Melissa Felician

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.Sc. in economics, University of the West Indies; M.Sc. in economics, University of the West Indies; M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Melissa Felician is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Much of her work uses mixed-methods data collection and analysis techniques. Her experience spans several English speaking Caribbean countries.

Felician holds bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in economics from the University of the West Indies, and certificates for graduate-level training in statistics and quantitative data analysis from the University of Michigan. Felician has also received formal training in Monitoring and Evaluation from the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) offered by the World Bank in collaboration with Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada.

Before coming to Pardee RAND, Felician worked as a development economist for a Caribbean consulting firm, where she designed and conducted research on a range of social policy issues, including poverty reduction, climate change, education, disaster risk reduction, and social security reform. She has authored and contributed to dozens of published documents for clients within the United Nations (UN) System, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK.

Selected Publications

Derose, Kathryn P, Felician, Melissa, Han, Bing, Palar, Kartika, Ramírez, Blanca, Farías, Hugo, & Martínez, Homero., "A pre-post pilot study of peer nutritional counseling and food insecurity and nutritional outcomes among antiretroviral therapy patients in Honduras," BMC Nutrition, 1(21), 2015