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Thomas A. Mellman
Title Professor, Director
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree MD
Institution Howard University
Department Psychiatry
Clusters Other
Address
520 W st NW
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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2020Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)2UL1TR001409-06
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2020Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk5R01HL136626-04
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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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2018Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk5R01HL136626-02
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2018Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-04
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2017Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-03
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2017Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk3R01HL136626-01S1
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2017Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk1R01HL136626-01
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2016Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)3UL1TR001409-02S2
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2016Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)5UL1TR001409-02
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2016Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)3UL1TR001409-02S1
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2015Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)1UL1TR001409-01
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2015Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU3UL1TR000101-05S2
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2014Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU3UL1TR000101-05S1
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2014Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU5KL2TR000102-05
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2014Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU5UL1TR000101-05
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2013Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU5UL1TR000101-04
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2013Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU5KL2TR000102-04
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2013Sleep and Processing Traumatic Memory5R21MH094815-02
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2013Sleep Adaptations to Stress5R21MD007633-02
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2012Sleep Adaptations to Stress1R21MD007633-01
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2012Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU8UL1TR000101-03
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2012Sleep and Processing Traumatic Memory1R21MH094815-01A1
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2012Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU8KL2TR000102-03
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2011Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans5R01HL087995-04
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2011Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU5UL1RR031975-02
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2010Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans3R01HL087995-02S1
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2010Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans5R01HL087995-03
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2010Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHU1UL1RR031975-01
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2009NBP5M01RR010284-14
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2009Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans5R01HL087995-02
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2009Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans3R01HL087995-01A2S1
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2009Psychobiology of Sleep Disturbance with PTSD5K24MH001917-11
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2008Nocturnal Blood Pressure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans1R01HL087995-01A2
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2008NBP5M01RR010284-13
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2008Psychobiology of Sleep Disturbance with PTSD5K24MH001917-10
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2007REM-PTSD5M01RR010284-12
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2007NBP5M01RR010284-12
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2007Psychobiology of Sleep Disturbance with PTSD5K24MH001917-09
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2006Planning Grants for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science1P20RR023485-01
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2006Psychobiology of Sleep Disturbance with PTSD5K24MH001917-08
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2006NBP2M01RR010284-11
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2006REM-PTSD2M01RR010284-11
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2006PLANNING GRANTS FOR INSTITUTIONAL CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE1P20RR023485-01
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2005REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD5R01MH054006-09
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2005REM-PTSD5M01RR010284-10
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2005Psychobiology of Sleep Disturbance with PTSD2K24MH001917-07A2
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2004REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD7R01MH054006-08
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2003REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD5R01MH054006-07
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2003REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD3R01MH054006-07S1
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2003MIDCAREER-INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARC5K24MH001917-05
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2003MIDCAREER-INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARC7K24MH001917-06
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2002MIDCAREER-INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARC5K24MH001917-04
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2002REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD5R01MH054006-06
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2001MIDCAREER-INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARC5K24MH001917-03
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2001REM Sleep &Memory Processing During Development of PTSD2R01MH054006-05A1
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2000MIDCAREER-INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARC5K24MH001917-02
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1999MIDCAREER INVESTIGATOR AWARD IN PATIENT ORIENTED RESEARC1K24MH001917-01
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1999PTSD AND SLEEP FOLLOWING SEVERE ACCIDENTAL INJURY5R01MH054006-04
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1998PTSD AND SLEEP FOLLOWING SEVERE ACCIDENTAL INJURY5R01MH054006-03
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1997PTSD AND SLEEP FOLLOWING SEVERE ACCIDENTIAL INJURY5R01MH054006-02
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1996PTSD AND SLEEP FOLLOWING SEVERE ACCIDENTIAL INJURY1R01MH054006-01A2
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1993SLEEP DISTURBANCES AND PSYCHIATRIC MORBIDITY1R03MH051475-01
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1987NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM3F35MH009410-02S2
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1986NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM3F35MH009410-01S2
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1986NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM5F35MH009410-02
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1986NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM3F35MH009410-02S1
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1985NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM3F35MH009410-01S1
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1985NIH INTRAMURAL NRSA INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM1F35MH009410-01

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1. Mellman TA. A time to recognize trauma-related sleep disorder or a time to pause and consider? Sleep. 2020 Apr 20.
2. Mellman TA. A new meta-analysis of sleep findings in PTSD, toward integration and coherence. Sleep Med Rev. 2019 12; 48:101220.
3. Bell KA, Kobayashi I, Akeeb A, Lavela J, Mellman TA. Emotional response to perceived racism and nocturnal heart rate variability in young adult African Americans. J Psychosom Res. 2019 06; 121:88-92.
4. Mellman TA. Reduced heart rate variability during sleep: a candidate PTSD biomarker with implications for health risk: Commentary on Ulmer et al., "Posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis is associated with reduced parasympathetic activity during sleep in US veterans and military service members of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars". Sleep. 2018 12 01; 41(12).
5. Mellman TA, Bell KA, Abu-Bader SH, Kobayashi I. Neighborhood stress and autonomic nervous system activity during sleep. Sleep. 2018 06 01; 41(6).
6. Raskind MA, Peskind ER, Chow B, Harris C, Davis-Karim A, Holmes HA, Hart KL, McFall M, Mellman TA, Reist C, Romesser J, Rosenheck R, Shih MC, Stein MB, Swift R, Gleason T, Lu Y, Huang GD. Trial of Prazosin for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans. N Engl J Med. 2018 02 08; 378(6):507-517.
7. Bell KA, Kobayashi I, Chen Y, Mellman TA. Nocturnal autonomic nervous system activity and morning proinflammatory cytokines in young adult African Americans. J Sleep Res. 2017 08; 26(4):510-515.