Trainees & Interns

Melissa Duguay, MA
UCLA Family STAR Clinic & UCLA FOCUS Early Childhood Program (FOCUS-EC)

Melissa is a clinical psychology doctoral student from Pepperdine University, where she also obtained her Master’s in Psychology. Melissa’s research interests center around trauma psychology, including intergenerational trauma and resilience with a special focus on Military and Veteran populations. Melissa’s dissertation examines the effects of family communication, cohesion, and religious coping in the prevalence of psychological symptoms in the offspring of Holocaust survivors. After graduation in May 2017, Melissa hopes to continue working with Military and Veteran populations within research and clinical capacities. Specifically, her goals are to conduct research in trauma psychology and traumatic resilience to provide quality, culturally competent, clinical assessment and therapeutic services to individuals and families.

Melissa, a serious dog lover, has a rescue dog named Remy who is 3 years old.

Sheila Modir, MSW
UCLA Family STAR Clinic

Sheila is a clinical psychology doctoral student from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to entering her doctoral program, she received her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles with a concentration in Mental Health Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups. Sheila’s research interests include understanding the impact of trauma on mental health, identifying risk and resilience factors, and developing and evaluating interventions to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Her previous research focused on the trauma of experiencing interpersonal and institutional discrimination and the impact that it has had on ethnic minorities’ functioning across social, emotional, and academic domains. After graduation in May 2017, Sheila hopes to continue conducting research on diverse populations and providing accessible, quality psychotherapeutic services to overlooked communities.