Melina Knabe is a Ph.D. student in the Human Development area of the Department of Educational Psychology. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University in 2017. During her B.S., she studied the role of nutrition on cognitive and reproductive function in a rat model as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellow.
Melina’s research interests now lie in the effect of language learning history (e.g., mono- and multilingualism) on early language and memory development. In addition to studying theories of cognitive development, she studies their application to educational materials and settings. Ultimately, she hopes to apply her work to second language learning in the classroom. She is being advised by Dr. Haley Vlach.