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Melissa Middleton

Staff Full Name

Melissa A. Middleton, PhD

Specialty Areas:

child development, parent-child relationship

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Child Maltreatment

Angles of Approach

#Mental Health Psychological


Dr. Middleton’s clinical and research interests have focused on early childhood mental health, with an emphasis on the parent-child relationship. Her clinical work with TPEP largely involves providing assessment and intervention for maltreated children and families involved with child protective services. As part of this work, she also provides trainings focusing on the dissemination of information related to child maltreatment, attachment, emotional and behavioral functioning, and the implementation of evidence-based interventions focused on recovery from maltreatment. Through this program, she also provides trauma-informed intervention for perpetrators of intimate partner violence.


Publications: NCBI

Selected Publications:


Dr. Middleton’s School of Medicine profile page