Department of Psychology

Melanie H. Bachmeyer

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Dr. Melanie H. Bachmeyer, Associate Professor

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011

Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2010

M.S., Georgia State University, 2005

B.A., University of North Carolina Asheville, 2000

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3040
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-2948 |

I am the clinical coordinator for the Applied Behavior Analysis concentration of the Master's in Clinical Psychology. I direct the ABA center in the Department of Psychology, which provides clinical and research training to undergraduate and graduate psychology students. I am a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in behavioral principles, applied behavior analysis, and developmental disabilities.

My primary clinical and research interests are behavioral assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Severe feeding problems, requiring intervention, are prevalent in 3% to 10% of typically developing children and as many as 80% percent of children diagnosed with development disabilities, such as autism. A child's failure to eat adequately can result in a failure to gain weight, weight loss, and nutritional deficiencies. Over time feeding disorders can have serious consequences, including a failure to thrive, tube dependency, medical problems, developmental delays, behavioral problems, and increased family stress. Research has demonstrated that behavioral interventions are effective in treating pediatric feeding disorders. I conduct clinical research through the ABA center which focuses on: the interaction of physiological and behavioral variables in the development and treatment of feeding problems, development and evaluation of function-based assessment and treatment procedures, and evaluation of methods to promote maintenance and generalization of treatments.

Select Publications

Bachmeyer, M. H., Gulotta, C. S., & Piazza, C. C. (2013). Liquid to baby food fading in the treatment of food refusal. Behavioral Interventions, 28, 281 - 298.

Addison, L. R., Piazza, C. C., Patel, M. R.,Bachmeyer, M. H., Rivas, K. M., Milnes, S. M., & Oddo, J. (2102). A comparison of sensory integrative and behavioral therapies as treatment for pediatric feeding disorders.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 455 - 471.

Seyfer, D.L., Wacker, D., McConkey, S., Cooper-Brown, L., Bachmeyer, M.H., & VanDyke, D.C. (2011). Changes in the diagnosis, referral patterns, and medication usage in children with behavior problems.Clinical Pediatrics,50, 44 - 49.

Murphy, K., Piazza, C.C., Patel, M.R., & Bachmeyer, M.H.(2010). An examination of stimulus fading and escape extinction in the treatment of food refusal.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43,673 - 683

Bachmeyer, M.H.(2009). Treatment of selective and inadequate food intake in children: A review and practical guide.Behavior Analysis in Practice, 2,43 - 50.

Bachmeyer, M.H., Piazza, C.C., Reed, G.K., Fredrick, L.D., Bethke, S.D, Murphy, K., & Kadey, H.J. (2009). Functional analysis and treatment of multiply controlled inappropriate mealtime behavior.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42,641 - 658.

Reed, G.K., Patel, M.R., Piazza, C.C.,Bachmeyer, M.H., Mueller, M.M., & Layer, S.A. (2007). Use of a high-probability instructional sequence to increase compliance of feeding demands in the absence of escape extinction.Behavioral Interventions

Patel, M.R., Reed, G.K., Piazza, C.C.,Bachmeyer, M. H., & Layer, S (2005). An evaluation of a high-probability instructional sequence to increase acceptance of food and decrease inappropriate behavior in children with pediatric feeding disorders,Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27,430 - 442.

Reed, G.K., Piazza, C.C., Patel, M.R., Layer, S.A.,Bachmeyer, M.H., Bethke, S.D., Gutshall, K.A. (2004). On the relative contribution of noncontingent reinforcement and escape extinction in the treatment of food refusal.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37, 27-42.