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Melissa Zeligman

Assistant Professor    

B.A. in Psychology, University of North Florida, 2006
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Rollins College, 2009
Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Central Florida, 2014


Mental health counseling interventions for working with the chronically ill, particularly those living with HIV/AIDS
Trauma, including medical trauma
Client meaning making
Constructivist approaches to counseling, teaching and supervision


Melissa Zeligman is an assistant professor of mental health counseling in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. Her scholarly work focuses on mental health interventions for the chronically ill, particularly those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as trauma work, and constructivist approaches to teaching, counseling, and supervision. Her clinical background includes work in high school, university, legal, medical and agency settings. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida, where her dissertation focused on the constructs of HIV stigma and post-traumatic growth.


Zeligman, M. and Robinson, E. H. (2014) “Counselors’ role in HIV medication adherence: A motivational interviewing perspective.” Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.
Zeligman, M. and Barden, S. M. (In press). “Using a narrative approach with clients living with HIV.” Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 

Zeligman, M., Prescod, D. J., and Greene, J. (In press). “Journey towards becoming a counselor education doctoral student: Perspectives of women of color.” Journal of Negro Education.