Melanie Leuty

Associate Professor

Specialty Field:

Counseling Psychology

What is your training background?

I completed my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Missouri. I then attended the University of Minnesota to earn my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. During my graduate program, I gained experiences with college students, clients of color, low-income individuals, people with serious and persistent mental illness, and veterans. In addition, I gained exposure to career counseling assessments and interventions, treatment of anxiety disorders (OCD, hoarding, agoraphobia, and social anxiety), assessment of traumatic brain injuries, and working in inpatient treatment settings. 

What is your research about?

My research is largely focused on understanding how people decide on and pursue a specific career and the impact of their career choice on their mental health and well-being. I’m particularly interested the repercussions (both positive and negative) of how well one’s job (or college major) matches one’s values, personality, or interests. Furthermore, some of my research examines how we can best use different assessments or treatment interventions to improve individuals’ career planning, work lives, and overall well-being. My hope is that this information can be used to inform the ways educational systems and organizations promote career development so that people can have more meaningful and satisfying lives.

Particular populations or demographic factors that I have interest in incorporating in my research include: millennials and other generational groups, first-generation college students, women, social class and socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation/identity.

Are you taking any students in your lab?

Yes! I’m always interested in working with students who share similar passions. If you want to see more details on the research projects my students and I have done check out my webpage ( or send me an email.