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Dr. Melissa Menzer, PhD

Program Analyst, National Endowment for the Arts

Dr. Melissa Menzer. PhD is a Program Analyst in the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. She manages the Research: Art Works grant program, which supports research projects focused on the value and the impact of the arts on humans, communities, and societies, as well as the Research Labs cooperative agreement program, which supports transdisciplinary research teams, tasked in yielding empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non- arts sectors alike. Melissa is also part of a government-wide effort to find new ways the arts can improve people's lives. The NEA's Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development brings together representatives from the Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health, to conduct research on how art affects health, well-being and educational outcomes. Melissa has a doctorate in Human Development from the University of Maryland, and bachelorís degrees in Psychology and Studio Art.