Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck is Professor in Applied Psychology at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. She received training in Developmental Psychology at Portland State University, where she received her PhD in 1998 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota (1999-2001). She is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Adolescence and an Assistant Editor of International Journal of Behavioral Development.
Her primary areas of expertise are romantic and other peer relationships, rejection, sexuality, parenting, autonomy, coping and emotion, and appearance-related concerns. She holds numerous Australian grants focused on understanding adolescent social relationships and coping with stress, and optimizing mental health and well-being. She is also the Director of the Family Interaction Program which works with families referred from child welfare to improve parent-child interactions.