Gary Melton

Visiting Professor


  • PhD, Boston University, 1978
  • MA, Boston University, 1975
  • BA with high distinction, University of Virginia, 1973

Gary B. Melton is a visiting professor in the Curry School of Education with an appointment in Human Services and in the School of Medicine with an appointment in Family Medicine. In Curry, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on child protection. Dr. Melton is based at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where he is associate director for community development and social policy in the Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, professor of pediatrics in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health.  He is also an adjoint professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and an adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University.  For 30 years, he directed interdisciplinary centers and institutes (usually as founding director) at,

Dr. Melton’s passionate embrace of community —respect for human dignity for everyone, no matter how small, and promotion of norms of inclusion and humane care in the settings of everyday life — extends to the global community.  A former Fulbright professor at the Norwegian Center for Child Research, Dr. Melton has traveled in approximately 50 countries and territories, in most cases for research, lecturing, and/or consultation.  He has been a consultant to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child.  He chaired APA’s working group on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and he served on the analogous working group of the American Bar Association.  At Clemson, Dr. Melton led the development of a unique interdisciplinary graduate program in International Family and Community Studies that is now offered in both South Carolina and Albania.  He has also served on panels of the National Academies on elder mistreatment and on training of health professionals on family violence.

As described in his edited book Reforming the Law (the product of a study group for the Society for Research in Child Development), Dr. Melton has given particular attention to the diffusion of information in ways that it reaches intended consumers and that it can be used easily by them.  Dr. Melton’s work has been cited by U.S. courts at all levels, and he formerly led a regular congressional briefing series.  For several years, he also produced and hosted an award-winning weekly segment on South Carolina public radio.  He has also initiated “magazine” sections in the academic journals that he has co-edited.