Dr. Melzer became a faculty member at Sacred Heart University in the Fall of 2009.
Before joining the psychology department she taught at Adelphi University, Stonehill
College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst teaching both traditional and
online classes. She encourages an interactive classroom and strives to create an
environment in which students feel comfortable expressing their ideas to enhance
classroom discussions. She incorporates her research experience with young children into
her classes and looks forward to collaborating with her students as she begins her
research program here at Sacred Heart. 

-Ph.D. and M.S. University of Massachusetts at Amherst -B.A. State University of New York
at Binghamton 

Teaching Responsibilities: -Child Development -Lifespan Development -Introduction to
Psychology -Research Methods 

Research interests: Cognitive development, specifically how young children understand and
interpret other people’s thoughts and behaviors. Other topics include language
development, effects of media on cognitive abilities and later adolescent body image and
self esteem. 



‘Mommy, You are the Princess and I am the Queen’: How Preschool Children's Initiation and Language Use During Pretend Play Relate to Complexity (with Cori A. Palermo), Psychology Faculty Publications (2015)

The present study investigated the relationship between complexity of pretend play, initiation of pretense activities,...



Do Actions Speak Louder than Knowledge? Action Manipulation, Parental Discourse, and Children’s Mental State Understanding in Pretense (with Laura J. Claxton), Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)

Studies on pretense mental state understanding in young children have produced inconsistent findings. These findings...



The “Birds and the Bees” Differ for Boys and Girls: Sex Differences in the Nature of Sex Talks (with Barry X. Kuhle, Chelsea A. Cooper, Andrew J. Merkle, Nicole A. Pepe, Aida Ribanovic, Arielle L. Verdesco, and Tiffany L. Wettstein), Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)

The daughter-guarding hypothesis posits that “parents possess adaptations with design features that function to defend...



Developmental Changes in Postural Stability During the Performance of a Precision Manual Task (with Jeffrey M. Haddad, Laura J. Claxton, Joseph Hamill, and Richard E. A. van Emmerik), Psychology Faculty Publications (2013)

Posture becomes integrated with other goal-directed behaviors early in infancy and continues to develop into...



The Control of Posture in Newly Standing Infants is Task-Dependent (with Laura J. Claxton, Jyoong Hyun Ryu, and Jeffrey M. Haddad), Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)

The postural sway patterns of newly standing infants were compared under two conditions: standing while...




Do Actions Speak Louder than Knowledge? Action Manipulation, Parent-Child Discourse and Children's Mental State Understanding in Pretense, Open Access Dissertations (2009)

In the current study children 3-5 years of age (N = 75) participated in a...



The Role of Salience in Metacognition, Psychology Faculty Publications (2000)