Melanie is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.
Dr. Ayres is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in developmental psychology and research methods. She is also the program coordinator for the Women's and Gender Studies program and teaches the introductory Women's and Gender Studies course as well as a psychology of gender course. Her courses in Scotland will encourage students to think critically about themselves and their environment (both in the U.S. and abroad) and will involve learning in the classroom as well as course-related field trips.
Her research program involves collaborating with students and other faculty and is broadly focused on gender development. Some of her research projects have included 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.
In addition to research collaborations, Dr. Ayres works with students in her role as the adviser for Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and the Student Feminist Organization.
Dr. Ayres is passionate about teaching, gender and social justice issues, good stories, food, travel, and her children's giggles. Her family will be joining her at Dalkeith. Her kids (who will be 5 and 7) are most excited about riding in a double decker bus and visiting real castles.