Melissa DelBello, MD,MS

Department Chair

Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Endowed Chair & Professor

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Melissa DelBello, MD,MS

Melissa DelBello, MD, is the co-medical director of the Mood Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center since 1998 and at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) since 2000.

In 2009, Dr. DelBello joined the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute. She is currently the vice-chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry, the director of Research Training and Education at CCHMC, and the co-director of the Division of Bipolar Disorders Research at the UC College of Medicine.

Dr. DelBello is also a professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the college. Dr. DelBello has expertise in the field of neurodevelopment and the treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders.

She has been studying pharmacological interventions for the neurofunction, neurochemistry, and outcome of adolescents with and at risk for developing bipolar disorder for over 15 years.

In addition to teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally, she has received numerous awards and honors and has authored over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. She is the principal investigator of several NIH, foundation, and pharmaceutical research grants.




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Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience


Bachelor Degree

Cornell University

Medical Degree

University of Rochester

Master's Degree

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine


University of Cincinnati/University Hospital and Cornell University


University of Cincinnati & Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child-Adolescent Psychiatry)


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)



Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatry