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Melvin N. Wilson

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
306 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Dr. Melvin Wilson's academic, research, and training activities generally focus on understanding contextual processes and outcomes and conducting parental interventions in low-income, ethnic minority families. Specifically, he has conducted analyses on young, low-income, unwed, and nonresident fathers and their involvement with their children. In addition, he is interested in developing intervention protocols aimed at helping young men meet family responsibilities and involvements. Currently, Dr. Wilson is conducting a preventive intervention involving low-income families with toddlers at-risk for conduct disorder.

Long-term Effects of the Family Check-up on Depression and Suicide Across Trials and Development
Source: Case Western Reserve University
December 02, 2019 – October 31, 2022
AS-PSYC Preventing substance use in context of Poverty: Risk and Protection from Early Childhood to early adulthood
Source: University Of Pittsburgh
September 30, 2019 – August 31, 2021
AS-PSYC Preventing substance use in context of Poverty: Risk and Protection from Early Childhood to early adulthood_COVID
Source: University Of Pittsburgh
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2021
AS-PSYC Early Family Prevention of Adolescent Alcohol, Drug Use and Psychopathology
Source: University Of Pittsburgh
May 01, 2014 – April 30, 2019
Understanding & Preventing Childhood Drug Use Risk
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Drug Abuse
May 01, 2008 – March 31, 2014
AS-PSYC Promotive Processes as Sources of Substance-related Health and Social Disparities
Source: U.S. NIH Institute on Drug Abuse
April 01, 2009 – March 31, 2013
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
PSYC 4500: Special Topics in Psychology
Credits: 3
Topical Offerings in Psychology
PSYC 4580: Directed Readings in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
Critical examination of an important current problem area in psychology.  May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits in psychology and instructor permission.               
PSYC 4870: The Minority Family: A Psychological Inquiry
Credits: 3
Examines the current state of research on minority families, focusing on the black family. Emphasizes comparing 'deficit' and 'strength' research paradigms. Prerequisite: PSYC 3006 and at least one course from each of the following groups: PSYC 2100, 2150 or 2300, and PSYC 2400, 2700 or 2600, and students in the Afro-American and African studies or studies in women and gender programs.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
PSYC 7480: Community Psychology and Prevention Science I: Research and Consultation
Credits: 3
Introduces the broad area of community psychology and prevention science. Topics include social ecology and primary prevention; conceptions, strategies, and tactics of social intervention; the creation of settings; and interventions in the education, mental health, mental retardation and criminal justice systems. Weekly seminar meetings and participation in community laboratory required. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PSYC 7481: Practica in Community Psychology and Prevention Science
Credits: 3
The Practica in Community Psychology and Prevention Science aims to prepare students for a career in one of three settings: academia, industry, or government. To achieve this aim, students are required to design two 1-year fieldwork practica with a local, state, or federal agency, supervised by a laboratory instructor. Prerequisites: Instructor permission.
PSYC 7503: Contemporary Issues: Community Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.