Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Wilson, Melvin

  • Gita SeshadriEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_854


Melvin N. Wilson, Ph.D.


Melvin N. Wilson is well known for his contributions to the fields of family therapy and psychology, for studying aspects of cultural diversity and cross-cultural research with African-American families and low-income ethnically diverse families. He is a well-known mental health professional in Charleston, Virginia. More specifically, he has explored outcome research and process-based research; he has influenced the field through prevention, education, and intervention with low-income families and youth, particularly with African-American young adults, youth, and toddlers around problem behaviors and conduct disorders.


Melvin Wilson began his career in psychology in the state of Illinois. He did his undergraduate education, at Millikin University, and obtained his latter two degrees (masters and doctorate) at the University of Illinois. Currently, Dr. Wilson is a research faculty and professor at the University of Virginia; he has worked...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sean Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA