Katelind Halldorsson Melendez

Katelind Halldorsson Melendez is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida, with a focus in leadership. Her research interests lie in the intersection of children’s mental health and juvenile justice, as the literature provides evidence that many youth involved in the justice system have underlying behavioral health problems. Through her internship at the Children’s Mental Health Network, she hopes to dive deeper into this topic. Katelind also works full-time as the Assistant Program Director at the Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Technical Assistance Center (CJMHSA TAC) at USF. At the CJMHSA TAC, she delivers training and technical assistance related to best practices in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and behavioral health to grantees across the State of Florida. Through existing partnerships in the field, Katelind hopes to bring value to the CMHN and broaden her knowledge on children’s behavioral health outside of Florida with guidance and mentorship through this unique and exciting internship opportunity.