The Meltzer Center

STATUS UPDATE 3/18/20: Due to health and safety issues related to COVID-19, effective March 18, 2020 and until further notice, the offices of the Meltzer Center are closed. We are not providing in-person services at this time.  We are not accepting new clients at this moment, however, if you would like to be put on a waiting list, you can contact us at [email protected]. If you are a current therapy client, we are exploring telehealth options; your therapist will be in contact with you. We have suspended phone services until further notice.  All communication will be conducted through email at [email protected].


About the Meltzer Center:

Located in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences building on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus, the Meltzer Center: Psychological and Community-Based Services provides a wide variety of low-cost mental health services to adults, children, families and couples in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Meltzer Center is a training clinic for students in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Doctoral student clinicians are supervised by adjunct and full-time members of the clinical psychology faculty, all of whom are licensed clinical psychologists. The center’s therapists and supervisors represent a range of skills and interests, and whenever possible will be matched to meet a client’s needs.



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Make an Appointment

Ready to meet with one of our clinicians, or wondering if we can suit your needs? Call today for an initial phone screening.


Services and Fees

Our services include individual, couples, family and group therapy as well as intellectual, psychoeducational and comprehensive assessment.

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We invite recent graduates or graduating seniors who wish to gain experience with clinical work and the daily operation of a community health center to apply.


Contact Us


The Meltzer Center: Psychological and Community-Based Services

2125 G St. NW, Room 101K
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Phone: 202-994-9072
Fax: 202-994-3869
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Messages are typically returned within 24–48 hours, excluding weekends and some university holidays. The center will be closed when the university is closed on holidays or for inclement weather.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room.

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Meltzer Center Leadership and Staff

Risa Broudy, Ph.D.
Meltzer Center Director

Mimi Le, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training

Amrisha Prakash
Meltzer Center Student Director


Adriana Penafiel
Meltzer Center Intern

Alexis Franklin
Meltzer Center Intern



About the Meltzer Center

Our training clinic is run by doctoral students in the clinical psychology program, and the center appoints a student director each year. Our location within a university allows us to provide students with valuable work experience and faculty supervision. Clinic clients benefit from our evidence-based practices, multicultural experience, medical center access and flexible fees and scheduling.

In order to facilitate the training relationship between our clinicians and clinical supervisors, each session is video and audio recorded. This allows our clinicians to work with their licensed supervisors to provide you the best standard of care possible. We treat this confidential information with the utmost security, ensuring that these recordings are kept completely confidential and destroyed after viewing by our clinical staff.

Should you have any questions regarding these procedures, please do not hesitate to call us. Your comfort is our priority.

Malcolm L. Meltzer served as chair of the GW Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of the clinical psychology PhD program in the late 1960s and 70s. His clinical interests were wide-ranging, but his true loves were community mental health and assessment. Today, the Meltzer Center honors his skills as an educator, researcher and clinician.

Aided by public health service funds for graduate training and federal financing for both education and community mental health centers in the 1960s and 70s, Meltzer and the GW clinical faculty placed clinical psychology PhD students throughout the then-neglected Washington, D.C., public school system, community mental health centers, St. Elizabeth's Hospital and at the District of Columbia General Hospital.

Meltzer knew many elementary school principals in the city and worked with them to employ graduate students to develop creative intervention programs for at-risk students. He also helped craft one of the earliest (and still one of the most comprehensive) mental health statutes in the country, the D.C. Mental Health Information Act of 1978.

Under Meltzer’s guidance, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences launched a generation of research-trained clinical PhDs across the country. The Meltzer Center carries on his mission of education, research and service, with special attention to underserved residents of the Washington, D.C., community.

Our recent community activities and partnerships include:

We are available for training and presentations on a variety of topics related to prevention and mental health that can be tailored to your community’s needs at a negotiable fee. For additional information, please contact the Meltzer Center director.

All of our services are designed to be culturally sensitive and compassionate for all clients and to reflect high standards of professional ethics and competence. The Meltzer Center does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, culture, gender, ethnicity, documentation status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status or age. We value the differences and similarities among people, and respect the multiple identities of clients and communities with whom we work.

The Meltzer Center ensures strict confidentiality and operates under the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Privacy Rule of HIPAA governs the use and disclosure of individually identifiable patient-client health information if such information has not been de-identified (redacted) in accordance with specific, strict provisions of the Privacy Rule. This means that under most circumstances, your information cannot be revealed without your formal written consent.

The George Washington University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has been accredited by the APA since April 1, 1970. For more information on our accreditation status, you may contact the APA:

APA Committee on Accreditation
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242