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Thomas A. Mellman
Title Professor, Director
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree MD
Institution Howard University
Department Psychiatry
Clusters Other
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City Washington
State DC
Postal Code 20059
Telephone 2028067820
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  Thomas A. Mellman, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Stress/Sleep Studies Program at Howard University College of Medicine. He is the principal investigator representing Howard for the Georgetown Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science supported by a Clinical Translational Science Award from NIH. He received training at the NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs and has previously held faculty appointments and achieved the rank of Professor at the University of Miami and Dartmouth. Dr. Mellman has had continuous funding as PI on federal research grants since 1991 including a VA Merit award, and R01, R21, and K24 awards from NIMH, NHLBI, NIMHHD, and the DOD. His primary research interest over the years has been the role of sleep in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the early aftermath of trauma. He recently completed an RO1 grant to investigate the relationship of PTSD to nocturnal blood pressure in young adult African Americans and R21 grants to investigate the role of sleep in processing traumatic memory, and sleep adaptations to stressful environments. His additional research interests with resulting publications include other aspects of the psychobiology and treatment of PTSD, evidence-based practices in psychopharmacology, and the role of stress in health disparities. He has a consistent track record of mentoring junior investigators and interdisciplinary collaboration. He recently finished service as a member of the NIH study section for Mechanisms of Emotion Stress and Health, was previously a member of NIMH IRGs for Violence and Traumatic Stress and Interventions, and has served on several review committees for the NIH Roadmap and Department of Defense research programs. Dr. Mellman was a member of the original ISTSS committee for developing treatment guidelines for PTSD, APA committee for text revision of the DSM-IV, and the Institute of Medicine Committee for review of the evidence regarding the treatment of PTSD.

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I was a recipient of a K24 midcareer award in patient oriented research for 10 years for which one of the explicit aims is mentoring. Since finishing my own research training I have had a role in mentoring the research activities of numerous post-doctoral and graduate trainees in medicine and psychology. I have sponsored 4 individuals on minority or diversity supplements to my RO1 grants. A number of my mentees now have faculty positions and are active in research. I have a leadership role in mentoring students, postgraduate trainees, and junior faculty since coming to Howard University 11 years ago. My own research program focusses on the effects of trauma and stress on sleep and how these disruptions impact physical health.


1. Kobayashi I, Huntley E, Lavela J, Mellman TA. Subjectively and objectively measured sleep with and without posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma exposure. Sleep. 2012 Jul 1;35(7):957-65. PMC3369231.
2. Cowdin, N., Kobayashi, I., Mellman, T.A. (2014). Theta frequency activity during rapid eye movement sleep (REM) is greater in people with resilience versus PTSD. Experimental Brain Research. 1-7. PMID: 24531640.
3. Brownlow, J.A., Hall Brown, T.S., Mellman, T.A. (2014). Relationships of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms and Sleep Measures to Cognitive Performance in Young Adult African Americans. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 27:217-223. PMID: 24740871.
4. Kobayashi, I., Lavela, J., Mellman, T.A. (2014). Nocturnal Autonomic Balance and Sleep in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Resilience. Journal of Traumatic Stress 27, 6:712-716.
5. Alim, T.A., Feder, A., Graves, RE, Wang, Y, Weaver, J, Westphal, M, Alonso,A., Aigbogun, N.U., Smith, B.W., Doucette, J.T., Mellman, T.A., Lawson, MD, W.B., Charney, D.S., (2008) Trauma, Resilience and Recovery in a high-risk African American population. American Journal of Psychiatry 165(12): 1566-75. PMC2569763


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  Research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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2020Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk5R01HL136626-04
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2020Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)2UL1TR001409-06
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2019Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk5R01HL136626-03
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2019Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-05
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2018Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)3UL1TR001409-04S1
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2018Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-04
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2018Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk5R01HL136626-02
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2018HEAD START CONNECTS: INDIVIDUALIZING AND CONNECTS FAMILIES TO FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICESHHSP233201500059I/HHSP233201500059I
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2018 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION LEADERSHIP STUDY (EXCELS)HHSP233201500035I / HHSP23337038T
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2018WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE OF PROVEN AND PROMISING APPROACHES TO MOVE WELFARE RECIPIENTS TO WORKHHSP233201500035I_HHSP23337034T
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2018RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HUMAN SERVICES ANALYSIS EXECUTION PROJECTHHSP233201500064I_HHSP23337020T
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2018ASSESSING MODELS OF COORDINATED SERVICES FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIESHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337028T
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2018CHILD CARE INTERSTATE BACKGROUND CHECKS (CC-IBACS)HHSP233201500045I
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2018MOTHER AND INFANT HOME VISITING PROGRAM EVALUATION, LONG-TERM FOLLOW-UP 2 (MIHOPE-LT2)HHSP233201500059I/ HHSP23337010T
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2017EXPLORING THE RELATION BETWEEN POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT AND LANGUAGE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS.90YR0101-01
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2017ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS EXPOSED TO MALTREATMENT: EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF AN INTEGRATED EARLY HEAD START & CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES PROGRAM90YR0102-01
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2017LEVERAGING HOME LANGUAGES TO PROMOTE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING90YR0103-01
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2017A STRENGTHS-BASED APPROACH TO EXAMINING SUPPORTS FOR SELF-REGULATION SKILLS OF LATINO CHILDREN RAISED IN POVERTY90YR0104-01
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2017OBSERVING SELF-REGULATION IN CONTEXT IN HEAD START CLASSROOMS AND DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS SCHOOL READINESS90YR0105-01
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2017IMPLEMENTATION AND ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES FOR TEACHERS AND CAREGIVERS SERVING INFANTS AND TODDLERSHHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337021T
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2017ASSESSMENT AND MAPPING OF COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS IN HOME VISITING (AMC-HV)HHSP233201500034I/HHSP23337002T
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2017CHILD MALTREATMENT INCIDENCE DATA LINKAGES (CMI DATA LINKAGES)HHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337022T
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2017EVIDENCE BUILDING IN TANF: ADVANCING INNOVATIONS TO PROMOTE EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALSHHSP233201500059I/HHSP23337006T
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2017HEAD START FAMILY AND CHILD EXPERIENCES SURVEY (FACES) 2019HHSP233201500035I/HHSP23337024T
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2017Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk3R01HL136626-01S1
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2017Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-03
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2017Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk1R01HL136626-01