Melissa Himelein, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology & Director of The Center for Teaching and Learning
052A Ramsey Library, CPO 1540
Dr. Himelein is also available by appointment; for longer appointments please schedule in advance. Best times this semester will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons, but other times can be arranged. Videoconferencing: Dr. Himelein is happy to meet with you via videoconference, e.g., Skype or Google Meet. Coming to campus may be increasingly challenging this year, due to campus construction and the resulting reduction in parking spaces, so don't hesitate to ask if videoconferencing is a better option for you.


  • A.B., Brown University (Psychology)
  • M.A., University of Kentucky (Clinical Psychology)
  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky (Clinical Psychology)

Courses Taught

  • Health Psychology
  • Personality
  • Psychology of Women
  • Senior Seminar (Internship)
  • Senior Seminar (Positive Psychology)

Research and Professional Interests

I am a clinical psychologist and conduct research in the psychology of women, health psychology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Recent projects include studies of math anxiety in college students, focusing on both causes and possible interventions; an assessment of the impact of writing motivation on writing performance; an investigation of youth involvement in highly selective sports teams, including gender comparisons of reasons for withdrawing from participation; and an evaluation of the effectiveness of a family-oriented physical activity program on childhood obesity. I greatly enjoy supervising undergraduate research, and my own projects are so varied in part because they are frequently stimulated by students' questions and interests.