Thank You

You have been successfully signed up for the newsletter.

Faculty

 

World Class Educators and Researchers

Faculty Icon
Melissa "Mel" Bellin

Teachers, Researchers, and Mentors

Dr. Melissa Bellin, Associate Professor

bellin

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.4409
E-mail: mbellin@ssw.umaryland.edu
Room: 3W24
CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Education:
MSW, PhD; Virginia Commonwealth University

Honors & Awards:
2014 Dean's Teaching Award
2012 (Spring) Dean's Teaching Award

2012 1st Place, Spina Bifida Investigative Research Award, 2nd World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care (Award Paper: Family Functioning, Self-Management, and the Trajectory of Psychological Symptoms in Emerging Adults with Spina Bifida)

2011 (Fall) Dean’s Teaching Award

2011 (Spring) Dean’s Teaching Award
2010 (Fall) Dean’s Teaching Award
2010 (Spring) Dean's Teaching Award
2009 Student Government Association (SGA) Exemplary Faculty Award
2009 Dean's Teaching Award
2008 Spina Bifida Association Young Investigator Award
2008 Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) Young Professional Award
2008 Dean's Teaching Award

Expertise and Research Interests:
Child and Family Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability
Developmental Disabilities
Family Centered Care
Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Social Work Practice in Health Care

Recent Publications:

Fish, T. L., Harrington, D., Bellin, M. H., & Shaw, T. (forthcoming). The impact of deployment, distress, and perceived social support on Army spouse weight status. AMEDD: Army Medical Department Journal.

Bellin, M. H., Osteen, P., Collins, K., Butz, A., Land, C., & Kub, J. (2014). The influence of community violence and protective factors on asthma morbidity and healthcare utilization in high-risk children. Journal of Urban Health, 91, 677-689.

Butz, A. M., Halterman, J., Bellin, M., Kub, J., Tsoukleris, M., Frick, K. D., Thompson, R. E., Land, C., & Bollinger, M. E. (2014). Improving preventive care in high risk children with asthma: Lessons learned. Journal of Asthma, 51, 498-507.

Bellin, M. H., Dicianno, B. E., Osteen, P., Dosa, N., Aparicio, E., Braun, P., & Zabel, T. A. (2013). A longitudinal analysis of family satisfaction, pain, and quality of life in emerging adults with spina bifida. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92, 641-655.

Butz, A. M., Kub, J., Bellin, M. H., & Frick, F. (2013). Challenges in providing preventive care to inner-city children with asthma. Nursing Clinics of North America, 48, 241-257. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2013.01.008

Bellin, M. H ,, Kub, J., Frick, K., Bollinger, M. E., Tsoukleris, M., Walker, J., Land, C.E., & Butz, A. (2013). Stress and quality of life in caregivers of inner-city minority children with poorly controlled asthma. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 27, 127 – 134. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.09.009

Bellin, M. H., Dosa, N., Zabel, T. A., Aparicio, E., Dicianno, B. E., & Osteen, P. (2013). Self-management, satisfaction with family functioning, and the course of psychological symptoms in emerging adults with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38, 50-62. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jss095.

Butz, A. M., Halterman, J. S., Bellin, M, Kub, J., Frick, K. D., Lewis-Land, C., Walker, J., Donithan, M., & Tsoukleris, M., & Bollinger, M. A. (2012). Factors Associated with Completion of a Behavioral Intervention for Caregivers of Urban Children with Asthma. Journal of Asthma, 49(9), 977-988. DOI:10.3109/02770903.2012.721435

Bellin, M. H., Osteen, P., Heffernan, C., Levy, J. M., & Snyder-Vogel, M. E. (2011). Parent and health care professional perspectives on family-centered care for children with special health care needs: Are we on the same page? Health & Social Work, 36(4), 281-290. doi: 10.1093/hsw/36.4.281.

Ridosh, M., Roux, G., Braun, P., Bellin, M. H., & Sawin, K. J.  (2011).  Transition in young adults with spina bifida: A qualitative study.  Child: Care, Health & Development, 37, 866-874. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01329.x.

Bellin, M. H., Dicianno, B. E., Levey, E., Dosa, N., Roux, G., Marben, K. and Zabel, T. A. (2011), Interrelationships of sex, level of lesion, and transition outcomes among young adults with myelomeningocele. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 53, 647-652.

Butz, A., Halterman, J., Bellin, M. H., Tsoukleris, M., Donithan, M., Kub, J., Thompson, R. E., Land, C. E., Walker, J., & Bollinger, M. E. (in press). Factors associated with second hand smoke exposure in young inner city children with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 48, 449-457.

Mahmood, D., Dicianno, B.E., & Bellin, M.H. (2011). Self Management, Preventable Conditions, and Assessment of Care among Young Adults with Myelomeningocele. Child: Care, Health & Development, 37, 861-865. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01329.x

Holmbeck, G.N., Alriksson-Schmidt, A. I.,Bellin, M. H., Betz, C., & Devine, K. A. (2010). The family perspective: How this product can inform and empower families of youth with spina bifida. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 57 919-934.

Bellin, M. H., Zabel, T. A., Dicianno, B. E., Levey, E., Garver, K., Linroth, R., & Braun, P. (2010). Correlates of depressive and anxiety symptoms in young adults with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 778-789.

Butz, A., Kub, J., Donithan, M., James, N., Thompson, R. E., Bellin, M., Tsoukleris, M., & Bollinger, M. E. (2010). Influence of Caregiver and Provider Communication on Symptom Days and Medication Use for Inner-City Children with Asthma. Journal of Asthma, 47, 478-485.

Sawin, K. J., & Bellin, M. H. (2010). Quality of life in individuals with spina bifida: A research update. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 16, 47-59.

Lotze, G. M., Bellin, M. H., & Oswald, D. P. (2010) Family-centered care for children with special healthcare needs: Are we moving forward? Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 100-113. 

Dicianno, B. E., Bellin, M. H., & Zabel, T. A.  (2009).  Spina bifida and mobility in the transition years.  American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 88, 1002-1006.

Bellin, M. H., Bentley, K. J., & Sawin, K. J. (2009). Factors associated with the psychological and behavioral adjustment of siblings of youths with spina bifida. Families, Systems, & Health, 27, 1-15.

Bellin, M. H., & Rice, K. (2009). Individual, family, and peer factors associated with the quality of sibling relationships in families of youths with spina bifida. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 39-47.

Sawin, K. J., Bellin, M. H., Roux, G., Buran, C. F., & Brei, T. J. (2009). The experience of self-management in adolescent women with spina bifida. Rehabilitation Nursing, 34, 26-38.

Bellin, M. H., Kovacs, P. J., & Sawin, K. J. (2008). Risk and protective influences in the lives of siblings of youths with spina bifida. Health & Social Work, 33, 199-209.

Bellin, M. H. , Sawin, K. J. , Roux, G., Buran, C. F., & Brei, T. J. (2007). The experience of living with spina bifida part I: Self-concept and family relations in adolescent women with spina bifida. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32, 57-67.

Roux, G., Sawin, K. J., & Bellin, M. H., Buran, C. F., & Brei, T. J.  (2007). The experience of living with spina bifida part II: Peer relationships in adolescent women with spina bifida. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32, 112-119.

Bellin, M.H., & Kovacs, P.J. (2006). Fostering resilience in siblings of youths with a chronic health condition: A review of the literature. Health & Social Work, 31, 209- 216.

Kovacs, P. J., Bellin, M. H., & Fauri, D. (2006). Family-centered care: A resource forsocial work in end-of-life and palliative care. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 2(1), 13-27.

Sawin, K. J., Bellin, M. H., Builta, L., Vassel, L., Buran, C. F., Brei, T. J., & Fastenau, P. S. (2006).  Cross-informant agreement between adolescents with myelomeningocele and their parents.  Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 48, 188-194.