Melissa Pangelinan

Associate Professor

photo of Melissa Pangelinan

Office: 168 Kinesiology Building

Units: School of Kinesiology

Campus Mail: 301 Wire Road, Auburn, AL 36849


Phone: (334) 844-4483

Academic Areas

Exercise Science



Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2012-2015, University of Toronto

Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, 2007-2012, University of Maryland

M.A. in Kinesiology, 2004-2007, University of Maryland

B.S. in Kinesiology, 1999-2004, University of Maryland

B.S. in Philosophy, 1999-2004, University of Maryland

Professional Experience

2021 - present

Associate Professor, Auburn University

2015 - 2021

Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods
  • MATLAB programming
  • Neuroimaging techniques
  • Motor development
  • Neuromotor control

Research Interests

The Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab at Auburn University, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D., employs state-of-the-art brain and body imaging, as well as neurocognitive and movement assessments, to better understand how motor skills and physical activity participation affect brain and physical development. The goal of this research is to develop age-appropriate interventions that will promote motor competence and physical activity participation, which will impact the long-term development of brain and physical health.

We have several research studies and run outreach programs for typically-developing children/adolescents and those with developmental disabilities or neurological conditions.

KEYWORDS: Autism, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Adapted Physical Activity, Intervention


  Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab - Dr. Melissa Pangelinan