Melissa Landers-Potts, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Senior Lecturer

117 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4859

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

HDFS 2200 & 2200H:  Lifespan Development

HDFS 3700 & 3700S:  Adolescent Development

HDFS 4330:  Diversity in Human and Family Development

HDFS 4900:  Seminar in Medical Technology, Ethics & Human Development


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science University of Georgia` 1998
M.A. Sociology University of Georgia 1994
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology Carleton College 1990


Dr. Landers-Potts is interested in how socioeconomic status and overall access to tangible resources and social capital influences the success of children as they grow--particularly as it relates to their educational outcomes.  Recently, she has also written, presented and taught about the effect and implications of new technologies on family members and their development.

Current Research

Effects of economic stress on children/adolescents via family process pathways, the effects of electronic communication on the well-being of military youth, and the pedagogical effects of a universal, department-wide writing rubric.


Family Development, Lifespan Development,  Adolescence, Diversity/Structural Inequality, Effect of Technology on Human Development


Dr. Landers-Potts teaches a service-learning section of an Adolescent Development course each semester in which students tutor students in area schools or become online wellness/peer mental health coaches to adolescents across the globe.

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Development, Economic hardship, Race-ethnicity and Child Well-Being


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2010
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2013
UGA Student Government Association Teacher of the Year UGA Student Government Association 2017-2018
UGA Service-Learning Award UGA Office of Service-Learning 2018
UGA Creative Teaching Award UGA Office of the Vice President of Instruction 2018
Cognella/National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Innovations in Teaching Award Cognella Publishing Company and National Council on Family Relations 2018