As Senior Specialist, Innovator Supports at the Center on the Developing Child, Melanie oversees the ongoing development of the Center’s innovator support content and offerings including the IDEAS Impact FrameworkTM, Science X Design, and Transition to Scalability. She also directs efforts to build the capacity of Center staff and our external partners to engage innovators around that content. Melanie brings extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to support young children and families facing adversity, and she’s passionate about helping innovators in the early childhood field use information and data to achieve better outcomes. Melanie was formerly the Director of Innovation Strategies at the Center on the Developing Child. In that role she provided strategic leadership around the incubation of promising new programs within the Center’s Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) initiative. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.