Melanie K. Bean, PhD, LCP
Director of clinical and behavioral services
Appointments: (804) 828-CHOR (2467)
Fax: (804) 527-4728
PhD: Virginia Commonwealth University
Areas of Interest
Psychological services for obesity and diabetes
Dr. Bean is involved in several multidisciplinary research endeavors in the area of pediatric obesity. Her primary research interests are in examining behavioral, surgical and psychological treatments for pediatric obesity. These include studies with the T.E.E.N.S. Weight Management Program (Teaching, Encouragement, Exercise, Nutrition, Support), a multidisciplinary treatment program for overweight and obese adolescents, and those investigating a novel weight loss surgery among adolescents. Dr. Bean's funded investigations include trials examining use of motivational interviewing to enhance treatment effects among participants enrolled in obesity treatments.
Dr. Bean is licensed in clinical psychology and received her PhD in counseling psychology, with a specialization in health psychology, from VCU. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital and the Indian Health Services in Albuquerque, NM. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at VCU. She joined CHoR in 2008. Dr. Bean is the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Services for the Healthy Lifestyles Center. As a health psychologist, Dr. Bean's clinical and research endeavors have focused on developing and implementing empirically supported strategies to facilitate health behavior changes and reduce disease risk among high-risk populations. She serves as a research mentor and clinical supervisor to both undergraduate and graduate psychology students. Dr. Bean has clinical expertise in motivational interviewing, and has conducted trainings for health care providers in multiple departments, including pharmacy, pediatrics, internal medicine and psychology.
Dr. Bean is licensed by the Virginia Board of Psychology in clinical psychology, She is an associate member of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, a member of the Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children, and a member of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Task Force. Dr. Bean is on the Editorial Board of Health Education and Behavior and Health Behavior and Policy Review, and serves as peer-reviewer for many additional journals.