Melinda Leidy, Ph.D.



Congressional Fellow
Society for Research in Child Development
Email: melinda.leidy@ucr.edu

Dr. Leidy is currently an SRCD Congressional Fellow in Washington DC. Previously, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the ACE center for two years. As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked on evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention aimed at reducing youth violence among immigrant Latino families. She also continued her research on how marital conflict and marital satisfaction influence child social and behavioral outcomes in both Euro-American and Latino families. Prior to her postdoctoral position, Melinda obtained an M.A. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Her research focused on how marital and family processes impact child adjustment in different ethnic groups (Mexican American) and in different family structures (step versus intact families). A central aspect of her work has been the examination of how acculturation and acculturative stress impact parents and children in Mexican American immigrant families. She is also interested in how families can promote positive youth development. Dr. Leidy has been a guest lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, Whittier College, and Scripps College.

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