Melissa Cyperski, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Psychology


Dr. Melissa Cyperski (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. She pursued advanced clinical training through her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship with Vanderbilt University Medical Center at the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody (COE). The COE is part of a statewide network funded to enhance the quality of services provided to children in or at risk of entering the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cyperski has expertise in trauma-informed, evidence-based practice for children and adolescents. She primarily employs a cognitive-behavioral approach and adapts techniques from various interventions to meet the unique needs of each patient and family. She is passionate about providing care to the LGBTQ+ community--particularly gender diverse children, adolescents, and their caregivers. 

Research Information

Dr. Melissa Cyperski is a child psychologist whose research interests center on understanding risks and resilience in youth, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ+ and/or have experienced adversity. In addition, she has engaged in training of mental health professionals and community partners.