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Melissa M. Patchan, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS, Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Psychology, University of South Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Peer assessment
  • Feedback
  • Self-regulation of learning

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Melissa Patchan earned her bachelor's in Psychology, with honors, from the University of South Florida, and both her master's and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her primary research goal is to develop a theoretical framework that explains the cognitive mechanisms underlying peer assessment—focusing on both why students learn from receiving peer feedback as well as why students learn from providing feedback to peers. To further this research, Dr. Patchan developed the Peer-to-Peer Learning Lab in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development.