Melanie H. Bachmeyer

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Dr. Melanie H. Bachmeyer, Assistant 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 in UNCW’s psychology master’s program and a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in applied behavior analysis.

My primary clinical and research interests are behavioral assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders exhibited by typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities. A child with a feeding disorder does not consume enough food (or liquid or a broad enough variety of food) to gain weight and grow normally. Pediatric feeding disorders often develop as a result of the interaction of physiological and behavioral variables. A body of literature exists in applied behavior analysis that establishes some empirically supported treatments for pediatric feeding disorders. Work in my teaching and research laboratory will focus on: the interaction of physiological and behavioral variables in the development and treatment of feeding problems, development and evaluation of additional function-based assessment and treatment procedures, and evaluation of methods to promote maintenance and generalization of treatments. I also have clinical and research interests in behavioral interventions to address common childhood behavior problems, such as temper tantrums, noncompliance, bedtime concerns, toileting issues, and habits (e.g., thumb sucking). Further development and evaluation of interventions to address these problems will also be conducted in my lab. My lab is currently being developed and there are excellent opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get involved.   

Selected Publications

Bachmeyer, M. H., Wacker, D. P., Cooper-Brown, L. J., Bassingthwaite, B. J., & Dutt, Anu. (under review). An evaluation of motivating operations in the treatment of food refusal. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Bachmeyer, M. H., Gulotta, C. S., & Piazza, C. C. (under review). Liquid to baby food fading in the treatment of food refusal. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

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

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.

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