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Dr. Melissa Cunningham

NTT Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Behavioral Sciences Division

(503) 751-4204 | cunningm@wou.edu | TODD 338



Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Option: School Psychology – Fall 2008
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

M.A. Educational Psychology, Option: School Psychology – May 2005
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.S. magna cum laude, Psychology, Minor: Sociology – June 2002
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Professional Experience


NTT Professor of Psychology, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Psychology Department, 2008-Present


Instructor, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Educational Psychology & Psychology Departments, 2004-2007


Undergraduate Courses


Western Oregon University

General Psychology (Online & Face-to-face)

Developmental Psychology (Online & Face-to-face)

Childhood Psychopathology

Theories of Learning



Arizona State University

Education Psychology: Motivation, Learning, & Evaluation

Educational Psychology: Group Dynamics, Leadership, & Decision Making

Quantitative Research Methods Lab


Recent Publications/Presentations


Cunningham, M. M. & Wodrich, D. L. (in press). Teachers’ academic appraisals and referral decisions: The effect of sharing health information when diabetes is present. Psychology in the Schools.

Wodrich, D. L. & Cunningham, M. M. (2008). School-based tertiary and targeted interventions for students with chronic medical conditions: Examples from type 1 diabetes mellitus and epilepsy. Psychology in the School, 45, 52-62.

Cunningham, M. M. & Wodrich, D. L. (2006). The effect of sharing health information on teachers’ production of classroom accommodations. Psychology in the Schools, 43, 553-564.

Cunningham, M. M. & Wodrich, D. L. (2005, August). The effect of sharing health information on teachers’ production of classroom accommodations. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.


Clinical/Applied Experience


Doctoral Intern – School Psychology

Portland Public Schools, Portland OR, 2007-2008

Worked with children, families, and school team to evaluate students for special education eligibility from pre-referral to IEP development.

Consulted with teachers, parents, and school administrators regarding behavioral and academic difficulties in children.

Provided individual and group counseling for students in grades K-12.

Doctoral Practicum – School Psychology

Scottsdale School District, Mesa Public Schools, & Gilbert Public Schools – Arizona 2005-2007

Psychological assessments to assist in diagnosis of emotional and learning disabilities.

Reported results of psychoeducational evaluations to parents and teachers

Planned and monitored interventions for children with disabilities

Consulted with teachers and parents regarding behavioral difficulties in school

Presented workshops for teachers to assist in dealing with difficult behaviors in school settings


Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center, Mesa, AZ, 2006-2007

Administered and scored psychological and intellectual assessment instruments to incarcerated adolescents and adolescents on probation.

Career Counselor

Willamette Educational Service District, Dallas, OR, 2002-2003

Identified and enrolled at-risk adolescents in a federal Workforce Investment Act grant program

Administered and scored career inventories

Individual and group career counseling




School Psychologist

State of Oregon, Teachers Standards & Practices Commission





Behavioral Sciences Division

(503) 838-8344 | or e-mail: kunzel@wou.edu  | Location: Todd 325