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Melissa Zielinski

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPSY Psychiatry, College of Medicine
DivisionPSY Psychologist
Address4224 Shuffield Dr.
Mail Slot # 654
Little Rock AR 72205
Phone501-526-8229
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-1125-110X Additional info
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    Dr. Zielinski’s research centers on the intersections between trauma, mental health, substance use, and involvement with the criminal legal system. She directs the Health and the Legal System Lab (HEALS Lab), a diverse group of scholars and clinical trainees that are dedicated to making trauma recovery services available in legal settings like prisons, jails, drug courts, and crime victim service settings. HEALS Lab’s work has a particular focus on incarcerated women, who are commonly victims of sexual and domestic violence and have unique needs like pregnancy care. HEALS Lab’s cutting-edge science is helping to identify how to best intervene, how to get treatments that work in to these systems, and how to promote long-term recovery. This work has been supported by a variety of funders including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Arnold Ventures, and the Department of Justice. Our clinical trainees and director also provide evidence-based therapy groups directly to maximize our immediate impact.


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    The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJB.A.05/2011Psychology; Health & Exercise Science
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, ARM.A.05/2013Clinical Psychology
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, ARPh.D.05/2016Clinical Psychology

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    R01HD103634     (SHLAFER, REBECCA J.)Apr 1, 2021 - Feb 28, 2026
    NIH
    Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Programs for Women in Prison: Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes
    Role: Co-Investigator

    2019-V3-GX-K013     (LOWERY, CURTIS)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022
    US Dept of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime
    Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Network for Evidence-based Telemedicine (SAFE-NET)
    Role: Co-Investigator

    AWD53634     (ZIELINSKI, MELISSA)Aug 1, 2019 - Jul 31, 2022
    Arnold Ventures
    The Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Study
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K23DA048162     (ZIELINSKI, MELISSA JEAN)Apr 1, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    NIH
    Leveraging Implementation Science to Increase Access to Trauma Treatment for Incarcerated Drug Users
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R25DA037190     (ZIELINSKI, MELISSA)Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2020
    NIH/Nat. Inst. on Drug Abuse - Pass Through: Miriam Hospital
    An Early Evaluation of the Pulaski County Regional Crisis Stabilization Unit: Economics and Outcomes
    Role: Principal Investigator

    P30DA040500     (ZIELINSKI, MELISSA)May 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    NIH/Nat. Inst. on Drug Abuse - Pass Through: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    A Preliminary Economic Evaluation of the Pulaski County Regional Crisis Stabilization Unit (PCRCSU)
    Role: Principal Investigator

    PCS-1406-19295     (PYNE, JEFFREY)Jan 1, 2016 - Dec 31, 2020
    Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute - Pass Through: University of Washington
    IntegratedVersus Referral Care for Complex Psychiatric Disorders in Rural FQHCs
    Role: Principal Investigator

    U54MD002329     (CORNELL, CAROL ELLEN)Sep 30, 2007 - Apr 30, 2022
    NIH
    Arkansas Center for Health Disparities (ARCHD): An NIMHD COE
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Fortney JC, Bauer AM, Cerimele JM, Pyne JM, Pfeiffer P, Heagerty PJ, Hawrilenko M, Zielinski MJ, Kaysen D, Bowen DJ, Moore DL, Ferro L, Metzger K, Shushan S, Hafer E, Nolan JP, Dalack GW, Unützer J. Comparison of Teleintegrated Care and Telereferral Care for Treating Complex Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care: A Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021 Nov 01; 78(11):1189-1199. PMID: 34431972.
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    2. Zielinski MJ, Karlsson ME, Bridges AJ. "I'm not alone, my story matters": Incarcerated women's perspectives on the impact and acceptability of group psychotherapy involving imaginal exposure to sexual assault memories. Health Justice. 2021 Sep 30; 9(1):25. PMID: 34591180.
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    3. Zielinski MJ, Roberts LT, Han X, Martel ID. A longitudinal analysis of PTSD and other mental health symptoms among people sentenced to drug treatment court. Psychol Trauma. 2021 Sep 30. PMID: 34591533.
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    4. Karlsson ME, Zielinski MJ, Calvert M, Bridges AJ. Decreases in psychiatric symptoms persist following exposure-based group therapy for sexual violence victimization among incarcerated women. Psychol Serv. 2021 Jul 22. PMID: 34292004.
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    5. Moore R, Zielinski MJ, Thompson RG, Willis DE, Purvis RS, McElfish PA. "This Pandemic Is Making Me More Anxious about My Welfare and the Welfare of Others:" COVID-19 Stressors and Mental Health. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 05 26; 18(11). PMID: 34073187.
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    6. Zielinski MJ, Hinton KE, Bull CE. COVID-19 highlights the pitfalls of reliance on the carceral system as a response to addiction. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 03; 122:108190. PMID: 33221126.
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    7. Zielinski MJ, Allison MK, Roberts LT, Karlsson ME, Bridges AJ, Kirchner JE. Implementing and Sustaining SHARE: An Exposure-Based Psychotherapy Group for Incarcerated Women Survivors of Sexual Violence. Am J Community Psychol. 2021 03; 67(1-2):76-88. PMID: 32985702.
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    8. Zielinski MJ, Allison MK, Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Curran G, Zaller ND, Kirchner JAE. Making change happen in criminal justice settings: leveraging implementation science to improve mental health care. Health Justice. 2020 Sep 06; 8(1):21. PMID: 32892276.
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    9. Baker DE, Hill M, Chamberlain K, Hurd L, Karlsson M, Zielinski M, Calvert M, Bridges AJ. Interpersonal vs. Non-Interpersonal Cumulative Traumas and Psychiatric Symptoms in Treatment-Seeking Incarcerated Women. J Trauma Dissociation. 2021 May-Jun; 22(3):249-264. PMID: 32584656.
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    10. Zaller ND, Neher TL, Presley M, Horton H, Marshall SA, Zielinski MJ, Brinkley-Rubinstein L. Barriers to linking high-risk jail detainees to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. PLoS One. 2020; 15(4):e0231951. PMID: 32302371.
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    11. Nowotny KM, Zielinski MJ, Stringer KL, Pugh T, Wu E, Metsch LR, El-Bassel N, Nunn AS, Beckwith CG. Training the Next Generation of Researchers Dedicated to Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Populations. Am J Public Health. 2020 01; 110(S1):S18-S20. PMID: 31967875.
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    12. Neher TL, Udochi AL, Wilson KA, Guillory DM, Zaller ND, Zielinski MJ. Conducting Health Research in Carceral Systems: Considerations and Recommendations. Am J Public Health. 2020 01; 110(S1):S52-S55. PMID: 31967891.
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    13. Bridges, A. J., Baker, D. E., Hurd, L. E., Spero, K. D., Hill, M. A., Karlsson, M. E., Zielinski, M. J. . How does timing affect trauma treatment for women who are incarcerated? An empirical analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2020.
    14. Fortney JC, Heagerty PJ, Bauer AM, Cerimele JM, Kaysen D, Pfeiffer PN, Zielinski MJ, Pyne JM, Bowen D, Russo J, Ferro L, Moore D, Nolan JP, Fee FC, Heral T, Freyholtz-London J, McDonald B, Mullins J, Hafer E, Solberg L, Unützer J. Study to promote innovation in rural integrated telepsychiatry (SPIRIT): Rationale and design of a randomized comparative effectiveness trial of managing complex psychiatric disorders in rural primary care clinics. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 03; 90:105873. PMID: 31678410.
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    15. Karlsson ME, Zielinski MJ, Bridges AJ. Replicating outcomes of Survivors Healing from Abuse: Recovery through Exposure (SHARE): A brief exposure-based group treatment for incarcerated survivors of sexual violence. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Mar; 12(3):300-305. PMID: 31393152.
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    16. Zaller N, Donadeo K, Coffey J, Zielinski M, Brinkley-Rubinstein L. Screening for Opioid Use Disorder in the Largest Jail in Arkansas: A Brief Report. J Correct Health Care. 2019 07; 25(3):214-218. PMID: 31195879.
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    17. Veilleux JC, Zielinski MJ, Moyen NE, Tucker MA, Dougherty EK, Ganio MS. The effect of passive heat stress on distress andself-control in male smokers and non-smokers. J Gen Psychol. 2018 Oct-Dec; 145(4):342-361. PMID: 30358519.
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    18. Bush KA, Privratsky A, Gardner J, Zielinski MJ, Kilts CD. Common Functional Brain States Encode both Perceived Emotion and the Psychophysiological Response to Affective Stimuli. Sci Rep. 2018 10 18; 8(1):15444. PMID: 30337576.
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    19. Zielinski MJ, Privratsky AA, Smitherman S, Kilts CD, Herringa RJ, Cisler JM. Does development moderate the effect of early life assaultive violence on resting-state networks? An exploratory study. Psychiatry Res Neuroimaging. 2018 11 30; 281:69-77. PMID: 30266022.
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    20. Zielinski MJ, Veilleux JC. The Perceived Invalidation of Emotion Scale (PIES): Development and psychometric properties of a novel measure of current emotion invalidation. Psychol Assess. 2018 Nov; 30(11):1454-1467. PMID: 29792500.
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    21. Karlsson ME, Zielinski MJ. Sexual Victimization and Mental Illness Prevalence Rates Among Incarcerated Women: A Literature Review. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2020 04; 21(2):326-349. PMID: 29661117.
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    22. Zielinski MJ, Hill MA, Veilleux JC. Is the first cut really the deepest? Frequency and recency of nonsuicidal self-injury in relation to psychopathology and dysregulation. Psychiatry Res. 2018 01; 259:392-397. PMID: 29120848.
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    23. Veilleux JC, Pollert GA, Zielinski MJ, Shaver JA, Hill MA. Behavioral Assessment of the Negative Emotion Aspect of Distress Tolerance: Tolerance to Emotional Images. Assessment. 2019 04; 26(3):386-403. PMID: 28135808.
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    24. Zielinski MJ, Veilleux JC, Winer ES, Nadorff MR. A short-term longitudinal examination of the relations between depression, anhedonia, and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors in adults with a history of self-injury. Compr Psychiatry. 2017 02; 73:187-195. PMID: 28040576.
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    25. Roley-Roberts ME, Zielinski MJ, Hurtado G, Hovey JD, Elhai JD. Functions of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Are Differentially Associated with Suicide Ideation and Past Attempts among Childhood Trauma Survivors. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2017 08; 47(4):450-460. PMID: 27767234.
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    26. Zielinski, M. J., Karlsson, M. E., & Bridges, A. J. Adapting evidence-based trauma treatment for incarcerated women: A model for implementing exposure-based group therapy and considerations for practitioners. the Behavior Therapist. 2016; 6(39):205-210.
    27. Zielinski MJ, Borders A, Giancola PR. Does hostile rumination mediate the associations between reported child abuse, parenting characteristics and borderline features in adulthood? Personal Ment Health. 2015 Nov; 9(4):288-97. PMID: 26314272.
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    28. Karlsson, M. E., Zielinski, M. J., & Bridges, A. J. Expanding research on a brief exposure-based group treatment with incarcerated women. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2015; (54):599-617.
    29. Bujarski SJ, Craig JT, Zielinski MJ, Badour CL, Feldner MT. A multimodal examination of emotional responding to a trauma-relevant film among traumatic motor vehicle accident survivors. Assessment. 2015 Apr; 22(2):216-23. PMID: 25139384.
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    30. Veilleux JC, Salomaa AC, Shaver JA, Zielinski MJ, Pollert GA. Multidimensional assessment of beliefs about emotion: development and validation of the emotion and regulation beliefs scale. Assessment. 2015 Feb; 22(1):86-100. PMID: 24835246.
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    31. Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. Examining the relation between borderline personality features and social support: The mediating role of rejection sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences. 2014; (70):235-238.
    32. Reese, E. D., Zielinski, M. J., & Veilleux, J. C. Personality and Individual Differences. Facets of mindfulness mediate behavioral inhibition systems and emotion dysregulation. 2014; (72):41-46.
    33. Scisco JL, Blades C, Zielinski MJ, Muth ER. Dividing a fixed portion into more pieces leads to larger portion size estimates of JELL-O squares. Perception. 2012; 41(8):988-90. PMID: 23362675.
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    34. Feiring C, Zielinski M. Looking back and looking forward: a review and reflection on research articles published in child maltreatment from 1996 through 2010. Child Maltreat. 2011 Feb; 16(1):3-8. PMID: 21212074.
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    35. Feiring, C., & Zielinski, M. Looking back and looking forward: A review and reflection on research articles published in Child Maltreatment from 1996 through 2010. Child Maltreatment. 2011; (16):3-8.
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