Winthrop University: CAS Faculty Profile - Reeves, Melissa

Name:  Melissa Reeves
Title:  Associate Professor
Education:  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:  110C Kinard Hall   
Phone:  803/323-2631
Area(s):  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


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Dr. Reeves is a national certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She formerly worked for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado and was an adjunct instructor for Winthrop before accepting a full-time position as Associate Professor. 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. 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 cognitive behavior therapy in the school setting.  She has conducted more than 200 workshops and presentations and 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 academic achievement.  She has also provided consultation and staff development training to Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools located on military installations. 

Dr. 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 has contributed multiple articles to the Communiqué, the nationally disseminated publication for the National Association of School Psychologists and has co-authored numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition she has testified, at the invitation from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, in front of the U.S. Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Disaster and Recovery regarding "Children and Disasters: A Progress Report on Addressing Needs." 

Dr. Reeves has twice been awarded the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP Presidential Award (2006, 2012) and NASP Crisis Interest Group Award for Excellence (2007, 2011). She was a 2007 finalist for the national Joseph E. Zins "Purpose" Award for Early Career Practitioners in Social Learning; in 2006 awarded Golden Heart Award, presented by Cherry Creek School District Parent Special Education Advisory Council; and received the University of Denver College of Education "Leadership in Learning" Alumni Award (2006). She has received numerous other awards throughout her career in addition to serving elected terms as a NASP Delegate and Executive Council leader.

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