Education:


Postdoctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology - 2007

  Fairleigh Dickinson University,

  Teaneck, NJ

                                        

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - 1987

  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,

  Northwestern University Medical School,

  Chicago, IL


M.A. in Clinical Psychology - 1983

  Loyola College of Maryland,

  Baltimore, MD


Master of Public Administration - 1976

  Pennsylvania State University,

  University Park, PA


A.B. in Government - 1972

  College of William and Mary,

  Williamsburg, VA

Dr. Jacob I. Melamed

Dr. Jacob Melamed is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland.  He provides general psychotherapy services to individuals and couples.  He has a specialty in the treatment of addictions.  He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his clinical internship at the Washington, D. C. Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Dr. Melamed is licensed in the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Clinically, Dr. Melamed has found his calling working with adults to overcome addictive disorders.   He holds certification in the treatment of alcohol and psychoactive substance use disorders by College of Professional Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is a sought-after expert.  He has provided consultation services to both outpatient and residential treatment programs.  Dr. Melamed was appointed by the governor to serve on the Maryland Drug Treatment Task force.  He has provided clinical consultation to uniformed counselors providing evaluation and treatment services to Marine Corps personnel at Quantico.  Dr.  Melamed has provided expert testimony before courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia in criminal cases (competency, murder, sexual assault) in which alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, PCP or other drugs of abuse were a significant factor.  He has served as an expert witness on behalf of a sober housing program in a zoning dispute.

Dr. Melamed holds a post-doctoral master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He is committed to using his psychopharmacology training to promote informed understanding of the real benefits of the medications that are used to treat addictive disorders and mental illnesses .  He is concerned with helping each patient to make an informed decision about the potential benefits as well as possible risks of medications as it applies to each patient’s unique circumstances.  Dr. Melamed has incorporated this knowledge into his general therapy practice.  

 

Dr. Melamed’s decision to pursue advanced training in psychopharmacology came out of his work with patients who are “dually diagnosed."  These are individuals who have an addictive disorder and simultaneously have another mental health condition such as depression, anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.  Dr. Melamed has delivered presentations at training seminars and professional conferences on psychopharmacology for therapists and effectively integrating medication in the treatment of “dually diagnosed” patients.

 

As part of his general practice, Dr. Melamed works with individuals and couples.  In individual psychotherapy, in addition to alcohol and substance use disorders, Dr. Melamed treats depression/mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues and stage-of-life issues.  In couples treatment, Dr. Melamed works with chronic conflict, infidelity, and the effects of addiction on the couple.  Dr. Melamed has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a couples therapist recommended by his peers and prominent divorce attorneys.

Education:


Postdoctoral M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology - 2007            Fairleigh Dickinson University,

                                                                                                              Teaneck, NJ

                                        

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - 1987                                                   Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
                                                                                                              Northwestern University Medical School,
                                                                                                              Chicago, IL


M.A. in Clinical Psychology - 1983                                                    Loyola College of Maryland,

                                                                                                            . Baltimore, MD


Master of Public Administration - 1976                                           Pennsylvania State University,

                                                                                                              University Park, PA


A.B. in Government - 1972                                                                College of William and Mary,

                                                                                                           . .Williamsburg, VA

Certifications:
 

American Psychological Association/College of Professional Psychology:

Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders

Professional Memberships:
 

American Psychological Association: Member
 

Maryland Psychological Association: Fellow

Chair, Maryland Psychological Association Political Action Committee: 2013 to 2014

Chair, Licensing Issues Committee: 2010 to 2013

Chair, Ethics Committee: 2004 to 2005.

Treasurer: 2000 to 2002

Board Member: 1994 to 1996
 

Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology: Member

Advisory Board Member: 2015 to Present

Board Member: 2011 to 2014
Board Member: 1996 to 1998

Psychotherapy can be helpful if you are struggling with: 
  • feelings of depression
  • chronic worry and anxiety
  • discouragement about the future
  • relationship problems (personal and/or work)
  • concerns about alcohol or drug use
     
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