Melanie completed a B.Sc. Human Life Sciences with Psychology degree in 2009, completing a B.Sc. Honours (Psychology) in 2010, M.Sc. (Psychology) in 2013 and a PhD in Psychiatry (2020) at Stellenbosch University. In 2011 she completed a B.Psych degree at Midrand Graduate Institute and completed her counselling internship. After registration as a counsellor in 2012, she pursued a career in research at Stellenbosch University’s Psychiatry department and completed her M.Sc. degree during this time. Melanie has published articles in several accredited journals in trauma and resilience as a researcher.
She was born in Paarl and moved to Windhoek in 2015, where she practised as a psychological counsellor in private practice. During this time, she also worked on her PhD in Psychiatry through Stellenbosch University. Her PhD focused on “Hormones in hair as possible predictive biomarkers of posttraumatic stress symptoms in women who have been raped”.