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Melissa Bessaha

Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare

Dr. Melissa Bessaha has been a great mentor and inspiration to me. She is the first professor I had from the beginning of my MSW program at Stony Brook. This semester I have been included in her research project. She has continuously provided me with invaluable advice in directions I can take in my career as a social worker. She has been instrumental in helping me and other students search for job opportunities and ultimately assisted me in getting my current position at the Office of Proposal Development (OPD).

Dr. Bessaha is very supportive about job hunting after graduation and has given me helpful advice. She wants her students to learn and also obtain all the resources and skills they need to work in the field upon graduation. I know that I will always have someone that is willing to assist in any way that she can. Dr. Bessaha is an outstanding role model and I am grateful to have her as my professor.

– Kiriaki Gatanas

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