.
 
Currently, Melanie is working as a Program Specialist for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC assisting with research projects focused on PTSD, TBI, and suicidal ideations in the Veteran population.

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