Melissa Reitmeier, PhD, LMSW

ReitmeierDr. Melissa Reitmeier is the Program Director/Principal Investigator for the SBIRT project.  Within the College of Social Work, she serves as a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Field Education.  Dr. Reitmeier’s clinical practice is rooted in behavioral health care, and the evidence based practice of dialectical behavior therapy. In addition to her 15 years of behavioral health practice, Dr. Reitmeier has served as the primary evaluator and administrator on seven federal grants during her twelve-year tenure at Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.  She brings together her passion for helping vulnerable populations and her desire to contribute to social work education. Dr. Reitmeier strongly believes that field education is crucial to translating what students learn in the classroom into applicable, live field practices. She works with community partners and field instructors to prepare social work students to engage, identify, and solve social problems. She is particularly interested in finding innovative ways for social work students to engage with community issues so that both students and communities can benefit from the field education process.