• Headshot of Melanie Glenwright.
  • Associate Professor

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of Psychology
    Area: Developmental
    P503 Duff Roblin Building
    190 Dysart Road
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-9726

    Preferred pronouns: She/her

  • Websites

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Currently accepting graduate students - Yes

  • Master's
  • PhD


Melanie Glenwright is a developmental psychologist who uses experimental and survey methods to examine factors that influence social communication comprehension in children, adolescents and adults.


  • PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Calgary, 2006
  • MSc (Experimental Psychology), University of Calgary, 2002
  • BA (Honours) (Psychology), University of Winnipeg, 1999


Research interests

  • Verbal irony/sarcasm
  • Gossip
  • Prosocial teasing
  • Humour

Selected publications

  • Krygier-Bartz, M., & Glenwright, M. (2022). "Verbal irony comprehension in adults who speak English as an additional language." Studies in Linguistics and Literature, 6(2), 58-71. 
  • Glenwright, M., Scott, R., M., Bilevicius, E., Pronovost, M., & Hanlon-Dearman, A. C. (2021). "Children with autism spectrum disorder attribute false beliefs in a spontaneous-response preferential-looking task." Frontiers in Communication, 6, 669985. 
  • Glenwright, M., Tapley, B., Rano, J., & Pexman, P.M. (2017). "Developing appreciation for sarcasm and sarcastic gossip: It depends on perspective." Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 60, 3295–3309. 
  • Glenwright, M., Parackel, J. M, Cheung, K. R. J., & Nilsen, E. (2013). "Intonation influences how children and adults interpret sarcasm." Journal of Child Language, 41, 472-484.
  • Glenwright, M., & Agbayewa, A. S. (2012). "Older children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder can comprehend verbal irony in computer-mediated communication." Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 628-638. 
  • Nilsen, E., Glenwright, M., & Huyder, V. (2011). "Children understand that verbal irony comprehension depends on listener knowledge." Journal of Cognition and Development, 12, 374-409. 

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