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Melissa Ricks Martin

Research Analyst, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy


Melissa Ricks Martin is a research analyst at the Center for Child and Family Policy.

She previously served at the Center as the project coordinator for the Durham Health Census project. She also worked as a senior data tech for the Prospective Study of Infant Development (PSID) project and the Kids in Durham Study (KIDS). Martin began working at the Center in October 2009, initially as a research aide for the Fast Track project before becoming a research aide for PSID in January 2010.

While initially intending to pursue a vocation in law, Martin’s career goals changed after volunteering as a reading partner with children who struggled with learning and reading disabilities at several Chapel Hill elementary schools. This spurred a desire to pursue a career path that would allow her to combine her interest in utilizing policy implementation in an effort to improve the wellbeing of at-risk children.

Martin was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.