Melody Zuniga

MSW, Baylor University
BA, Baylor University
Full Curriculum Vita
Selected Publications
  • Zuniga, M., & Davis, D. (2010) Choosing safety over silence: What role can ministers play when sexual abuse comes to church? Family and Community Ministries, 23(4), 37-39.
  • Chambers, J., & York, M. (2005, December). Reaching out to rural communities. TAASA Diversity Task Force newsletter.
  • York, M. (2003, Fall/Winter). An intercultural experience. Community Connections. Baylor University School of Social Work newsletter.
  • Myers, D., & York, M. (2002, Fall/Winter). The school of social work: An incubator of vision and vocation. Community Connections. Baylor University School of Social Work newsletter.
Research Interests
  • Process of Children Disclosing Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Witnesses
  • Sexual Assault
  • Professional Bilingual Service Provision
  • Social Work with the Spanish-speaking Community

Melody York Zuniga joined the faculty full time in June 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. She served as an adjunct faculty member since January of 2007. Before joining the School of Social Work full time, she worked for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco. She began her work there in the roles of Victim Services Specialist and Counselor for the Advocacy Center's rural offices, serving the children, youth, adults, and families that worked or were working through experiences of sexual assault and other forms of violence. Most recently, she worked for the Advocacy Center as the Forensic Interviewer, conducting developmentally appropriate and forensically sound interviews of children to gather details surrounding their alleged witness to or experience of abuse and other crimes. She also worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team that included Child Protective Services, law enforcement agencies, and the District Attorney's Office to help ensure coordinated efforts in child abuse investigations.

She is married to Jose Zuniga, and they have a daughter and two sons.