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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Full Time Faculty

Dr. Melisa RowlandMelisa D. Rowland, M.D.
Associate Professor
Family Services Research Center

(843)876-1815 phone
(843)876-1845 fax


Biographical Sketch
Melisa D. Rowland is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina.  Much of Dr. Rowland’s research involves developing, implementing and evaluating, clinically effective family-based interventions for youths presenting serious emotional and behavioral problems. Currently, she is the primary investigator for a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant designed to evaluate the efficacy of a modified version of the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) for use with substance abusing caregivers of adolescents receiving multisytemic therapy (MST).  Dr. Rowland also serves as a co-investigator on a NIDA-funded study designed to examine the statewide adoption and implementation of an evidence-based adolescent substance abuse treatment by practitioners working within the South Carolina state substance abuse treatment system.  Dr. Rowland has completed a NIDA-funded K12 award grant focusing on the development of empirically grounded community-based treatments for youths presenting with substance use disorders.  She also recently served as co-investigator for an Annie E. Casey funded research evaluation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of a MST-based continuum of services provided to a population of youth at risk of out-of-home placement due to severe emotional and behavioral problems.  As such, Dr. Rowland has extensive experience providing, supervising and researching community-based clinical services for youths and their family members who present with serious emotional, behavioral and substance use problems.

Clinical and/or Research Expertise
Multisytemic Therapy (MST), Transport of evidence-based practice to community settings for adolescent substance abuse, Serious emotional disturbance and juvenile delinquency.


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