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Amy Sullivan, PsyD


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Amy Sullivan, PsyD
Department: Mellen Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code U10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Amy MB Sullivan, Psy. D. is Staff Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sullivan received her doctorate degree at Argosy University-Atlanta, her internship at the University of Cincinnati, and her fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Pain Medicine. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a Division 1 basketball player at St. Bonaventure University, where she received her degree in psychology and chemistry.

Dr. Sullivan is the training director for behavioral medicine at the Mellen Center where she trains multiple student clinicians and researchers. She is also the principal investigator for several clinical trials at the Mellen Center, where her research interests are focused on MS, pain, exercise and behavioral medicine. She is passionate about physician and caregiver self-care, burnout and psychological health and spearheaded the efforts for Mellen Center to win the National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, Best Practice by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interests are in individual, family and group work with patients and family members affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

It is easy to understand how having MS, with its potential for progressing to permanent disability, can bring on depression, stress, grieving and anxiety. Emotional liability can be one of the most challenging aspects of MS from the standpoint of family life. Learn from Amy Sullivan, PsyD how anti-depressant medications, professional counseling, support groups and stress management strategies can help people with MS.

Professional Highlights

  • Member, Women's Professional Staff Association
  • Ohio Psychological Association, Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Committee

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Health Psychology/Pain Management
Cleveland, OH USA
Doctorate - Argosy University
Atlanta, GA
Internship - University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH USA
Undergraduate - Saint Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY USA

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Early Career Psychologist of the Year, CPA
  • 2015 Robert M. Herndon Award
  • St. Bonaventure University, Extraordinary Graduate in Medicine Award
  • Selected as a Woman of Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare
  • St. Bonaventure University Alumni Advisory Board
  • First place research award, Midwest Pain Society meeting


  • National MS Society, American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Pain Society, Midwest Pain Society, American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, Cleveland Psychological Association.Member, Women's Professional Staff Association.

Treatment & Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
  • Cognitive-behavioral Treatment
  • Consultation and Long-term Care
  • Family Adjustment To Chronic Illness
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Individualized Assessment And Psychotherapy
  • Neuropathology Diagnosis and Consultation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English