Yale University

Melvin Hampton, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA


Melvin Hampton was a postdoctoral fellow in CIRA's NIMH Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University, as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to coming to CIRA, Dr. Hampton was an APA MFP Minority Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellow, an NIH/NIDA Diversity Supplement Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. His dissertation work explored the syndemic of mental health burden, substance use, and sexual risk-taking among HIV-positive, gay and bisexual men over 50 using latent variable analysis. He has also conducted research exploring novel ways in which to engage African-American men in HIV-testing and the developmental trajectories of emerging young adult gay and bisexual men in New York City. In addition to his research work, Dr. Hampton previously provided clinical services at Bellevue Hospital, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, as well as at Boston Medical Center and Children’s Services of Roxbury in Boston, MA.

Dr. Hampton’s work at CIRA will focus on the interplay of the social determinants of health and personal development among racial, ethnic, and sexual minority individuals and communities in relation to mental health, substance use, and sexual decision-making. His faculty mentor is Dr. John Pachankis.