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Melissa Heatly, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 279-7800

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Professional Background

I am a clinical child psychologist specializing in integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to child mental health. I presently coordinate the School-Based Initiatives with Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness at UR Medicine, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the Greater Rochester region. My work includes the dissemination, implementation and program evaluation of comprehensive school mental health systems, mental health training for educators and community members, and increasing access to evidence-based mental health for youth and families. My current projects focus on evaluating the effectiveness of school-based mental health interventions delivered in disadvantaged and under serviced communities, on associations between parent- and teacher-child relationships and engagement/motivation in elementary school, and on policy issues affecting children's mental health.



PHD | University of Pittsburgh

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2015 - 08/31/2016
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2014 - 07/01/2015
Graduate in Clinical Psychology at University Of Maryland Medical Center (USA)

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2015
Internship in Clinical Psychology at University of Maryland Hospital for Children

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Outstanding Research Presentation
Sponsor: University of Maryland Medical Center Psychiatry Department's
Location: Baltimore, MD

Graduate Research Presentation Award
Sponsor: American Education Research Association - Motivation SIG
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Recognition of Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: LEAP Academy University Charter School
Location: Camden, NJ

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Journal Articles

Heatly, M.C.; Votruba-Drzal, E. "Parent- & Teacher-Child Child Relationships and Engagement at School Entry: Mediating, Interactive, and Transactional Associations Across Contexts. (In Press)". Developmental Psychology. 2017; .

Heatly, M.C.; Bachman, H. J.; & Votruba-Drzal, E. "Math Instruction & Child Achievement from Kindergarten through 5th grade." Applied Developmental Psychology,. 2015; 41: 46-59.

Bachman, H.J.; Votruba-Drzal, E.; El Nokali, N.E. ; Heatly, M.C. "Instructional practices that support math development and narrow SES achievement gaps during elementary school." American Education Research Journal. 2015; 52(5): 849 – 923.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Addressing conduct disorder in primary care settings
Book Title: Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings
Author List: Heatly, M.C.; Lee, P
Edited By: W. O'Donohue & A. Maragakis
Published By: Springer International Publishing AG 2017 in Cham