Melkam has served as a mental health researcher at Addis Ababa University’s Department of Psychiatry for nearly a decade. She studied Medical Laboratory Science and earned her masters in General Public Health. Melkam is currently working on her PhD on Mental Health Epidemiology, focusing on substance use and mental health at Addis Ababa University. She’s also serving as a Project Manager for NeuroGAP-Psychosis. Melkam lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.