Alison Heinhold Melley

Alison Heinhold Melley

Alison Heinhold Melley

Associate Professor

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Higher Ed, Accessible Classrooms, Open Educational Resources

Alison Melley serves as the Director of Teaching Development in the Psychology Department, working closely with TAs and doctoral students who are preparing to teach independently. She also provides opportunities for undergraduate Learning Assistants to support other students in the Basic Concepts in Psychology classes.  
Prior to coming to GMU in August 2019, Alison taught psychology at Montgomery College in Germantown Maryland, where she was a Smithsonian Faculty Fellow. Alison's background includes research in Infant Mental Health, Preschool STEM education, parent-child interaction, personality disorders, eating disorders, attachment and emotional expression. She is currently focused on pedagogy and further developing the Teaching Practicum. Her major interests are in developing inclusive, accessible, and resilient classrooms (both online and in person). 

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Courses Taught

PSYC 850 Teaching Practicum

PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology

PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 312 Educational Psychology


PhD., 2003, Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

M.A., 1997, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

B.A., 1994, Psychology, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD


Recent Presentations

Melley, A. (2022), Real-time Captioning in the Classroom: Is it Worth All the Fuss? Presented at Psychology One Conference, June 2022, Duke University.

Melley, A. (2021) Perusall Pedagogy for Inclusivity and Active Learning. Presented at Perusall Exchange 2021, Virtual.

Melley, A. (2021). Pedagogy and Technology for Inclusivity, Engagement, and Community Building. Presented at the Southeastern Teaching of Psychology Conference, Remote.

Melley, A. (2021). Perusall for Community Building and Collaboration: Not “Just” a Social Annotation Tool. Presented at the Southeastern Teaching of Psychology Conference, Remote.

Melley, A. (2020). Fostering Student Engagement with Reading Materials: Using a Social Annotation Platform. Innovations in Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, George Mason University (Virtual).

Melley, A. (2020). Synthesis and Application in Introductory Psychology Using Big Problems.    Symposium: Integration of the Five Pillars Using Big Problems Activities in Introductory Psychology Courses. APA Convention 2020, Virtual.