Dr. Melissa Horlait holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (VUB, 2007). In 2017 she obtained the degree of Doctor in Social Health Sciences (VUB) with her dissertation "Palliative care communication in oncology settings in Flanders, Belgium" (Promotor Prof. Dr. M. Leys & Co-promotor Prof. Dr. S. Van Belle).
Today, her research activities focus on the broad topic of communication and the organisation of multidisciplinary collaboration in healthcare. As a member of the EACH (European Association for Communication in Healthcare) she also has specific interest in the topic of communication skills training (development and teaching) for health care professionals.
Beside these research activities, she also has also several teaching tasks within the Master of management and policy in health care (VUB).