Dr. Melinda Harper has been actively involved in teaching and researcher in high education and providing clinical services since 2000. Currently, she is a licensed psychologist with Charlotte Psychotherapy & Consultation Group in Charlotte, NC. She provides psychological services, including individual and group psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. She also offers comprehensive psychological evaluations assessing a variety of issues, including educational assessment of intellectual abilities and diagnostic testing. In addition to her clinical practice, she is employed and tenured as Professor of Psychology at Queens University of Charlotte.
At Queens, she teaches courses on General Psychology, Child & Adolescent Psychopathology, Group Dynamics, and Practicum in Leadership Skills. She is also actively involved in research and application of those findings to improve young adult adjustment. Specifically, her current research endeavors include understanding the variables that contribute to a successful transition from high school to college for high school seniors and college freshmen. She is the Co-Director of the Transition to University (T2U) program held at Queens University of Charlotte. This program teaches both rising and current college freshmen a variety of skills necessary to facilitate their adjustment to university life. Her research on this important developmental transition in young adult life has been recognized in the two-book series by Momentum Press, Transition to Success: Training Students to Lead Peer Groups in Higher Education (Harper & Allegretti, 2018) and Transition to Success: The Transition to University Program (Harper & Allegretti, 2018). In addition, her work is financially supported by a Title III Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (# P031A140010) to Queens University of Charlotte.
Dr. Harper graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her doctoral graduate training at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she was involved in a number of clinical and research projects, including the Study of Tennessee Adolescent Romantic Relationships (STARR) project. Her dissertation focused on the behavior of self-silencing and its association with relational and individual functioning among adolescent romantic couples. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, she worked for the Adolescent Inpatient/Outpatient Program and for the Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program, specializing in the treatment of substance addiction comorbid with mood disorders. Following her pre-doctoral internship, she accepted a post-doctoral fellowship with Yale University Health Services providing individual, couples, and group therapy and assessment to the Yale University academic community.
To purchase Transition to Success: Training Students to Lead Peer Groups in Higher Education, please click on http://www.momentumpress.net/books/transition-success-training-students-lead-peer-groups-higher-education
Transition to Success: The Transition to University Program, please click on
For more information on the Transition to University (T2U) program and how this seminar workshop can help prepare high school seniors for the transition to university life, read more at Transition to University.