Melissa Cheplic (NJ UCEDD) Honored with NADD Member of the Year Award

December 2, 2015

Melissa Cheplic, MPH, NADD-DDS, was honored with the NADD Member of the Year Award in San Francisco, California on November 20, 2015. The award recognizes a NADD member who has supported the NADD mission through various activities and has made notable contributions to NADD, an association committed to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Cheplic is chairperson of the NADD Competency-Based DSP Certification Program. She has overseen the development of NADD's DSP Certification Program and is currently shepherding the development of web-based training. She also co-authored a book with Rob Fletcher, Dan Baker, and Juanita St. Croix, entitled Mental Health Approaches to Intellectual/Developmental Disability: A Resource for Trainers, together with an associated Trainee Workbook.

Cheplic is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Supports project at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Jersey's UCEDD. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Montclair State University and her Masters Degree in Public Health from Rutgers School of Public Health.