UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Start Year: 2008
Office: 169 Centennial Science Hall
University of California Santa Cruz, PhD (2008)
University of California Santa Cruz, MS
University of Oregon, BS
Melanie is a developmental psychologist who teaches Child and Adolescent Development, Adult Development and Aging, Lifespan Development, Advanced Research Methods, Psychology of Gender, and Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. Her research program involves collaborating with students and other faculty and is broadly focused on gender development. In specific, she has conducted research examining girls' and women's experiences of and responses to sexism, gender differences in men's and women's communication, and parent-child conversations about ethnic and gender discrimination. Some of her student collaborations have included research on factors related to activism, children's understanding of ethnicity and social class, and adjustment to parenthood. She is also the coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies program and serves as a faculty adviser for Psi Chi and the Student Feminist Organization.