Melissa Pielech, PhD, is a clinical researcher and pediatric psychologist committed to improving the lives and functioning of adolescents and young adults with chronic pain and opioid use disorders by increasing access to evidence-based treatment for this vulnerable, high-risk population. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Alcohol and Addictions Studies at Brown University’s School of Public Health, funded by an F32 fellowship from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Dr. Pielech received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2019 from the University of New Mexico. She completed her residency in Pediatric Psychology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to doctoral work, she earned a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University.
Dr. Pielech’s research interests focus on pediatric chronic pain and opioid use disorders, family-based treatment approaches, interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation, and implementation science. Her interest in pediatric opioid use disorders originated from over seven years of clinical and research endeavors with pediatric pain populations focused on identifying and quantifying pertinent psychosocial aspects in youth and their caregivers that influence pediatric chronic pain and treatment outcomes.