Dallas-native Tabatha Melton followed her passion for improving the lives of others to Southern Methodist University (SMU), where she obtained two bachelor degrees in Psychology and Political Science.
While at SMU, Tabatha initiated her clinical experience as an undergraduate intern at a local psychological private practice, and developed research experience as a research assistant at the SMU Anxiety Research and Treatment Programs lab.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Tabatha pursued her aspiration for working with children and families at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center’s Pediatric Research Programs as a research coordinator. Here she worked on multiple pediatric treatment studies including non-medication interventions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and combined medication and CBT treatment for Major Depressive Disorder.
Driven to expand her abilities in providing therapeutic services to children and their families, Tabatha sought to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Tabatha shares, “I am continually impressed by the Clinical Psychology program’s ability to provide a balanced education and wealth of experiences in both research and clinical work. This research/clinical equilibrium is important in creating well-rounded psychologists that can excel in any psychological career path.”
Over Tabatha’s first two years at UT Southwestern, she has worked as a research assistant with Dr. Shawn McClintock and Dr. Paul Croarkin through the UT Southwestern Neurostimulation Research Lab investigating topics such as cortical excitability and inhibition in children with Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety and depression symptom comorbidity in adolescents. Tabatha is excited to be beginning her internship and dissertation research at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children this year.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, 3rd Year