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Tamar Mendelson, Ph.D., M.A.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Clinical Psychology, Public Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Development/Evaluation of Interventions to Prevent or Reduce Depression, Social Status, Physiology, and Health, Mental Health Among Underserved Populations



Tamar Mendelson received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duke University in 2003. Her graduate research addressed various aspects of vulnerability to depression, including personality vulnerability factors and gender differences in vulnerability. She completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a specialization in Public Service and Minority Mental Health. At UCSF, she collaborated on research regarding the feasibility and efficacy of a depression prevention program for low-income, pregnant Latinas. Her broad research interests include: (1) how socio-environmental factors interact with individual-level, psychological factors to predict depression onset, (2) how those multi-level processes contribute to gender disparities in rates of depression, and (3) development of multi-level depression prevention strategies. Following completion of her fellowship, Tamar joined the faculty in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Tamar Mendelson's available publications in PubMed.

Web Materials:

Dr: Yoga students respond better to stress
Dr. Tamar Mendelson with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says yoga benefits kids who live in high crime, high poverty neighborhoods by teaching them to deal with stressful environments.
MSNBC Nightly News
'Breathe and the madness will go away'
Students tell how yoga helps them deal with stress.
MSNBC - Nightly News
Taking yoga "beyond bending'
The founders of the Holistic Life Foundation on teaching yoga to elementary school students growing up in impoverished, violent neighborhoods and giving them the ability to ìdream on a really big scale.
MSNBC - Nightly News
Teaching lessons on and off the mat  --  THIS IS WHAT AIRED ON TV
In lieu of naptime, one group of West Baltimore students is finding peace with “Namaste” -- the Hindi greeting that yoga practitioners know well. NBC’s Rehema Ellis has more.
MSNBC - Nightly News