Michael P. Melendez, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Professor, Director MSW Program
B.A., University of Arizona, Tucson
M.S.W., Boston University School of Social Work
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Culturally responsive clinical practice of children and adults, family therapy, addictions, interpersonal trauma, co-morbid disorders, HIV/AIDS, integration of spirituality in clinical practice, social justice community-based work; adaptation of evidence-based practices.
Melendez, M. P., Cortes, D., & Amaro H. ( 2012). Acceptability and cultural fit of spiritual self- schema therapy for Puerto Rican women with addiction disorders: Qualitative findings. Women and Therapy, 35(1-2), 106-119.
Amaro, H., Magno-Gatmaytan, C., Melendez, M., Cortes, D. E., Arevalo, S., & Margolin, A. (2010). Addiction treatment intervention: An uncontrolled prospective pilot study of spiritual self-schema therapy with Latina women. Substance Abuse, 31, 117-125.
Fleck-Henderson, A., & Melendez, M. P. (2009). Facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 28(3/4).
Melendez, M. P. (2010). Crisis intervention and counseling. In C. Poindexter (Ed.), Social Services and Social Action in the HIV Pandemic: Principles, Methods, and Populations. NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Melendez, M., Maramaldi, P., & Naleppa, M. J. (2007). Later adulthood. In E. D. Hutchison (Ed.), Dimensions of Human Behavior (2nd Ed). (pp. 369-415).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage-Pine Forge.
Melendez, M. (2011, April). The intersection of substance abuse and trauma. Delivered to the Post-Graduate certification in The Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma, Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2011, March). Living after hate: Brown bag discussion. Presented at the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Melendez, M., & Hamilton-Mason, J. (2011, March). Women of color and treatment. Presented at Treating The Addictions, Sponsored by Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2011, February). Teaching clinical skills for contemporary practice. Presented at the San Francisco/Bay Area Simmons School of Social Work Alumni organization, San Francisco, CA.
Melendez, M. (2010, October). Si Se Puede (Yes we can). Reflections on the professional career development of a Latino social worker. Presented to the Master's students at Simmons College School of Social Work. Sponsored by the SCSSW Student Government Association, Boston, MA
Melendez, M. (2010, September). Caring for your staff: Supervision and professional development. Presented at the IRAQ-SAMHSA INITIATIVE Iraqi Delegation Site Visit to the Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2010, June). Spiritual self schema study: A pilot study of adapting an EBP. Presented to the Alumni Association Board of Simmons School of Social Work, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2010, April). Where is G*d in all of this? Presented at the New England Consortium of Graduate Social Work Field Directors/Instructors, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2010, March). Challenges and issues for LGBTQI homeless youth. Presented at the Hope and Action Campaign of the Cathedral of St Paul, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2010, March). Spiritual self schema study- A pilot study of adapting an EBP. Presented to the Master level students at the Faculty Colloquium, Simmons, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2009, April). Qualitative findings of a pilot study of spiritual self schema therapy. Presented to the mental health clinical staff of Massachusetts General Hospital Charlestown Clinic, Charlestown, MA.
Melendez, M., & Wharff, B. (2009, April). Use of evidenced based practices in clinical settings. Presented to the Simmons School of Social Work faculty, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2009, January). Describing the impact of required diversity courses on beginning social work students' development of multicultural competence. Presented at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
Melendez, M. (2009, January). Preparing the next generation: Are we teaching what they need to know? Presented at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
Melendez, M. (2008, June). Current dialogues on diversity, cultural responsiveness and clinical practice. Presented to the Clinical staff of South Shore Mental Health Center, Quincy, MA.
Melendez, M. (2008, April). Describing the impact of required diversity courses on beginning practitioners development of multicultural competence. Presented to the Psychology Training program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2008, April). From theory to practice: Stages of change. Theory and Motivational Interviewing. Presented to treatment staff of Entre Familia, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2008, April). Spiritual self schema (3-S) therapy: A pilot study. Presented to the Doctoral Training and Professional Staff of the Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2007, September). Forest for the trees: Evidence-iInformed outcomes and effectiveness in health care settings. Presented at the Social Work Grand Rounds, Brigham & Women's Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2007, June). Identifying and grounding yourself in your values for social justice work. Presented at the Larry Kessler Scholars Program at the AIDS Action Committee, Inc, Boston, MA.
Melendez, M. (2007, March). Understanding social identities and communicating socio-cultural respect in a large urban hospital. Presented at the Social Work Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Consulting and Professional Activity
Bureau of Substance Abuse Boston Public Health Commission - Senior Consultant - 2005-2010
Association of Episcopal Deacons (February 2011-present)
The National Episcopal AIDS Committee (March 2011-present)
Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts, Ordained to the Deaconate (2010- present)
Awards and Honors
ACCESS- First One Award. The award honors First Ones who are established business and community leaders who inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The Action Center for Educational Services and Scholarships (ACCESS). Boston, November 3, 2011.
25 Years/25 People- Honoree Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the "From All Walks" AIDS Walk AIDS Action Committee, June 5, 2010