DirectoryRyan Melton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counseling
Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Ph.D Oregon State University
M.A. Pacific University
B.A. Pacific University

Dr. Ryan Melton graduated from Pacific University in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Melton earned his Ph. D. from Oregon State University in 2012.   Currently Dr. Melton is the clinical director of the EASA Center for Excellence at Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI).  In addition to his work with RRI, he provides clinical and technical assistance to early intervention programs similar to EASA nationwide.    Dr. Melton holds faculty appointments at Oregon State and has been recently hired as an Assistant Professor at Northwest Christian University in their counselor education clinical mental health department.  Dr. Melton and his colleagues have written and published multiple papers and textbook chapters on early intervention with psychosis and other evidenced based mental health practices.  He has presented at multiple conferences including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Conference, The Institute for Instructional Excellence, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), The International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) Congress.  Dr. Melton has been honored by the State of Oregon’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction by receiving its Mental Health Award of Excellence in 2010 and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader Award in 2011, the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Presidential Fellowship in 2012 and the Leona Taylor Award in 2013.  Dr. Melton is past chair of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and is now Past President of the Oregon Counseling Association.  Dr. Melton’s current research focus is on the impact of interventions with individuals experiencing early psychosis, including engagement strategies, cognitive enhancement, and feedback informed treatment.

Dr. Melton also has a small private practice in which he supervises mental health clinicians for licensure in Oregon and provides training on current evidenced based mental health practices and trends.  Finally he enjoys training for and participating in running, cycling and triathlon events and playing Legos with his two young daughters and is a strong advocate for the health care needs and resources for individuals with mental illness.