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Professor Melissa Hines

Melissa Hines is Professor of Psychology, and Director of Graduate Education, at the Department of Psychology. She is also a Fellow at Churchill College.

Before coming to Cambridge in 2007, Melissa held academic posts at the University of London, and City University, London, and at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, Melissa was a postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroendocrinology and Neuroscience at the UCLA Brain Research Institute, and a Visiting Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Primate Research Centre, where her research focused on developing translational animal models of hormonal influences on neural and behavioural development. Since then she has applied this information to studying people exposed to unusual hormone environments prenatally (i.e. people with intersex conditions or disorders of sex development).

Melissa received a BA in Psychology from Princeton University. She undertook her PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

At Cambridge, Melissa leads the Gender Development Group, which researches factors influencing gender development throughout the lifespan. Melissa's particular research interest is in how prenatal influences interact with postnatal experience to shape brain development and behaviour. She is widely published, and her articles have appeared in Annual Review of Neuroscience, Child Development, Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science and Psychological Bulletin, amongst other journals. She is author of Brain Gender, published by Oxford University Press in 2004.

Melissa is a Past-President of the International Academy of Sex Research. She received the Shephard Ivory Franz Award for Distinguished Teaching at UCLA.

Melissa has been very active in engaging with the public, and in so doing, has raised awareness of the topic of gender development. She has appeared on television and radio, and was a speaker at the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival.


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