Faculty and Staff

Melissa has worked with diverse adults, military personnel and veterans, and families in the government, non-profit, private, healthcare, and higher education sectors. She has assisted individuals and families affected by grief and loss, trauma, phase-of-life changes, and other biopsychosocial experiences. She has designed, implemented, and facilitated online, mixed mode, and face-to-face learning modules and psychoeducational materials for federal and non-profit agencies, corporations, and community organizations. Melissa has also used chat platforms, virtual tools, and mobile apps to teach and assist social work students, helping professionals, and diverse client populations. She has assisted not-for-profit organizations with expanding their local, regional, and national continuing education accreditations, and she has helped review the certification of sexual assault coordinators and victim advocates who serve military personnel around the world. Melissa has a strong interest in attending to the needs of minorities, women/those who identify as women, the LGBTQ+ community, and first-generation / non-traditional college students. She is dedicated to meeting students’ needs in and outside of the virtual classroom.


  • MSW, Master of Social Work, University of Central Florida
  • LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • LICSW, Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker
Areas of Specialty
  • Intimate Partner and Power-Based Violence / Trauma
  • Military personnel and Veterans
  • Culturally inclusive care and services
  • In Memoriam: Emerita Mary Van Hook’s Rural to Global Social Work Legacy

    Written By: CHPS Staff | September 28, 2022
    Mary Van Hook, an Emerita faculty from the UCF School of Social Work, believed in demonstrating goodwill through her actions. While at UCF, she published many journal articles and books...
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