Dr. Melissa Milanak is a licensed clinical psychologist and an instructor in the sleep and anxiety treatment and research program (SATRP) as well as the associate director for continuing education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. She received her doctorate in clinical and community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completed her internship through the Charleston Consortium at MUSC, and completed a two-year NIMH research postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at MUSC. Her current work focuses on the nature of etiology and treatment of PTSD and comorbid sleep disorders as well as examining how sleep can play a role in the onset, maintenance, and/or prevention of PTSD. She also has conducted significant research examining the relationship between PTSD symptoms factors and the processing of emotional information, both in the United States as well as in Northern Ireland.
Dr. Milanak supervises clinical trainees in the SATRP, supervises PGY-3’s in CBT techniques, and serves as one of the faculty advisors for the medical student psychiatry interest group (SPIG).