Melissa Lehman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lynn University. Her teaching specialties are in experimental psychology, including cognitive psychology, research methods, and introductory psychology. She also teaches courses in the Dialogues of Learning. Lehman's research interests are in the area of human learning and memory.
Lehman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of South Florida. After completing her doctorate, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognition and Learning Lab at Purdue University, examining the applications of cognitive principles of memory to educational contexts. Her current research focuses on the effects of retrieving information from long-term memory, examining the memorial benefits of retrieval practice, and on the applications of these findings to learning, both individually and in classroom environments. Lehman is interested in engaging students at Lynn in the research process.
B.S., University of Florida
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of South Florida
Two ideas that are central to Melissa Lehman's teaching philosophy are that the best way to engage students is to use a variety of teaching techniques that involve different learning strategies, and that teaching should emphasize helping students become good learners. Lehman tries to incorporate these ideas into the main goals of her teaching, which include engaging a diverse body of students, making learning relevant for students, and incorporating research applications into her teaching. Lehman's goal is to create an environment where students are enthusiastic about course material, enjoy participating in the course, and feel satisfaction after completing course activities, encouraging them to want to learn. In line with this goal, she strives to make the learning process both effective and enjoyable for students.