Public Engagement

  • Faculty


    Melissa Extein, Psy.D. works toward social justice by helping activists, organizations, and movements understand themselves better and implement changes to become even more effective. She often works with international human rights grantmakers, and also supports other non-profits, institutions, and organizations, inside and outside the US. Fifteen years of experience have led her to specialize in the intersection of strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and staff capacity building, particularly with organizations with an advocacy component. Additionally, she advises professionals transitioning to the field of consulting from internal positions and teaches organizational assessment, philanthropy, leadership, group dynamics, and emotional intelligence to graduate students at the New School, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She previously served as Director of Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation for International Programs at American Jewish World Service. Melissa holds a Psy.D. in Organizational Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and a B.A. from Yale University. She is accredited to administer the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) and is fluent in Spanish. 

    Recent Publications:

    Cherniss, C., Extein, M., Goleman, D., & Weissberg, R. (2006). Emotional intelligence: What does the research really indicate? Educational Psychologist, 41(4), 239-245.

    Saegert, S., Benitez, L. Eizenberg, E., Extein, M.,  Hsieh, T. & Chang, C. (2005). The promise and challenges of co-ops in a hot real estate market. Shelterforce: The Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Building, 142.

    Saegert, S. & Extein, M. (2004). Limited equity cooperatives reinforce anti-gentrification measures: The experience of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan. Cooperative Housing Journal. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Housing Cooperatives.