and: 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.
HIV Center for Clinial and Behavioral Studies Investigator
Member, Ramapo for Children, Rhinebeck NY
Member, American Psychological Association
Selected New York City Activities:
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.