Dr. Melissa ScardavilleDr. Melissa Scardaville is a sociologist who specializes in sociology of culture, organizations and health. Currently she is a Senior Research Associate at a public health research and evaluation firm in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Scardaville has extensive experience in qualitative interviews, having conducted, coded, and analyzed over 525 individual and cognitive interviews. Her methodological experience also includes the following: process and outcome evaluations, interviews with hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, developing and conducting trainings on qualitative data collection and analysis; developing quantitative and qualitative instruments for multi-site and longitudinal data collection; conducting participant observations; performing quantitative and qualitative content analysis; moderating focus groups; conducting literature reviews; managing data and performing quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis; writing reports; and presenting result.

She has also provided training and technical assistance to a diverse range of organizations, from universities to local mental health centers to the communities in the Navajo Nation. On multiple projects for Emory University, Dr. Scardaville has collected and analyzed employment statistics; taught qualitative data analysis techniques and created manual for qualitative analysis software package; and facilitated small group sessions on research design, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and participant observation. Dr. Scardaville frequently relies on numerous data sources and integrates multiple methods in order to produce comprehensive findings. Dr. Scardaville received her PhD in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.