Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979,and connected to The Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche through being a student of the Contemplative Psychology program at Naropa University, then Naropa Institute. She received her Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa and later a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
She attended 1985 seminary, and has been teaching Internationally in Shambhala since 1990. She was empowered as a Shastri in 2010 for the Northern California Bay Region, and made an Acharya in the summer of 2012.
Melissa served as faculty and co- founding Director of The Karuna Training, a division of Upaya Ltd. out of Cologne, Germany. For 9 years she directed Karuna, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology. Melissa continues to teach in Karuna Training; primarily she collaborates on the on-going development of the curriculum and the training of other European faculty. The Karuna Training program is spreading throughout Europe and is currently held in Germany, Netherlands, France, Austria and Poland.
Melissa is currently a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency (FSA) of San Francisco and the founding Director of The Felton Institute since 2005. The Felton Institute is a division of FSA that is dedicated to research and training in evidence-based practice and raising the bar of community mental health services for the most marginalized populations suffering from severe and chronic mental illness. Melissa completed a two-year Post Doctoral Agency Fellowship through University California San Francisco through the Community Academic Research and Training Alliance (CARTA) researching quality of life issues in the severely mentally ill populations. This lead her to be the founding director of The Felton Institute which begin in 2006, and since its inception The Felton Institute has implemented state-of-the art treatment for the detection and recovery of early psychosis, as well The Felton Institute has received a National Institute of Mental Health Grant to investigate best practices with elderly clients with co-morbid mental health diagnosis.
The Felton Institute has been awarded a PCORI grant from the Obama Administration standing for Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, where she is in collaboration with University of New Mexico researching mental health treatment outcomes in shared decision making protocol in both rural New Mexico and inner city San Francisco. In addition, the Felton Institute is researching the effectiveness of Motivational Care Management (MCM), a treatment protocol designed for front line providers serving people receiving services in community-based settings. Melissa is the originator of this treatment protocol, and directs a national team of trainers and evaluators to validate the effectiveness of MCM .
Melissa has life long experience in mental health. From 1991 to 1994 she acted as the Program Director of Yolo County Community Care Continuum (YCCC) in Davis, CA, and oversaw the crisis team and crisis house in Yolo County for 3 years. Melissa has extended experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders and trauma related illnesses where she provided therapy from 1984 through 1990 in California, Missouri and Colorado. Melissa has a BA in Classical Studies from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, a MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, CA, and a Post Doctoral degree from University of California San Francisco in Community Based Research and Psychiatric Treatment.