Melyssa Allen moved to Orlando from Austin, TX, back in 2008 to begin her college career at UCF. She obtained her B.S. in both Biology and Psychology from UCF in 2012 and was an active member of the Applied Cognition and Technology Lab, the Cognitive Sciences Lab, and the Physiological Ecology & Bioenergetics Lab during her undergraduate studies. After graduating, Melyssa worked with the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia and currently works as an animal trainer at SeaWorld. During her time working on a military base, she made numerous connections with members of the military and their families and observed the hardships that kind of lifestyle imposes. This is one of the many reasons she is honored to be part of the UCF RESTORES program and helping to share their mission and passion. Melyssa is currently pursuing the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate at UCF and is hoping to apply to the Applied Experimental & Human Factors doctoral program in the near future.
Melyssa volunteers at the Orlando Regional Medical Center downtown with her 6 year old golden retriever/yellow lab mix, Buddy, as part of the Paws for Hope pet therapy program. She also enjoys cooking, volleyball, focusing on fitness and wellness, reading by the pool or on the beach, and (of course) attending UCF football games.