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Pronouns: she/her

Phone: 765-494-2942


1200 Mitch Daniels Blvd.
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

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Melissa Franks

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Associate Director, Center for Families

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Psychological Sciences; Department of Public Health

Areas of Expertise

  • social support, interpersonal relationships, health behavior change, chronic disease management

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Interpersonal Relations


  • Ph.D., 1993, Kent State University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Safe Zone Training

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America - November, 2016