Mrs. Mellen received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She has 30 hours of masters level courses from Sam Houston State University, also in Houston, Texas. She earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Mellen spent one year as a Psychological Examiner with the Arkansas Department of Rehabilitation traveling the state, interviewing, and administering educational and psychological tests to clients with mental and physical disabilities.
Prior to her work in rehabilitation, Mrs. Mellen spent over four years with the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC). For 18 months, she was the clinical supervisor of the Special Management Barrack. This was a 35-bed barrack that housed psychotic inmates as well as inmates with moderate to severe mental health issues, such as suicidal indication and depression. Her remaining time with the ADC was spent working in the sexual offenders treatment program. She also spent a short time with the sex offender risk assessment team.
Mrs. Mellen was also a child and adolescent counselor with the Texas State Hospital. The goal of the outreach unit was to keep children out of state hospitals. Her favorite accomplishment with this unit was the successful summer camp organized yearly for the children.