Melvin T. Donaldson

U of MN MSTP student Melvin Donaldson


Entering Class:


University of Washington
Biochemistry major, Chemistry minor
B.S., 2010

Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Molecular and Cellular Biology
M.S., 2011

University of Minnesota
Epidemoiology Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2018

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2016-2018
  • Student Admissions Committee 2016-2018

Honors and Awards:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health, 2016-2021

Thesis Advisor: Erin Krebs, MD, MPH

Thesis Research

I study mind body health interventions for chronic pain among Minnesota veterans with special attention to yoga and meditation. I use quantitative and qualitative approaches to study how the experience of pain is influenced by an individual's mind body practices. My study is nested in a clinical trial of opiate effectiveness at the Minneapolis VA and in an observational study of post-traumatic stress and pain also at the Minneapolis VA.


Donaldson MT, Polusny MA, MacLehose RF, Goldsmith ES, Hagel Campbell EM, Miron LR, Thuras PD, Krebs EE. Patterns of conventional and complementary non-pharmacological health practice use by US military veterans: a cross-sectional latent class analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018 Sep 5;18(1):246. PMCID: PMC6125945

Matthias MS, Donaldson MT, Jensen AC, Krebs EE. "I Was a Little Surprised": Qualitative Insights From Patients Enrolled in a 12-Month Trial Comparing Opioids With Nonopioid Medications for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. J Pain. 2018 Sep;19(9):1082-1090.