Melissa Herzog is a faculty member at the University of Missouri (MU). She has taught in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) Youth Development program since 2008 and serves as the academic advisor for all of the MU Youth Development students. She also serves as the faculty chair for the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program.
In addition to her work with the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program, her primary appointment is in the MU Department of Special Education. She coordinates a large-scale, federally-funded, randomized control trial examining the impact of school-based social competence interventions for youth with social challenges (such as high functioning autism spectrum disorder and mild behavior disorders). For these students, “natural” opportunities to have social interaction often are not successful, and the intervention teaches students skills and strategies to navigate relationships with peers and their school environment using much more direct instruction.
In 2016, Herzog began a coordinating position with Show-Me Healthy Relationships, a federally-funded initiative that combines technology and community resources to provide individually tailored services to low-income families. Participants learn how to identify the key components of healthy relationships with other adults and with their children with the goal of improving family function, family finances and adult and child well-being.
Ph.D. in Family and Human Development, Arizona State University, 2007
M.S. in Family and Human Development, Arizona State University, 2004
B.A. in Psychology, University of Missouri, 2001
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 2001