The behavioral medicine research team at the Mellen Center focuses on outcomes related to multiple sclerosis and mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression and stress management. Comorbid medical conditions are often studied such as pain management, sleep medicine, and obesity and bariatric surgery. We also focus on access to behavioral medicine services.


Amy Sullivan, PsyD ABPP


Statistical support from the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation



Who is taking care of the caregiver? J Patient Exp 2015;1(2):7-12.Sullivan AB, Miller DR. PMID: 28725810.

Outcomes of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for insomnia on insomnia, depression and fatigue for individuals with multiple sclerosis: a case series. Int J MS Care 2015;17(6):261-267. Clancy M, Drerup M, Sullivan AB. PMID: 26664331

Depression, age at first neurology appointment associated with receipt of behavioral medicine services within one year in an MS population. Int J MS Care 2017;19(4):199-207 B, Fan Y, Sacco M, Carriere L, Sullivan A. PMID: 28835744.

Wellness and multiple sclerosis: The National MS Society establishes a Wellness Research Working Group and research priorities. Mult Scler J 2017;Epub ahead of print 01 Jan 2017. RW, Mowry EM, Ehde DM, LaRocca NG, Smith K, Costello K, Sinto L, Ng A, Sullivan AB, Geiser B, McCully K, Fernhall B, Bishop M, Plow M, Casaccia P, Chiaravalloti N. PMID: 28080254.

Depressive symptoms in bariatric surgery patients with multiple sclerosis. Obesity Surgery 2017;Epub ahead of print 30 Oct 2017.Fisher CJ, Heinberg LJ, Lapin B, Aminian A, Sullivan AB PMID: 29086184

Depressive symptoms in bariatric surgery patients with multiple sclerosis. Fisher CJ, Heinberg LJ, Lapin B, Aminian A, Sullivan AB. Obesity Surgery, 2018: 28(4): 1091-1097.: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29086184.

Article: Factors associated with sexual dysfunction in individuals with multiple sclerosis: Implications for assessment and treatment. Domingo, S., Kinzy, T., Thompson, N., Gales, S., Stone, L., Sullivan, AB. CME/CNE International Journal of MS Care, 2017: 20(4): 191-197.: http://ijmsc.org/doi/abs/10.7224/1537-2073.2017-059?mobileUi=0&code=cmsc-site.

The impact of sleep disorders on depression and patient perceived health-related quality in multiple sclerosis. White, E. K., Sullivan, A. B., & Drerup, M. International Journal of MS Care, 2018: published online.

Prevalence and correlates of body image dissatisfaction in patients with multiple sclerosis.Stevens, SD, Thompson NR, Sullivan AB. International Journal of MS Care, 2019; 21(5):207-213. 

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