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Melinda Harper , PhD

  • Associate Professor , Psychology Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Harper graduated with distinction in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, she was accepted to the University of Tennessee to pursue her PhD in clinical psychology. During her doctoral training, she participated in a number of clinical and research projects, including the Study of Tennessee Adolescent Romantic Relationships (STARR) project. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, she worked for the Adolescent Inpatient/Outpatient Program and for the Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program. She also received a post-doctoral fellowship with Yale University Health Services, providing individual, couples and group therapy and assessment to the academic community at Yale University.

Dr. Harper serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Queens. She teaches courses on General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Testing, Families and Therapy, and Group Dynamics. She is responsible for and directs the Transition to University (T2U) program, which helps incoming freshmen as they make the transition from high school to the university setting. Her current research includes exploring the transition to university life, adolescent romantic relationships and the coachability of business professionals. She has published numerous research papers in journals, including "The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships" and "The Journal of Youth and Adolescence." She has contributed articles and interviews to "The Charlotte Observer," "Charlotte Parent Magazine," "Charlotte Magazine," and WSOC-Channel 36.

Dr. Harper is also a current partner and licensed clinical psychologist with Charlotte Psychotherapy and Consultation Group. She provides psychological services, including individual, couples, group and family psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. In addition to psychotherapy, she offers comprehensive psychological evaluations, assessing a variety of issues, including educational assessment of learning disabilities and personality and diagnostic testing. She also serves as a board member of the Mental Health Association of the Central Carolinas.


  • PhD  - Psychology;
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