Melanie J. Bonner, PhD


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Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor in Surgery
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
DUMC 3527
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1994
  • Clinical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 1995
  • Pediatric Psychology, Duke University Medical Center, 1995-1996
Clinical Interests:
Pediatric psychology; patients and families coping with chronic illness; psychological assessment of children and adolescents with medical, developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems
Research Interests:
My current research efforts focus on evaluating and remediating cognitive functioning in children with illnesses that impact the central nervous system. Current projects include: 1) evaluation of a cognitive intervention for children with sickle cell disease; 2) intervention aimed at improving adherence to medication regiments in children with sickle cell disease; and 3) remediation of cognitive deficits in children undergoing treatment for pediatric tumors.  I also consult on several multi-center projects aimed at evaluating cognitive functioning and quality of life in children with disease.