Counting Sleep: An Interview with Thomas Mellman

April 21, 2016

Sitting Down With Thomas Mellman, Professor and Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Stress/Sleep Studies Program, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA.

What started you on the path to psychiatry?

I’ve always been intrigued by human behavior and what motivates it – and how the mind works (or why it goes awry). I worked as a camp counselor during high school and volunteered at a state mental hospital while in college. When I got to medical school and started training in psychiatry, it coincided with the “biological revolution” in the field. I became fascinated by the new discoveries being made, and my clinical work convinced me of the biological basis of mental illness.

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