Melissa obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana in Accra-Ghana, completed an International Master’s Degree in Child Development at the University of Haifa, Israel, and completed my Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. In August 2021, Melissa joined King’s College London as a post-doctoral project manager for the SPARK grant. She has a growing expertise in using culturally appropriate qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research strategies to unearth factors influencing child developmental trajectories in varied geographical contexts. Melissa has taught courses in Developmental Psychology as an adjunct faculty in the Developmental Psychology department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She also worked as a postdoc in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at VCU.