Dr. Bernou Melisse is a Clinical Psychologist at ACPN. She has completed her Ph.D. named
“Binge-eating disorder in the Arabic world and the Netherlands” in Clinical Psychology at
Leiden University in the Netherlands. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology
from VU University, Netherlands in 2012. Dr. Melisse is a licensed psychologist in the
Netherlands and the UAE.
With over ten years of diverse experience in the Netherlands, Spain, and Saudi Arabia, Dr.
Melisse has worked extensively in the field of psychology – as a senior psychologist, senior
researcher, and as project leader in various eating disorder clinics. She actively contributed to the
development and evaluation of web-based eating disorder treatments, assessed their efficacy,
effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. Furthermore, she conducted research on eating disorders in
Saudi Arabia while working at Princess Nourah University in Riyadh until 2018. Dr. Melisse
holds the role of Director of the Eating and Weight Disorders Department at ACPN Abu Dhabi,
is affiliated with Utrecht University in the Netherlands as a researcher and is a board member of
the eating disorder section of the Dutch association for CBT.
Dr. Melisse’s professional focus lies in the intersection of clinical practice, research, and training.
She is well versed with designing treatment plans, training, supervision, quality assurance, and
research in the field of eating disorders.
Languages Known: English and Dutch (fluent), and some French and German