Melissa Bray, PhD


Educational Psychology

Director, School Psychology Program

Research Overview

My current research interests involve using psychologically based treatments to improve physical health. At InCHIP, I plan to study whether psychological interventions (i.e. video self-modeling, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and/or emotional written expression) will affect stress hormone production and inhibit tumor growth in patients with malignant melanoma. In the past, my research has focused on interventions for communication disorders, classroom disruptive behavior, and physical health and wellness, especially asthma and cancer.


Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 1997, Major: School Psychology
M.A. University of Connecticut, 1995, Major: School Psychology
M.S. Southern Connecticut State University, 1988, Major: Speech Language Pathology
B.A. University of Connecticut, 1986, Major: Communication Science

Recent/Selected Publications

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Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Educational Psychology
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3064
Storrs, CT 06269-3064