Melissa Washington

Melissa Washington

Doctoral Students

Home department:
Department of Psychology

Doctoral program:
Developmental Psychology

Faculty adviser:
Terri Sullivan, Ph.D.


I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Ghana and an international master’s degree in child development from the University of Haifa-Israel in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Subsequently, I transitioned into the graduate program at VCU in 2015.

My research examines parenting and contextual factors that enhance the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children. I also examine these factors as they relate to the assessment of children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders.