College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Pam Melton received her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) at Tulane University in New Orleans. As a mental health clinician, she was the first social worker in the state of Alabama selected to participate in the National Health Service Corps to provide mental health services in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas. During her service with the NHSC, she worked with a team of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to help lessen health disparities in medically underserved communities in Alabama. She has over 17 years of interdisciplinary clinical experience providing program administration, psychotherapy and mental health services to people living with HIV/HCV co-infections.
Her research agenda is largely influenced by 1) her prior clinical work with the HIV/HCV population, and 2) awareness that many vulnerable subgroup populations with HCV/HIV are disproportionately affected. The goal of her research in this arena is to publish clinical and translational research to help health professionals improve health outcomes and extend life of those burdened with HIV and chronic HCV-associated liver disease.
Her philosophy towards teaching is multi-faceted and combines a variety of approaches. She believes that education involves both student and instructor engagement in interactive dialogues. Additionally, she deems her responsibility as a teacher is to provide students with a framework through which they can appreciate the motivations behind the social, environmental and behavior concerns of clients. She collaboratively works with students to critically analyze the complex environmental, social, and personal factors that result in the need for social work practice. Dr. Melton is very committed to providing a learning environment that is both exciting and rigorous, one that empowers students in pursuing learning.