Dr. Melissa Burnham is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. She obtained her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of California, Davis in 2002, her Master's degree in HDFS from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1996, and her Bachelor's degree in HDFS from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994. She has been a faculty member with the HDFS program since the fall of 2001.
Dr. Burnham's research interests focus on the examination of infant and child development in context, with specific expertise in infant and child sleep development. She is also interested in and has studied the impact of quality early care and education on development and PreK-Third Grade educational reform efforts. Dr. Burnham teaches courses in the HDFS undergraduate and master's degree programs as well as in the Early Childhood Education track of the Integrated Elementary Teaching Program (IETP).
Dr. Burnham currently serves the College of Education as the chair of the IETP and HDFS undergraduate program committees. She serves the Reno/Sparks community as the chair of the local Washoe County Early Childhood Advisory Council and a member of the Nevada Registry Advisory Committee. And, she serves the state of Nevada as an appointed Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education.