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Get to Know Dr. Melissa Layman-Guadalupe

Melissa Layman-GuadalupeIt was not until after Dr. Melissa Layman Guadalupe, lecturer in the Department of Psychology, graduated from college that she realized what she wanted to do with her life. Throughout her undergraduate years, Melissa wanted to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist. The summer after Melissa graduated from college, she worked at a camp for children with severe behavior disorders. After this experience, Melissa decided that she wanted to work with children with mental health issues.

Melissa works as a clinical child psychologist at a group practice in Yellow Springs. Back in 2000, a University of Dayton professor was completing his clinic hours at Melissa's practice. While he was there, he told Melissa that UD is always looking for part-time faculty members. Melissa thought it was a good opportunity and began working at UD. Since then, Melissa has gone between being a part-time and full-time employee. Currently, Melissa is working full-time. Melissa usually teaches Psychology 101, Child Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology. She is also the advisor for all first-year psychology students; she is currently advising 87 students.

On top of working full-time at UD, Melissa still is a practicing psychologist. Each week she holds sessions with four children. Melissa finds it beneficial that she can apply her work experiences to what she teaches in class. Melissa feels that she has a strong call to help children and, for that reason, would not be able to stop practicing.

More about Melissa Layman-Guadalupe

If Melissa didn't have to work anymore, she would still want to continue to practice as a psychologist and see kids at therapy. She would also like to spend more time scrapbooking and give her house a thorough cleaning.

Melissa thinks most people wouldn’t know that she loves to line dance. She says she loves dancing to the electric slide!

One aspect of her job that Melissa enjoys the most is helping people learn about psychology.  She tells her students no matter what their major, they can always use psychology to help them in their lives.

One thing on Melissa's bucket list is to visit all 50 states. She has already visited Alaska, which she thinks is one of the more challenging states to visit.

The most exciting thing that has happened to Melissa recently is that she celebrated her son's bar mitzvah. Melissa and her family celebrated the occasion by combining the bar mitzvah with a New Year's Eve party.  Around 140 people attended the party. Melissa said more people were at her son's bar mitzvah than at her wedding!  Everyone enjoyed celebrating this special occasion.