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Psychological Sciences

Melissa Cunningham Adjunct Professor of Psychology

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Office: Todd 338
Phone: (503) 751-4204
Fax: (503)838-8618
E-mail address:




Academic Preparation


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





Teaching Experience


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

Psychology Department, 2008-Present

Instructor, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

Educational Psychology & Psychology Departments, 2004-2007




Courses Taught


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




Publications and 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 Schools, 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




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