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Melissa P. DelBello, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Division of Psychiatry


UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Phone: 513-558-2989


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Pediatric mood disorders


Melissa DelBello, MD, has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 2000. She is currently the vice-chair of Clinical Research in the Division of Psychiatry, the director of Research Training and Education at Cincinnati Children's, and the co-director of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research at the UC College of Medicine. 

Dr. DelBello is also a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics. Dr. DelBello’s expertise is in the field of neurodevelopment and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders. She has been studying pharmacological interventions for the neurofunction, neurochemistry, and outcome of adolescents with and at risk for developing bipolar disorder for over 15 years. In addition to teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally, she has received numerous awards and honors and has authored over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. She is the principal investigator of several NIH, foundation and pharmaceutical research grants.

Education and Training

BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 1995.

MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York 2002.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, Cincinnati, Ohio, anticipated 2005.

Internship and Residencies: 1995-1996 Resident in Psychiatry, Payne Whitney Clinic New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York, 1996-1998 Resident in Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fellowships: 1990 National Science Foundation Young Scientist Training Program, 1991-1993 Fellow, MD/PhD Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1998-2000 Clinical Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio,1998-2000 Research Fellow, Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Certification: Psychiatry, 1998.


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Multimodal Neuroimaging of Treatment. Effects in Adolescent Mania. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Aug 2009 - Apr 2014.

The neurochemical effects of omega-3 fatty acids in adolescents at risk for developing mania. Co-Principal Investigator. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Mental Health. Jul 2007 - Jun 2013.

University of Cincinnati Bipolar Disorder Imaging and Treatment Research Center (BITREC Project-3). Principal Investigator. National Institute of Mental Health. Aug 2007 - May 2013.