Will Mellman, PhD, MSW

Coordinator, Project AFFIRM

Will Mellman, PhD, M.S.W. is the Coordinator of Project AFFIRM. He completed his doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s School of Public Health. He is primarily interested in studying the social factors that influence the health practices and outcomes of transgender individuals. His dissertation focused on the dating and relationship experiences of transgender men and their cisgender partners with a particular focus on how transgender men learn about and navigate romantic relationships in the context of identity development and affirmation. Prior to attending Columbia, Will completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a clinical therapist for children in various community behavioral health clinics in Philadelphia as well as a patient advocate and clinical case manager for perinatally infected children with HIV at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).


Selected publications

Christopoulos, K., Olender, S., Lopez, A., Mellman, W. Jaiswal, J., Geng, E., and Koester, K. “Reasons for Lack of ART Usage Among Well-Engaged, ART-Eligible Clinic Patients” presented at the 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Miami, Fl., June 2013.

Molleston, J., Mellman, W., et al. (2013) “Autoantibodies and autoimmune disease during treatment of children with chronic hepatitis C.” J Pediatr Gastroenterol and Nutr, 56(3):304-10

Erlichman, J., Mellman, W., & Haber, B. (2010). Primary Care of Children with Viral Hepatitis: Diagnosis, Management, and General Maintenance. In M. Jonas (ed.), Viral Hepatitis in Children: Unique Features and Opportunities. New York: Humana Press.