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Department Taussig Cancer Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Coping with Grief
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy
  • Relaxation Training
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders in Individuals with Cancer
  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Sleep Disorders
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Melissa Walt, PsyD

Melissa M. Walt, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist at Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She provides outpatient individual and group psychotherapy services to adult cancer patients who are struggling with cancer-related mental health issues, as well as those whose mental health issues are impacting their ability to participate in their cancer care. She works in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of oncologists, psychiatrists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers. Dr. Walt draws from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and meaning-centered frameworks to treat cancer patients. She accepts patients at any stage of the cancer journey including at initial cancer diagnosis, through active treatment, and into survivorship and end of life. Her clinical interests include post-treatment survivorship, mindfulness-based cancer recovery, and disordered sleep during and after cancer. 

Dr. Walt earned a doctorate degree from Adler University in Chicago, IL (2016). She completed a pre-doctoral internship at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (Las Vegas, NV) and a post-doctoral residency at VA Medical Center (Memphis ,TN).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memphis VA Medical Center
Memphis, TN USA

Residency - Va Southern Nevada Healthcare System
Clinical Psychology
North Las Vegas, NV USA

Medical Education - Adler University
Clinical Psychology
Chicago, IL USA

Graduate School - The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Clinical Psychology Counseling
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - John Carroll University
University Heights, OH USA

Additional Training

Professional Highlights

Specialty Interests

Psycho-Oncology, Disordered Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management

Awards & Honors

Innovations & Patents


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Melissa Walt, PsyD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/12/2024, Dr. Walt has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

53 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

6 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr Walt is a super professional

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

It took 6 weeks just to find someone that knew how to schedule Dr. Walt. Finally the ombudsman figured it out. Once I had the first appointment, she gave me a number to call anytime

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. Walt was extremely helpful in coping with the cancer diagnosis. It was very easy to confide in her. Very grateful for her help.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Walt is the best! Dr. Walt truly cares about me and provides incredible care for me always.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Walt is wonderful

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr. Walt is exceptional. Her care for me during a difficult time has been very helpful.

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