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Tamar Mendelson, PhD

  • Dr. Ali & Rose Kawi Professorship in Mental Health
  • Associate Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 853
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 955-9088

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PhD, Duke University, 2003
MA, Duke University, 2000


My research addresses the development, evaluation, and dissemination of prevention strategies to improve maternal and child mental health, with a focus on underserved urban populations.

Youth and adolescents. I am currently evaluating mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral approaches for improving emotional and behavioral outcomes among urban middle and high school students.

Perinatal mental health. I am assessing mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioral strategies to promote maternal mental health and prevent postpartum depression in contexts that serve at-risk perinatal women, including home visitation programs and neonatal intensive care units.

Honors and Awards

The Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students Mentoring Award (2012)

JHSPH Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)

Finalist, Aspen Brain Forum Prize in Neuroeducation, Aspen Brain Forum Foundation and New York Academy of Sciences (2011)

Senior Investigator, Mind and Life Summer Institute (2010)

Faculty Innovations Fund Awardee, JHSPH (2008-2009)

Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry, Stanford University, CA (2007)

Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Harvard University (2004-2006)

Robert E. Harris Memorial Award: Outstanding Clinical Psychology Fellow, University of California, San Francisco (2004)

NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from NIMH (2001-2002)

American Psychological Foundation Graduate Research Scholarship in Psychology (2001-2002)

Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship, Duke University (2001-2002)

James B. Duke Fellowship, Duke University (1997-2001)

Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University (1993)

Magna cum laude, Yale University (1993)

Distinction in the Humanities Major, Yale University (1993)

Marshall Dodge Prize for Philosophy, Yale University (1990)

  • "Mental Health"
  • adolescent health
  • depression
  • perinatal depression
  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • mindfulness
  • yoga
  • women's health
  • minority mental health
  • Feagans Gould, L., Mendelson, T., Dariotis, J.K., Ancona, M., Smith, A.S.R., Gonzalez, A.A., Smith, A.A., & Greenberg, M.T. (Accepted). Assessing implementation of core components in a mindfulness and yoga intervention for urban youth: The CORE process. New Directions for Youth Development.

  • Mendelson, T., Dariotis, J.K., Feagans Gould, L., Smith, A., Smith, A., Gonzalez, A., & Greenberg, M.T. (2013). Implementing mindfulness and yoga in urban schools: A community-academic partnership. Journal of Children’s Services, 8, 276-291. DOI 10.1108/JCS-04-2013-0016

  • Mendelson, T., Leis, J.A., Perry, D.F., Stuart, E.A., & Tandon, S.D. (2013). Impact of a preventive intervention for perinatal depression on mood regulation, social support, and coping. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 16, 211-218. DOI 10.1007/s00737-013-0332-4

  • Leis, J.A., Heron, J., Stuart, S.A., & Mendelson, T. (2013). Associations between maternal mental health and child emotional and behavioral problems: Does prenatal mental health matter? Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s10802-013-9766-4

  • Mendelson, T., Greenberg, M.T., Dariotis, J.K., Gould, L.F., Rhoades, B.L., & Leaf, P.J. (2010). Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a school-based mindfulness intervention for urban youth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38, 985-994.