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Melissa Lee Anderson PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    Boston University, Boston, MA, United StatesBAPsychology
    Boston University, Boston, MA, United StatesBSDeaf Studies
    Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, United StatesMAPsychology
    Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, United StatesPHDClinical Psychology

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    Melissa L. Anderson, Ph.D. is a psychologist and clinical researcher in the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry, studying an underdeveloped but critical topic area – the development and evaluation of evidence-based psychotherapies for Deaf clients.


    Members of the Deaf community – a sociolinguistic minority group of at least 500,000 Americans whose primary language is American Sign Language (ASL) – experience trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorder (SUD) at rates double to the general population. Yet, to address these disparities, there are no evidence-based behavioral health treatments that have been empirically tested for efficacy with Deaf people. Melissa is making a critical first step toward reducing Deaf people’s behavioral health disparities by developing and evaluating Deaf-accessible interventions for trauma and addiction.


    Melissa has a long-standing history of commitment to the Deaf community, and is highly motivated to focus her research career on developing and evaluating psychotherapy interventions for this unique population. Her interests in this area developed as an undergraduate student at Boston University, where she volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter and witnessed first-hand a Deaf survivor return to a severely abusive relationship due to lack of communication access in the shelter. This experience instilled in her a commitment to provide accessible mental health services to a severely underserved linguistic minority group.


    Because of her interests, she pursued a doctorate in clinical psychology at Gallaudet University, a federally-chartered university for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students. There she obtained APA-accredited training in clinical psychology, provided clinical services to a broad array of Deaf people, and, most importantly, lived and learned as a minority group member in a majority Deaf world. Melissa spent her graduate career studying the experiences of Deaf survivors of intimate partner violence. Since leaving Gallaudet, Melissa has continued to show commitment to providing accessible services to members of the Deaf community.


    At UMass, Melissa provides individual therapy to Deaf clients recovering from trauma and addiction and conducts research on best approaches for working with Deaf clients. She is the recent recipient of a Clinical Research Scholar Award (K12) administered by the UMass Center for Clinical & Translational Science, with which she and a team of Deaf and hearing clinicians and community members are currently developing a digital American Sign Language therapy manual for treating trauma and addiction.




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    1. Blasi PR, Krakauer C, Anderson ML, Nelson J, Bush T, Catz SL, McClure JB. Factors associated with future dental care utilization among low-income smokers overdue for dental visits. BMC Oral Health. 2018 Nov 01; 18(1):183. PMID: 30382910.
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    2. Tabano DC, Anderson ML, Ritzwoller DP, Beck A, Carroll N, Fishman PA, Grossman DC. Estimating the Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Worker Productivity using Self-Report, Electronic Health Record and Human Resource Data. J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Sep 04. PMID: 30188491.
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    3. Anderson ML, Riker T, Gagne K, Hakulin S, Higgins T, Meehan J, Stout E, Pici-D'Ottavio E, Cappetta K, Wolf Craig KS. Deaf Qualitative Health Research: Leveraging Technology to Conduct Linguistically and Sociopolitically Appropriate Methods of Inquiry. Qual Health Res. 2018 Jun 01; 1049732318779050. PMID: 29890891.
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    4. McClure JB, Bush T, Anderson ML, Blasi P, Thompson E, Nelson J, Catz SL. Oral Health Promotion and Smoking Cessation Program Delivered via Tobacco Quitlines: The Oral Health 4 Life Trial. Am J Public Health. 2018 May; 108(5):689-695. PMID: 29565660.
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    5. Anderson ML, Chang BH, Kini N. Alcohol and drug use among deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals: A secondary analysis of NHANES 2013-2014. Subst Abus. 2018 Feb 16; 1-8. PMID: 29452067.
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    6. Rosenberg DE, Lee AK, Anderson M, Renz A, Matson TE, Kerr J, Arterburn D, McClure JB. Reducing Sedentary Time for Obese Older Adults: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2018 Feb 12; 7(2):e23. PMID: 29434012.
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    7. McClure JB, Anderson ML. Evaluation of a population-level strategy to promote tobacco treatment use among insured smokers: a pragmatic, randomized trial. BMC Public Health. 2018 02 08; 18(1):228. PMID: 29422026.
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    8. Gray SL, Anderson ML, Hanlon JT, Dublin S, Walker RL, Hubbard RA, Yu O, Montine TJ, Crane PK, Sonnen JA, Keene CD, Larson EB. Exposure to Strong Anticholinergic Medications and Dementia-Related Neuropathology in a Community-Based Autopsy Cohort. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018; 65(2):607-616. PMID: 30056417.
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    9. Gray SL, Walker RL, Dublin S, Yu O, Aiello Bowles EJ, Anderson ML, Crane PK, Larson EB. Proton Pump Inhibitor Use and Dementia Risk: Prospective Population-Based Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Feb; 66(2):247-253. PMID: 29134629.
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    10. LaCroix AZ, Hubbard RA, Gray SL, Anderson ML, Crane PK, Sonnen JA, Zaslavsky O, Larson EB. Trajectories of physical function prior to death and brain neuropathology in a community-based cohort: the act study. BMC Geriatr. 2017 Nov 02; 17(1):258. PMID: 29096630.
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    11. Herman PM, Anderson ML, Sherman KJ, Balderson BH, Turner JA, Cherkin DC. Cost-effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Usual Care Among Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Oct 15; 42(20):1511-1520. PMID: 28742756.
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    12. Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Chubak J, Fuller S, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. A centralized mailed program with stepped increases of support increases time in compliance with colorectal cancer screening guidelines over 5 years: A randomized trial. Cancer. 2017 Nov 15; 123(22):4472-4480. PMID: 28753230.
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    13. McClure JB, Blasi PR, Cook A, Bush T, Fishman P, Nelson J, Anderson ML, Catz SL. Corrigendum to "Oral health 4 life: Design and methods of a semi-pragmatic randomized trial to promote oral health care and smoking abstinence among tobacco quitline callers" [Contemp. Clin. Trials 57 (2017) 90-97]. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Oct; 61:133. PMID: 28750939.
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    14. Young E, Paulk J, Beck J, Anderson M, Burck M, Jobman L, Stickrath C. Impact of Altered Medication Administration Time on Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds on Academic Medical Ward. J Nurs Care Qual. 2017 Jul/Sep; 32(3):218-225. PMID: 27611580.
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    15. McClure JB, Blasi PR, Cook A, Bush T, Fishman P, Nelson J, Anderson ML, Catz SL. Oral health 4 life: Design and methods of a semi-pragmatic randomized trial to promote oral health care and smoking abstinence among tobacco quitline callers. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Apr 12. PMID: 28412230.
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    16. Green BB, Fuller S, Anderson ML, Mahoney C, Mendy P, Powell SL. A Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening: Collaboration between a Primary Care Clinic and Research Team. J Fam Med. 2017; 4(3). PMID: 29399669.
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    17. Hall WC, Levin LL, Anderson ML. Language deprivation syndrome: a possible neurodevelopmental disorder with sociocultural origins. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017 Feb 16. PMID: 28204923.
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    18. Henrikson NB, Chang E, Ulrich K, King D, Anderson ML. Communication with Physicians about Health Care Costs: Survey of an Insured Population. Perm J. 2017; 21. PMID: 28406786.
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    19. Anderson ML, Wolf Craig KS, Ziedonis DM. Barriers and Facilitators to Deaf Trauma Survivors' Help-Seeking Behavior: Lessons for Behavioral Clinical Trials Research. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2017 Jan; 22(1):118-130. PMID: 27881479.
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    20. Anderson ML, Wolf Craig KS, Ziedonis DM. Deaf People's Help-Seeking Following Trauma: Experiences With and Recommendations for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Care System. Psychol Trauma. 2016 Oct 31. PMID: 27797568.
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    21. Anderson ML, Wolf Craig KS, Hall WC, Ziedonis DM. A Pilot Study of Deaf Trauma Survivors' Experiences: Early Traumas Unique to Being Deaf in a Hearing World. J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2016 Dec; 9(4):353-358. PMID: 28138351.
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    22. Anderson ML, Wolf Craig KS, Hall WC, Ziedonis DM. A pilot study of deaf trauma survivors’ experiences: Early traumas unique to being deaf in a hearing world. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2016; (Online 1st).
    23. Anderson ML, Sortwell A, Wolf Craig KS, Ziedonis DM . Symptom patterns of posttraumatic stress disorder among deaf trauma survivors. JADARA. 2016; 1(50).
    24. Mundon CR, Anderson ML, Najavits LM. Attitudes toward Substance Abuse Clients: An Empirical Study of Clinical Psychology Trainees. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Sep-Oct; 47(4):293-300. PMID: 26375324.
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    25. Anderson ML, Glickman NS, Mistler LA, Gonzalez M. Working therapeutically with deaf people recovering from trauma and addiction. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2016 Mar; 39(1):27-32. PMID: 25984736.
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    26. Patitz BJ, Anderson ML, Najavits LM. An outcome study of Seeking Safety with rural community-based women. Journal of Rural Mental Health. 2015; 1(39):54-58.
    27. Anderson ML, Najavits LM. Does seeking safety reduce PTSD symptoms in women receiving physical disability compensation? Rehabil Psychol. 2014 Aug; 59(3):349-53. PMID: 24978844.
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    28. Anderson ML, Ziedonis DM, Najavits LM. Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder comorbidity among individuals with physical disabilities: findings from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. J Trauma Stress. 2014 Apr; 27(2):182-91. PMID: 24659557.
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    29. Anderson ML, Kobek Pezzarossi CM. Violence against Deaf women: effect of partner hearing status. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2014 Jul; 19(3):411-21. PMID: 24296466.
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    30. Chakrabarti P, Kim JY, Singh M, Shin YK, Kim J, Kumbrink J, Wu Y, Lee MJ, Kirsch KH, Fried SK, Kandror KV. Melissa L. Anderson: APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology. Am Psychol. 2012 Nov; 67(8):716-7. PMID: 23163470.
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    31. Chadaga SR, Maher MP, Maller N, Mancini D, Mascolo M, Sharma S, Anderson ML, Chu ES. Evolving practice of hospital medicine and its impact on hospital throughput and efficiencies. J Hosp Med. 2012 Oct; 7(8):649-54. PMID: 22791678.
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    32. Gilbert G, Clark MD, & Anderson ML. Do deaf individuals’ dating scripts follow the traditional sexual script?. Sexuality and Culture. 2012; 1(16):90-99.
    33. Anderson ML, Kobek Pezzarossi CM. Is it abuse? Deaf female undergraduates' labeling of partner violence. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2012; 17(2):273-86. PMID: 22140216.
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    34. Anderson ML, Leigh IW. Intimate partner violence against deaf female college students. Violence Against Women. 2011 Jul; 17(7):822-34. PMID: 21676984.
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    35. Anderson ML, Leigh IW, & Samar VJ. Intimate partner violence against deaf women: A review. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. 2011; 3(16):200-206.
    36. Wolf Craig KS, Crisologo AC, Anderson ML, Sutton N, & Leigh IW. Reliability and validity of the Adapted COPE Scale with deaf college students. JADARA. 2011; 3(44):116-133.
    37. Allen TE, Anderson ML. Deaf students and their classroom communication: an evaluation of higher order categorical interactions among school and background characteristics. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2010; 15(4):334-47. PMID: 20624758.
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    38. Myers C, Clark MD, Musyoka MM, Anderson ML, Gilbert GL, Agyen S, Hauser PC. Black deaf individuals' reading skills: influence of ASL, culture, family characteristics, reading experience, and education. Am Ann Deaf. 2010; 155(4):449-57. PMID: 21305979.
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    39. Anderson ML, & Leigh, IW. Internal consistency and factor structure of the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales in a sample of deaf female college students. Journal of Family Violence. 2010; 5(25):475-483.
    40. Detrano RC, Anderson M, Nelson J, Wong ND, Carr JJ, McNitt-Gray M, Bild DE. Coronary calcium measurements: effect of CT scanner type and calcium measure on rescan reproducibility--MESA study. Radiology. 2005 Aug; 236(2):477-84. PMID: 15972340.
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