University of South Florida
Department of Psychology Alumni Spotlight
Melanie Hall received her BA in Psychology with honors from USF in 1985. She went on to get her MA from USF in Guidance and Counseling in 1988.
For over 25 years, Hall has worked to better the lives of children and families in the Tampa Bay area. She began her career at Moffitt Cancer Center as a Child Life Specialist helping pediatric patients and their families. Hall is now the Executive Director for the Family Healthcare Foundation.
In recognition of all her accomplishments, Hall (shown on the left, above) received the 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Psychology Alumni Award.
Melanie Polkosky received her doctorate in Cognitive and Neural Sciences from USF in 2005. Since then, she’s been an R&D technology designer, user experience consultant, teacher, entrepreneur, writer, trainer and corporate/executive coach, and worked on international philanthropic projects. Polkosky has had 2 children and survived breast cancer. She also self-published a book called "Uncovering Truffles: The Scarcity and Value of Women in STEM."
Polkosky returned to USF in the fall of 2015 to speak to the department and to students at USF’s Office for Undergraduate Research about her experiences and in August 2016 to address the USF STEM Academy.
Polkosky lists five key aspects of her USF experience that have helped her in her career:
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