Yxsel Melendrez-Ramirez is a Master’s Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Columbia
University. Prior to Columbia, Yxsel earned her BA in Psychology and Pre-Law with Honors at
California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). At CSUMB, she researched mental health
and organizational barriers for minorities in public and private educational institutions. Now at
Columbia, Yxsel continues to investigate research regarding the unique experiences of
disadvantaged communities —precisely Hispanic-origin — at public and private higher
Yxsel is currently a Behavioral Research Scientist at Northrop Grumman, where she collaborates
on mixed methods and qualitative projects directed to innovate preventative health measures for
military families. Her research interests include exploring topics in racialization, educational
equity, economic prosperity, and immigration for Hispanic populations and other minorities.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pre-Law at California State University Monterey Bay
Whittaker, K.S., Hawkins, J., & Melendrez Ramirez, Y. (in preparation) Identification of Soldier-Centric Risk Factors for Targeted Health Behavior and Readiness Interventions. Research Facilitation Laboratory Monterey United States.
Hawkins, S. A., Nihill, M. M., Weywadt, C., Vie, L. L., Liu, K., Melendrez Ramirez, Y., Hawkins, J. N., & Bonett, D. (in preparation). A Meta-Analysis on the Associations between Social Support and Mental Health among Military Service Members and Spouses. Research Facilitation Laboratory Monterey United States.
Nihill, M. M., Vie, L. L., Hawkins, S. A., Hawking, J. N., Bonett, D., Kelley, W., Melendrez Ramirez, Y., & Weywadt, C. (in preparation). Indicators of Family Readiness: A Meta-Analysis: Examining Military Life Experiences. Research Facilitation Laboratory Monterey United States
Hawkins, S. A., Condon, A., Hawkins, J. N., Liu, K., Melendrez Ramirez, Y., Nihill, M. M.; Tolins, J. (2018). What We Know about Military Family Readiness: Evidence from 2007-2017. Research Facilitation Laboratory Monterey United States.