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Melissa M. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist, Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego

Contact Information

CASRC/Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego 
3020 Children’s Way MC 5033 
San Diego, CA 92123


Melissa M. Jenkins, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Scientist at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Clinical Psychology. She completed her Predoctoral Psychology Internship at the University of California San Diego (UCSD)/VA Training Program. Dr. Jenkins was a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSD in the Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience program. Currently, Dr. Jenkins is an Assistant Research Scientist at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. Her program of research focuses on couples and sleep. Most recently, she has developed Partner-Assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with her collaborators in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Research Interests

  • Behavioral sleep medicine
  • Couples therapy
  • Partner-assisted interventions
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Childhood mood disorders
  • Family systems

Research Focus

The common thread among Dr. Jenkins' interests, as well as her past and future research endeavors, is developing empirically driven treatments and moving them from a research-based efficacy stage to a clinic-based effectiveness stage. In particular, Dr. Jenkins is interested in adapting evidence-based practices to enhance their effectiveness, especially for underserved and/or complex patient populations who may not fully benefit from treatments developed in more traditional research laboratory settings.


  • Jenkins, M. M., Colvonen, P. J., Norman, S. B., Afari, N., Allard, C. B., & Drummond, S. P. (2015). Prevalence and mental health correlates of insomnia in first-encounter veterans with and without military sexual trauma. SLEEP, 38(10), 1547.
  • Jenkins, M. M., & Youngstrom, E. A. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive debiasing improves assessment and treatment selection for pediatric bipolar disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(4), 323.
  • Jenkins, M. M., Youngstrom, E. A., Youngstrom, J. K., Feeny, N. C., & Findling, R. L. (2012). Generalizability of evidence-based assessment recommendations for pediatric bipolar disorder. Psychological Assessment, 24(2), 269.
  • Jenkins, M. M., Youngstrom, E. A., Washburn, J. J., & Youngstrom, J. K. (2011). Evidence-based strategies improve assessment of pediatric bipolar disorder by community practitioners. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(2), 121.
  • Youngstrom, E. A., Freeman, A. J., & Jenkins, M. M. (2009). The assessment of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 18(2), 353-390.