Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. He is on faculty at Arizona State University in Phoenix and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Together with Leslie Rubin, MD, he co-founded Autism Rising, a Global Autism Initiative. Dr. Melmed earned his medical training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and completed a fellowship at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Melmed is an investigator of novel therapeutic agents in the treatment of autism, Fragile X, Angelman’s disorder and ADHD and collaborates on studies of tools used in the early diagnosis of developmental disorders. He has set up nationally recognized physician training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns and authored a program geared toward the early screening for autism spectrum disorders. He is the author of Succeeding with Difficult Children; Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books addressing mindfulness in children including Marvin’s Monster Diary – ADHD Attacks and Timmy’s Monster Diary: Screen Time Attacks! Harriet’s Monster Diary – Awfully Anxious, and soon to be released, Lyssa’s Monster Diary, Anger Explosions.