Professor Kimbrough-Melton’s scholarship has focused on creating more humane policies, practices and structures for strengthening support for children and families at the population level. She has been the principal investigator on more than $13 million in federal, state, local and foundation grants to prevent crime and violence in the family and at the community level, to enhance assistance to children with incarcerated parents, and to improve the capacity of communities to support children and families. She currently is the executive officer of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association), a professional association dedicated to informing policy, practice, and research on mental health and substance abuse. She also is chair-elect of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association. In addition to serving as a research professor of community and behavioral health in the Colorado School of Public Health, she is an adjunct professor of youth, family, and community studies at Clemson University. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University.