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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Reeves, Melissa   Name:  Melissa Reeves 
Title:  Adjunct Instructor of Psychology 
Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Denver
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
B.A., Special Education (Behavioral Disorders and Psychology), Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
Office:  300 Kinard Hall  
Phone:  803/323-3914 
School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Establishing Safe Learning Environments Balancing Both Physical and Psychological Safety within a Multi-tiered Intervention Model, Impact of Trauma Exposure on Academic Achievement, Identification, Assessment, and Treatment of Trauma Exposure and PTSD within the School Setting, Threat and Suicide Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention, Systems Level Implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) Model for Academics and Behavior, Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in the School Setting, Assessment and Treatment of Emotionally Disturbed Students

Dr. Reeves is a school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She worked formerly for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado and is currently an adjunct instructor for Winthrop. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses for Winthrop, in addition to supervising graduate school psychology students in their field-based traineeship and internship placements.

Reeves is a co-author of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum, the first nationally disseminated school crisis prevention and intervention curriculum developed by school-based professionals for school-based professionals. She also was a founding member of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists State-Wide Crisis Response Team, which trained school districts across Colorado in crisis response. In addition to responding to various local crises over the years, she travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and establishing a response to intervention model. She has conducted more than 100 workshops and presentations. Reeves also has testified, at the invitation from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, in front of the Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Disaster and Recovery regarding "Children and Disasters: A Progress Report on Addressing Needs." In addition, Reeves works with schools on establishing a positive and safe school climate that focuses on prevention programs and positive discipline measures to decrease behavioral incidences while increasing learning and academic achievement.

In addition, Reeves is co-author of three books: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model; Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School; and Comprehensive Planning for Safe Learning Environments: A School Professional’s Guide to Integrating Physical and Psychological Safety: Prevention Through Recovery. She also has contributed to multiple articles to Communiqué, the nationally disseminated publication for the National Association of School Psychologists. Reeves has co-authored numerous book chapters and a recently accepted journal article for the Journal of School Violence. She also has helped to write grants to establish problem solving teams within schools and to further crisis prevention and intervention research.

In addition to her crisis work, she is coordinator of the NASP Public Awareness Campaign, which involves working with key leaders of the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to develop a series of resources for administrators that highlight the various and valuable roles of school psychologists.

Reeves is the recipient of numerous professional awards. She was a 2010 finalist for the NASP Crisis Interest Group Award for Excellence; a 2007 finalist for the national Joseph E. Zins "Purpose" Award for Early Career Practitioners in Social Learning; winner of the 2007 NASP Crisis Interest Group Award for Excellence; the 2006 Golden Heart Award, presented by Cherry Creek School District Parent Special Education Advisory Council; and the 2006 NASP Presidential Award, among others.