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Monday 23 November 2020, Novotel Hotel Parramatta

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Invited Speaker


Dr. Melissa Desroches

Dr. Melissa Desroches is a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Community Department of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she received her BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing.


She completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (2017-2018), earning a graduate certificate in disability and health policy from Suffolk University. She recently completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Melissa is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and the founding chair of its Research Council, as well as a board member for the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education. Her research mission is to reduce health disparities faced by people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and her current study, funded by the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses, explores nurses' perspectives about caring for hospitalized adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.