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William Mellick PhD

William H. Mellick PhD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder co-occurrence
  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, DKI)
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Dr. William Mellick received his PhD in clinical psychology through the child/family track at the University of Houston in 2017. His graduate school research focused the utilization of high-risk research designs to examine plausible, previously unexplored social-cognitive and reward-based vulnerability factors underlying the intergenerational transmission of major depressive disorder. Dr. Mellick completed his APA-accredited clinical internship (2016-2017) and then continued his research training at MUSC as a NIAAA T32/F32 fellow working with the Bipolar Disorder Research Program. Dr. Mellick then joined the Addiction Sciences Division as a faculty member upon receipt of his NIAAA K23 award with which he is conducting a high-risk familial study examining reward brain circuitry structure and function towards the identification of preliminary endophenotypes for co-occurring bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder (BD+AUD). In addition, he currently serves as a co-investigator for a core clinical research component for the Charleston Alcohol Research Center and principal investigator for a pilot project evaluating bar-laboratory methods for the study of subjective response to alcohol and "choice" drinking in BD+AUD. Dr. Mellick is passionate about mentorship, including fellows of the Diversity in Addictions Research Training (DART) Program and trainees of the Charleston Consortium Internship Program at MUSC. He is actively considering postdoctoral fellowship applications.