Melissa Burnham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. In Human Development, 2002, University of California, Davis
M.S. In Human Development & Family Studies, 1996, University of Nevada,
B.S. In Human Development & Family Studies, 1994, University of Nevada,
Examining infant and child development in context; specifically, infant and child sleep development, the impact of quality early care and education on development; preK-third education reform
Walsh, B. A., Burnham, M. M., Pasley, C., & Maitoza, R. B. (submitted).
Explicit reference to theory: A content analysis of two prominent human
development journals. Submitted to Family
Burnham, M. M. (in press). Co-sleeping and self-soothing issues
during infancy. In A. Wolfson & H. Montgomery-Downs (Eds.), The Oxford
handbook of infant, child, and
adolescent sleep. New York: Oxford University Press.
Burnham, M. M. (2012). Sleep in early development. In D. Barrett& P. McNamara (Eds.), Encyclopedia of
sleep and dreams. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishers.
J., & Burnham, M. M. (2012). Preschool children¹s understanding of
the graphic features of writing. Child
Studies in Diverse Contexts, 2(1), 45-60.
Burnham, M. M., & Gaylor, E. E. (2011). Sleep environments of
young children in post-industrial societies. In M. El-Sheikh (Ed.), Sleep
and development: Familial and
socio-cultural considerations. New York: Oxford University Press.
Burnham, M. M., & Conte, C. (2010). Developmental perspective:
Dreaming across the lifespan and what this tells us. In A. Clow & P.
McNamara (Eds.), International Review of
Neurobiology: Vol. 92. Dreams and dreaming (pp. 47-68). New York: Elsevier.
J. & Burnham, M. M. (2009). Sleep disorders. In C. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook
of infant mental health (pp.
362-376). New York: Guilford.
Essa, E. L., Bennett, P.,
Burnham, M. M., Martin, S. S., Bingham, A., & Allred, K. (2008). Do
variables associated with quality child care programs predict the
children with disabilities? Topics in Early Childhood Special Education,
Burnham, M. M. & Gaylor, E. E. (2008). Behavioral sleep
disorders in infants and toddlers. In A. Ivanenko (Ed.), Sleep and
psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents (pp.
23-35). New York: Informa.
Burnham, M. M. (2007).
The ontogeny of diurnal rhythmicity in bed-sharing and solitary-sleeping
infants: A preliminary report. Infant & Child Development. 16, 341-357.
Y., Seugnet, L., Thimgan, M., Thacher, P. V., Burnham, M. M., & Shaw, P.
(2012). Identifying genes that
confer resilience/vulnerability to sleep disruption in drosophila. Sleep,
35 (Abstract Suppl.), A12.
Burnham, M. M.,
Kranovich, S., Bruck, D., & Beebe, D. W. (2012). Expectation vs. reality:
An examination of adolescents¹ accuracy at predicting mood changes under
restriction. Sleep, 35 (Abstract
Burnham, M. M.,
Gaylor, E. E., & Wei, X. (2011). Associations between nap duration and
observed childcare quality using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal
Study-Birth Cohort. Sleep, 34
(Abstract Suppl.), A287.
Essa, E. L., & Burnham, M. M. (Eds.) (2009). Informing our practice:
Useful research on
young children¹s development. Washington, DC: National Association for the
Education of Young Children.
Burnham, M. & Lawler, J. (2006). The complete idiot¹s guide to sleep
training for your child. New
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