What are the connections between trauma, attachment relationships, risk factors and sexual offending? Dr. Grady will review some of the theoretical literature that connects these experiences, as well as some of the recent she and her colleagues have conducted to examine empirically these connections.
Dr. Melissa D. Grady received her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from Smith College School of Social Work. Her research areas are in the translation of evidence-based practice and on the prevention of sexual violence. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications written on these topics and has presented at numerous international, national, and regional refereed conferences as well as provided a number of continuing education trainings for various organizations. In addition, she serves on several editorial boards, including Sexual Abuse and Clinical Social Work Journal, and on local and national committees, including the Area 2 Representative for the local ATSA Chapter – MARATSA. She has been an active practitioner for over 20 years and maintains a private practice in Washington DC. Her clinical experience includes both work in the public mental health sector and private sector. She has worked with clients who have committed sexual crimes and who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, anger management as well as other mental health issues. She is Associate Professor at Catholic University’s National School of Social Service where she teaches in the areas of mental health, clinical practice, clinical theory, and research methods to masters and doctoral students.