Melba Sullivan, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Melba Sullivan is a graduate of Howard University, and earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in clinical/community psychology with a specialization in developmental psychology. She completed her clinical internship and postdoc at Duke University where she started working with children, couples, and families negotiating histories of neglect, abuse and trauma. At Northwestern University, she directed the Family Institute's Community Outreach Program,  taught in the Marital and Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology programs, and served as Resource Director for the law school's Cook County (Chicago) Juvenile Court Clinic.  She created youth development programs in North Carolina and Illinois, and was a member of the School Age and Cultural Competence Committees for the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. The partnership was charged with developing a comprehensive state plan that addresses the social and emotional needs of children. She regularly facilitates parent and professional trainings in developing emotion management and cross-cultural relational skills.

Dr. Sullivan comes to the Program for Survivors of Torture after living in Nigeria, and completing a Global Mental Health Certificate with the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. As a Staff Psychologist, she provides trainee supervision, clinical assessment, group and individual therapy. She is curious about the healing effects of hope.