Melissa G. DeFoor

Assistant Department Chair

Lecturer, Nursing

       Melissa G. DeFoor


Melissa DeFoor is a lecturer for the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. She graduated in 2017 from the University of North Alabama with her Master’s degree in Nursing Education and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama Huntsville/University of Alabama Joint PhD Program. Melissa has been a registered nurse since 2010. She has a background in medical–surgical, intensive care, and maternal and neonatal health. Melissa’s background includes being a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and a nurse manager for Women’s and Children’s Services at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. She is currently the OB Educator at North Alabama Medical Center. Her passion for education lead her to begin her career as an adjunct clinical supervisor in 2013 at the University of North Alabama. She is a member of Sigma Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, American Nurses Association, Lamaze International, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, and Phi Mu Fraternity. Melissa’s goal as an educator is to continually strive to incorporate innovative approaches to improve nursing education. She believes that teaching future nurses is vital for continuing to provide exceptional health care to our society.


  •   Nursing (MSN)
    University of North Alabama
  •   Nursing (BSN)
    University of North Alabama

Selected Intellectual Contributions

  • Wendy A. Darby, Melissa G. DeFoor, Neysa L. Brown, and Tera R. Kirkman. 2021. Evaluating Leadership Behaviors and Patient Safety Competencies During a Timed Multiple Patient Simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Melissa G. DeFoor, Wendy A. Darby, and Vicki G. Pierce. 2020. "Get Connected" Integrating Telehealth Triage in a Pre-licensure Clinical Simulation. Journal of Nursing Education
  • Margaret H. Bergeron, Wendy A. Darby, Melissa G. DeFoor, and Neysa L. Brown. 2020. Escape Room Relay Race: "Go for the Gold" in Formative Assessment. Journal of Nursing Education
  • Melissa G. DeFoor and Wendy A. Darby. 2020. “Motivate to Lactate” Utilizing Motivational Interviewing to Improve Breastfeeding Rates. The Journal of Perinatal Education