Melinda S. Harper

Melinda S. Harper, PhD, is professor of psychology at Queens University of Charlotte. She introduced and continues to co- direct the Transition to University (T2U) program. She and her co-author, Dr. Christine Allegretti, have published a number of articles and presented empirical research about the T2U program. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Harper also maintains an active clinical practice as a psychologist and partner of Charlotte Psychotherapy & Consultation Group. Her primary clinical focus is on assisting adolescents and young adults with normative transitions in their lives, including the transition from high school to college and from college to the workforce.

Transition to Success: Training Students to Lead Peer Groups in Higher Education

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Melinda S. Harper and Christine L. Allegretti

Using students as peer leaders, mentors, supporters, and sources of information for other students, especially first-year students, is an established practice among higher-education institutions. These student leaders are especially influential at creating a social community for first-year students. However, many student leaders in these important roles are not provided with the necessary training to develop, lead, and maintain a connected and cohesive peer group.