Professors Emeriti

Melissa Himelein, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Himelein, a clinical psychologist, began teaching in the Department of Psychology at UNC Asheville in 1992 after previous work in both clinical and academic settings. She held a variety of positions on campus, serving as the Associate Director of Research for the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (2006-2010), the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (2010-2020), the Dean of Social Sciences (2019-2021), and Interim Vice Provost (2023). Across her career, she received multiple honors, including the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007) and the Ruth and Leon Feldman Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service (2016-2017). Of all faculty roles, teaching – whether doing it, studying it, thinking about it, or talking about it – was always the focus of greatest importance to her. She retired on June 30, 2023, and looks forward to hearing updates from former students in the coming years.


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

Melissa Himelein