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Melissa Lee Anderson PhD

TitleAssociate 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 is a Gallaudet University-trained psychologist and clinical researcher who strives to provide accessible behavioral healthcare to members of the U.S. Deaf community. Melissa is Co-Director of the Stakeholder Engagement Program in the UMass Medical School Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) and Director of the DeafYES! Center for Deaf Empowerment and Recovery. The clinical mission of DeafYES! is to provide culturally-affirmative, linguistically-accessible behavioral health services to Deaf clients. Their programs of research revolve around developing innovative behavioral health interventions and research methods, and include an NIAAA-funded project to develop and evaluate the first evidence-based psychotherapy for Deaf clients. Melissa’s career within the Deaf community has only been successful because of the participatory action nature of her work. Her team’s clinical services and research studies are co-led by Deaf professionals and Deaf laypersons, ensuring that the work they do is relevant and accessible. In addition to this community co-leadership model, Melissa’s team continuously infuses the voice of Deaf community members into their work via ongoing qualitative interviews, focus groups, and community forums.




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    1. Anderson ML, Riker T, Wilkins AM. Application of the truth and reconciliation model to meaningfully engage deaf sign language users in the research process. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2021 Jul 01. PMID: 34197145.
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    2. Green BB, Anderson ML, Cook AJ, Chubak J, Fuller S, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. A Centralized Program with Stepped Support Increases Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening Over 9 Years: a Randomized Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 May 28. PMID: 34047921.
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    3. Anderson ML, Glickman NS, Wolf Craig KS, Sortwell Crane AK, Wilkins AM, Najavits LM. Developing Signs of Safety: A Deaf-accessible counselling toolkit for trauma and addiction. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2021 Apr 13. PMID: 33847426.
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    4. Anderson ML, Wolf Craig KS, Hostovsky S, Bligh M, Bramande E, Walker K, Biebel K, Byatt N. Creating the Capacity to Screen Deaf Women for Perinatal Depression: A Pilot Study. Midwifery. 2020 Oct 23; 92:102867. PMID: 33166783.
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    5. Patell R, Raska P, Lee N, Luciano G, DiNardo DJ, Baduashvili A, Anderson ML, Merritt F, Rothberg MB. Development and Validation of a Test for Competence in Evidence-Based Medicine. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 05; 35(5):1530-1536. PMID: 31848856.
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    6. Anderson ML, Riker T, Hakulin S, Meehan J, Gagne K, Higgins T, Stout E, Pici-D'Ottavio E, Cappetta K, Wolf Craig KS. Deaf ACCESS: Adapting Consent Through Community Engagement and State-of-the-Art Simulation. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ. 2019 Nov 29. PMID: 31782774.
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    7. Day SJ, Cappetta KA, Anderson ML. A Brief Report: Interpersonal Violence Exposure and Violence Myth Acceptance in the Ohio Deaf Community. JADARA. 2019; 52(2):1-10. PMID: 34142110.
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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Anderson ML. Capsule Commentary on Vasunilashorn et al., Quantifying the Severity of a Delirium Episode throughout Hospitalization: The Combined Importance of Intensity and Duration. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 10; 31(10):1217. PMID: 27067348.
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    14. 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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    15. 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).
    16. Anderson ML, Sortwell A, Wolf Craig KS, Ziedonis DM . Symptom patterns of posttraumatic stress disorder among deaf trauma survivors. JADARA. 2016; 1(50).
    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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.
    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. Gilbert G, Clark MD, & Anderson ML. Do deaf individuals’ dating scripts follow the traditional sexual script?. Sexuality and Culture. 2012; 1(16):90-99.
    25. 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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    26. 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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    27. 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.
    28. 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.
    29. 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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    30. 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.
    31. 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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