Melissa Luján


Ms. Luján currently serves as a Program Associate with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare at Children and Family Futures (CFF).  In this capacity, she supports both the Regional Partnership Grant Support Contract and the National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare through research and program evaluation to develop research publications, reports and products. In addition, she plans and coordinates all conference implementation activities and provides project management support.

Prior to joining Children and Family Futures, Ms. Luján worked in direct service as the Program Director for a Men’s Transitional Center in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and as a Program Manager for a family emergency program in Washington, DC. In addition to her community work, she has both quantitative and qualitative research experience from a variety of projects, including a program evaluation of a statewide supportive housing for families program in Connecticut.

Ms. Luján earned a Master’s in Human Development from the University of Connecticut, where she was awarded the Graduate School’s Multicultural Scholar Award. During her graduate work she studied parent engagement and published work on both boys in schools and counseling fathers.