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Melissa Lucas, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate in the Child Study Center

Contact Information

Melissa Lucas, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Child Study Center

    350 George St, A314A

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States


Melissa Lucas, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral associate at the Education Collaboratory at Yale within the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Lucas' current work explores how the "sum total" of schooling (e.g., deficit-oriented policies, student-teacher relationships characterized by conflict, low expectations), as well as family processes that support or hinder Latinx and multilingual students’ early development.

More specifically, Dr. Lucas' research focuses on supporting the socioemotional and academic development of Latinx and multilingual populations and considers the role of context, especially teacher-child relationships, to foster nurturing classroom and school environments. Dr. Lucas uses person-centered analyses and a strengths-based approach to centering equity in education research. Her work hopes to expand our understanding of supportive strategies used by children, families, and educators that encourage culturally resilient academic identities among students from culturally and linguistically minoritized backgrounds.

Dr. Lucas earned her doctorate in educational psychology-applied developmental science from the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, where she was an Institute of Education Sciences, pre-doctoral fellow. Melissa obtained a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 and an A.S. in social sciences from Northern Virginia Community College in 2015.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Virginia, Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science (2022)
  • BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology & Sociology (2016)
  • AS
    Northern Virginia Community College, Social Sciences (2015)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Institute of Mixture Modeling for Equity-Oriented Researchers, Scholars, and Educators (IMMSERSE) Fellowship University of California, Santa Barbara & Institute of Education Sciences2023
YASC Travel Scholarship for a YCSC TraineeYale Alumni Service Corp2022
Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) Pre-Doctoral FellowshipUniversity of Virginia, Institute of Education Sciences2020

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