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Melisa Kaye

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Melisa Kaye is an occupational therapist and university instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She teaches in the Educational Technology program at the University of San Francisco and in the Occupational Therapy departments at San Jose State University and Samuel Merritt University. A co-creator of the Educational Technology Master’s program at USF, Melisa’s research interests include multimedia learning, using technology to enhance healthcare education, sensory processing and integration, trauma-informed care, and children’s development of cognitive and metacognitive skills. 

In addition to her role as an educator, Melisa has practiced pediatric occupational therapy for over twenty years. She is the founder and director of Firefly Center: Therapy Services for Children, a clinic located in Burlingame, CA. Melisa is passionate about partnering with children and their families to address a range of developmental, psychosocial, and learning challenges. She mentors new therapists and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on child development and occupational therapy related topics. Melisa also partners monthly with the Coalition for Leadership in Ayres’ Sensory Integration (CLASI) to offer international webinars on Sensory Integration Theory and Practice.


  • Design Team member, Educational Technology Program, Department of Education, University of San Francisco, 2015


  • EdD, Learning and Instruction, University of San Francisco

Awards & Distinctions

  • California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Award Recipient, 2014–2018

Selected Publications

  • Kaye, M. (Under review). “Multimedia pretraining to teach complex content in occupational therapy education.”

  • Nussli, N., Oh, K. Cuadro, N., & Kaye, M. (2019). An investigation into the effect of communication modality on learner satisfaction and mental effort expended during a lecture and discussion event in Second life - a 3D virtual world. In Yang, K. (Ed.), Cases on Immersive Virtual Reality Techniques. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

  • Kaye, M. (2018). Teaching Complex Content in Healthcare:A Comparison of the Effect of Three Types of Multimedia Pretraining on Schematic Knowledge and Near Transfer. Unpublished doctoral dissertation.

  • Kaye, M., & M. Meunier-Fiebelkorn. (2006). “Let’s go to kindergarten: A family guide to school readiness.” City College of San Francisco Child Development Department, San Francisco, CA.