Melissa Paiva-Salisbury

Melissa Paiva-Salisbury

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 535-2240
Office: PSU H&HE Human Services, Hyde Hall, Plymouth, NH 03264
Pronouns: They/them/their and She/her/hers

Melissa Paiva-Salisbury earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont in 2017. Dr. Paiva-Salisbury earned a Master of Arts in forensic psychology from Roger Williams University in 2009. Clinically, she has worked with various people coping with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and reactions to severe trauma. In addition, Dr. Paiva-Salisbury has worked with parents and college students on general well-being and navigation of life’s many adventures. She is keenly interested in forensic assessment, the dissemination of evidenced-based approaches, and the incorporation of mindfulness into evidenced-based approaches. She was a faculty member at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina for five years. Dr. Paiva-Salisbury teaches courses in psychology and the law, research methods, psychological assessment, methods of psychotherapy, and abnormal psychology. She has been a faculty member at Plymouth State University since 2023.

Selected Publications:

Paiva-Salisbury, M.L., Schwanz, K.A. (2022). Building compassion fatigue resilience: Awareness, prevention, and intervention for pre-professionals and current practitioners. Journal of Health Service Psychologists. 48, 39–46

Paiva-Salisbury, M. L., Gill, A. and Stickle, T. (2017). Isolating trait and method variance in the measurement of callous and unemotional traits. Assessment, 24(6), 763-771. doi:10.1177/1073191115624546

Vincent, G. M., Paiva-Salisbury, M. L, Cook, N. E., Guy, L. S., & Perrault, R. (2012). Impact of risk/needs assessment on juvenile probation officers’ decision-making: Importance of implementation. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 18(4), 549.