Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Professor of Medical Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences,
Columbia University, NY, NY
Research Scientist, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health,
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Co-Director, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health,
Co-Director, T32 HIV postodoctoral Research Fellowhip,
Co-Director, Office of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry,
Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease in families and children in the US and globally. She is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences) at Columbia University, as well as a research scientist and co-director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in the Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.
Over the past 23 years she has completed projects examining neurodevelopment, mental health and sexual and drug risk behavior in HIV-affected children, adolescents and adults; as well as factors influencing medical adherence, sexual and drug risk behavior and psychiatric functioning in HIV infected and HIV-affected children, adolescents, and adults. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-investigator of a large number of foundation and federally-funded research projects based in the US and internationally, including multiple cohort studies of perinatally HIV-infected and perinatally HIV-exposed children and adolescents. Most recently these projects include a) Project CASAH (Risk and Resilience Trajectories to Young Adulthood: The Role of Perinatal HIV ; R01-MH69133; PI: Mellins), a federally funded multisite behavioral study in NYC of perinatally HIV-infected and HIV- exposed youth; b) the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS; U01-HD52104; PI: Van Dyke), a large federally funded multi-site study of perinatally HIV-exposed infants, children, and adolescents; c) CHAMP+ for HIV+ youth in the US (R34-MH72382; PI: McKay; Co-PIs: Mellins, Abrams), and South Africa (CHAMP+SA; R21-NR10474; PI: Mellins); VUKA; R01-HD74052; PI: Mckay; Co-I: Mellins); MASIVUKENI, an adherence intervention for HIV+ women and men in Cape Town, South Africa (R01-MH95576; PI Remien; Co-I: Mellins), and Asenze, an epidemiological study neurodevelopment and health outcomes in young children and their caregivers living in South Africa in a high HIV seroprevalence community (R01-HD053051; PI: Davidson; Co-I: Mellins). From 2009-2013, she was a standing member of NIH Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section and have consulted on international issues related to children and risk behavior for the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s IRB. In addition to her research, Dr. Mellins co-founded and co-directs the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the first and largest mental health clinics for HIV-infected women, children, adolescents and families. The Special Needs Clinic has provided care to over 1,800 patients since 1992. In February, 2014, Dr. Mellins became co-director of the Office of Clinical Psychology for CUMC. Through all of her work todate, she has extensive skills in cognitive and behavioral research and the interface with biomedical issues; integration of HIV prevention and mental health services, academic-clinical partnerships, studies in clinical and hospital-based settings, experience with oversight of longitudinal studies with children, adolescents, adults and families from impoverished communities, and assessment of pediatric cognitive and mental health function, as well as adolescent and young adult sexual risk behavior in the context of HIV, and adapting evidence-based interventions for low resource settings in ways that are feasible and scalable.
Undergraduate: Brown University, A.B.. with Honors, Psychology , 1982
Graduate: University of Southern California, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1990
Mental Health, Risk and Resilience, and Behavioral Health (sexual and drug risk behavior, adherence to treatment) in children, adolescents and families affected by HIV globally
1. Mellins CA, Elkington KS, Leu CS, Santamaria EK, Dolezal C, Wiznia A, Bamji M, Mckay M, Abrams EJ. : Prevalence and change in psychiatric disorders among perinatally HIV-infected and HIV-exposed youth. AIDS Care 2012;24: 953-962
1. Mellins CA, Tassiopoulos K, Malee K, Moscicki AB, Patton D, Smith R, Usitalo A, Allison SM, Van Dyke R, Seage GR III for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study Team: Behavioral health risks in perinatally HIV-infected youth: Co-occurrence of sexual and drug use behavior, mental health problems, and non-adherence to antiretroviral treatment. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 2011;25: 413-22
1. Mellins CA, Elkington KS, Bauermeister JA, Brackis-Cott E, Dolezal C, McKay M, Wiznia A, Bamji M, Abrams EJ: Sexual and drug use behavior in perinatally-HIV-infected youth: Mental health and family influences. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2009;48: 810-819
1. Bhana A, McKay M, Mellins C, Peterson I, Bell C: Family-based HIV prevention and intervention services for youth living in poverty-affected contexts: The CHAMP model of collaborative, evidence-informed programme development. Journal of International AIDS Society 2010;13, S8