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Robin Kimbrough-Melton, JD

Research Professor


Robin Kimbrough-Melton is research professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University and executive officer of the Global Alliance on Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association).  She has been a research professor at the University of South Carolina (1995-1999) and Clemson University (1999-2012) and a visiting professor at the University of Virginia (2015-2017).

Prior to entering academia, Prof. Kimbrough-Melton was counsel to committees in the Nebraska and Maryland legislatures and a program officer in the American Public Human Services Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the American Bar Association.  She led efforts to improve child and family service systems.    

Since entering academia, Prof. Kimbrough-Melton has been a faculty member in interdisciplinary centers and institutes.  In that context, much of her attention has been given to use of community development strategies to enhance support for families in the legal system and to prevent violence and neglect.  She has been principal investigator on approximately $13 million in federal, state, and foundation grants for study or development of court-related services, and she also led the community outreach in a $10 million trial of Strong Communities for Children, a community-wide approach to prevention of child maltreatment.  Prof. Kimbrough-Melton also has taught graduate courses on human rights law, mental health policy, community development, and social and behavioral factors in health.  For her public service, Prof. Kimbrough-Melton has received awards from the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (a division of the American Psychological Association), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the South Carolina Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.