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Claude A. Mellins

Professor of Psychology (in Sociomedical Sciences) at the Columbia University Medical Center

Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Mellins is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease in families and children. ver the past 15 years she has completed projects examining individual and family psychosocial factors mediating medical adherence in HIV infected women and children; sexual and drug use risk behavior in uninfected youth with HIV infected mothers; and psychiatric and psychological functioning in HIV-infected mothers and children. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH-funded R01 grant: MH069133 Mental Health and Risk Behavior in HIV+ Youth and Seroreverter, one of the few studies examining psychiatric disorders and sexual and drug risk behavior in perinatally HIV-infected adolescents. Dr. Mellins is also an investigator and member of the neurodevelopment subcommittee of the Women and Infants Transmission Study (NIDA; U01 DA15053), a multisite study of HIV-infected pregnant women and their children. Most recently, Dr. Mellins has worked closely with providers and intervention researchers to develop and pilot a family based prevention intervention for perinatally HIV-infected adolescents and their caregivers (CHAMP+: Supporting HIV+ youth and their families; PI Mary McKay, Co-PIs Claude Mellins and Elaine Abrams). Dr. Mellins is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), a mental health clinic for HIV-affected women, children, and families that has provided care to over 1400 patients since 1992.
Areas of Expertise
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1990, University of Southern California

    MA, 1987, University of Southern California

    BA, 1982, Brown University


University Affiliations:

  • HIV Center for Clinial and Behavioral Studies  Investigator

Additional Affiliations:

  • Member, Ramapo for Children, Rhinebeck NY
  • Member, American Psychological Association
New York City
    Child and Adolescent Health and Self Awareness (Project CASAH)
    Dr. Mellins is the Prinicipal Investigator of Project CASAH, a research study examining the mental health and risk behavior of perinatally HIV-infected children. In this study we are comparing 200 infected youth, ages 9-16 to 150 uninfected (but HIV-exposed in utero) youth of the same age on a number of variables, including psychaitric disorders, sexual and drug risk behavior, family functioning, sources of support., etc. Families are interviewed at two times points, 18 months apart

    Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital
    Dr. Mellins is the Co-founder and co-director of the Special Needs Clinic (SNC). The SNC provides comprehensive family-based mental health services to children and families affected by HIV disease. To date, over 1300 patients have been seen since 1992. Dr. Mellins is clinical psychologist in this clinic.


Contact Information


PI Box 13; HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies; 1051 Riverside Drive

NY, NY 10032