Dr. Melissa Hopper is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She divides her time between caring for pediatric patients and their families, teaching pediatric residents, collaborating with fellow providers, and conducting research on pediatric mental health.
Dr. Hopper began her training in Southern California at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. Living in Southern California created a rich training ground for diverse experiences including a community mental health center, an urban hospital psychiatric unit, a college counseling center, and a suburban elementary school. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, CA where she worked on forensic units with both men and women. She completed her post-doctoral training hours in a private practice working with children, adolescents, and adults in Orange, CA before relocating to Wichita in 2002.
Dr. Hopper specializes in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. In 2019, she earned her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) distinction from the International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals. She works with children and adolescents with all eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. Dr. Hopper also works in a primary care setting and sees a wide variety of patients and their families, including those that struggle with anxiety, depression, and ADHD.