Course Information

Research (LDRS 501)

Term: 2019-2020 - SPRING


Melissa Schultz



Office Hours/Availability/Response Time: Office hrs by appt. Email response time is within 12-24 hours. Response time may be up to 48 hrs over the weekend.  

Chat/Zoom: By appointment only

Bio: I am originally from North Dakota - I attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and received bachelor degrees in psychology and communication. I then received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. In the last year of the Ph.D. program, I completed a full-time, APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. My dissertation is titled "The Effectiveness of a Substance Abuse Treatment Group for At Risk College Students." 

After graduating, I taught full-time at universities in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and the Fargo area before deciding to go back into clinical work to get licensed. There were minimal options in North Dakota for someone at a doctoral level to do clinical training so I took a formal postdoc at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. I completed a postdoc and became a licensed psychologist. I then took a job at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where I worked for almost 5 yrs. I mainly did clinical work with college students but also coordinated their prevention programming, eating disorder treatment team, and taught their doctoral students’ assessment. I also taught an undergraduate class in psychology as an adjunct at Miami University.

As both your instructor of this course and the director of the MCC program, my role is to help guide you through the program and ultimately toward your career goals. Please let me know how I can support you, and if there are any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other faculty ASAP so we can address them. I look forward to working with each and every one of you!

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Being both a knowledgeable consumer and producer of information is essential to being a
good leader. This course introduces students to research methods at a level that allows them to
understand scholarly and evaluative research findings and to design projects of their own.
Topics to be covered include the research process, research ethics, basic quantitative and
qualitative research methods, and evaluation research with a particular emphasis on
conducting research in applied settings.