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Bloomberg Professor of American Health
Director for the Center for Adolescent Health

Tamar Mendelson, PhD, MA, addresses the development, evaluation & dissemination of prevention strategies to improve adolescence mental health in underserved urban populations.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 853
(410) 955-9088

Research Interests

"Mental Health"; adolescent health; opportunity youth; urban youth; health equity; prevention; early intervention; trauma; depression; mindfulness; yoga
Experiences & Accomplishments
Duke University
Duke University
My research addresses the development, evaluation, and dissemination of prevention strategies to improve mental health among underserved populations, with a focus on adolescents in urban communities.

I am currently evaluating trauma-informed and mindfulness-based approaches for improving emotional and behavioral outcomes among urban middle and high school students. In addition, through the Center for Adolescent Health and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, I collaborate with multiple partners to help reduce the number of young people who become disconnected from school, the workforce, and other key supports. I am particularly interested in research that includes young people's input and collaboration and advances health equity for young people.
Honors & Awards
Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award: University partner to award winner Joni Holifield of HeartSmiles (2020)
Leadership Development Program: Influencer Program (2017-2018)
JHSPH Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
The Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students Mentoring Award (2012)
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)
Select Publications
Selected publications:
  • Arnold, K.T., Pollack Porter, K.M., Frattaroli, S., Durham, R.E., Clary, L.K., & Mendelson, T. (2021). Multilevel barriers and facilitators to sustainability of a universal trauma-informed school-based mental health intervention following an efficacy trial: A qualitative study. School Mental Health. Epub 2 January.
  • Mendelson, T., Clary, L., Sibinga, E., Tandon, S.D., Musci, R., Mmari, K., Salkever, D., Stuart, E., & Ialongo, N. (2020). A randomized controlled trial of a trauma-informed school prevention program for urban youth: Rationale, design, and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 90, 105895.
  • Mendelson, T., Sheridan, S.C., & Clary, L.K. (2020). Research with youth of color in low-income communities: Strategies for recruiting and retaining participants. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Epub 25 August.
  • Arnold, K.T., Pollack Porter, K.M., Frattaroli, S., Durham, R.E., Mmari, K., Clary, L.K., & Mendelson, T. (2020). Factors that influenced adoption of a school-based trauma-informed universal mental health intervention. Prevention Science, 21, 1081-1092.
  • Webb, L., Clary, L., Johnson, R., & Mendelson, T. (2020). Electronic and school bullying victimization by race/ethnicity and sexual minority status in a nationally representative sample of adolescents in the United States. Journal of Adolescent Health. Epub 10 July.
Project Vital (Vacant Lot Improvement to Improve Adolescent Lives)
Project POWER
Adolescent Stress, Critical Consciousness, and Resilience Trajectories in the Context of Structural Racism