Melanie LaForce was born in Painesville, Ohio. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, Dave Abbott, and several rescue beasts.

Melanie holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and a BA from Ohio University.

She is a senior researcher at the University of Chicago, and serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

Melanie is a retired skater and current trainer for The Windy City Rollers. She occasionally performs improv comedy with funny people.

Her hobbies include butter-eating, nap-taking, and cute-animal-petting.