Melissa K. McCollister, Ph.D., MSW

Melissa K. McCollister, Ph.D., MSW

Title: Campus Coordinator, University Partnership Program
Department: School of Social Work
Office: 410, Polsky Bldg.
Phone: 330-972-5287
Email: mkm12@uakron.edu


Biography

Dr. Melissa McCollister has been a faculty member in the School of Social Work since 2005. She began her teaching career at the university as a graduate assistant for the Women’s Studies program. In 2004, she was awarded the MSW NASW Student of the Year for Region II in Ohio. She has been the Child Welfare University Partnership Program Campus Coordinator since 2007. Currently, she is a member of the 2014-2015 Child and Family Leadership Exchange Program in collaboration with Summit County Children Services. 

Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. McCollister served as a Youth Leader for the Multi-County Juvenile Attention System, a Teacher Aide for Canton City Schools in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Center (Shipley Day Treatment), as well as volunteered as the Youth Coordinator for the Akron Area Pride Collective, an LGBT non-profit organization. In addition, she has volunteered for many other non-profit agencies in the local community such as the American Friends Service Committee, Girlz Rhythm and Rock Camp, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, Maplewood Career Center (Criminal Justice Program), National Organization for Women, Rape Crisis Center, and Violet’s Cupboard. 

In 2012, Dr. McCollister received certification from Dr. David Caruso at Yale University to administer, interpret, and analyze the Mayer, Salovey, Caruson Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) assessment. Her primary research interests include emotional intelligence, post traumatic growth, secondary trauma stress, and self-care for social workers. As part of her graduate degree program, she was instrumental in developing a critical response debriefing team to address secondary trauma stress of child welfare workers at Summit County Child Services that was adopted by the agency.

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

  • Child welfare
  • Emotional intelligence
  • LGBT (youth)
  • Program evaluation
  • Research
  • Secondary trauma and self-care
  • Social work with adolescents

PRESENTATIONS

  • McCollister, M.K. Emotional Intelligence for Personal and Professional Development. Catholic Charities, Akron, OH, June 27, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K. Current Issues and Policies that Impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Individuals. Summit County Children Services, Brown Bag, Akron, OH, June 17, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K., and Ridella, J. Emotional Intelligence Curriculum Development with Child Welfare Title IV-E Social Work Students. National Child Welfare Title IV-E Conference, Galveston, Texas, May 21-23, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K. Emotional Intelligence. Our Lady of the Elms, Speaker Day, Akron, OH, April 9, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K. Emotional Intelligence. Summit County Children Services, Women’s History Month, Brown Bag, Akron, OH, March 26, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K., and Ridella, J. Preparing Title IV-E Child Welfare Students with Emotional Intelligence. National Child Welfare Title IV-E Conference, Galveston, Texas, May 29-31, 2013.
  • McCollister, M.K. Recruiting and Retaining Quality Staff through the University Partnership Program. Public Children Service Association of Ohio (Annual Conference), Columbus, Ohio, October 24, 2012.
  • McCollister, M.K., and McCarragher, T. A State Retention Model for Increasing Personal and Professional Development of 21st century Title IV-E Students. National Child Welfare Title IV-E Conference, Galveston, Texas, June 1, 2012.
  • McCollister, M.K. How to Integrate Emotional Intelligence to Improve Personal and Professional Development. PRISM Network (Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Health Center, Community Support Services, and Portage Path Behavioral Health), Akron, Ohio, October 5, 2011.
  • McCollister, M.K. How to Integrate Emotional Intelligence to Improve Personal and Professional Development. PRISM Network (Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Health Center, Community Support Services, and Portage Path Behavioral Health), Akron, Ohio, September 28, 2011.
  • McCollister, M.K. How to Integrate Emotional Intelligence to Improve Personal and Professional Development. PRISM Network (Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Health Center, Community Support Services, and Portage Path Behavioral Health), Akron, Ohio, September 21, 2011.
  • McCollister, M.K. How to Integrate Emotional Intelligence to Improve Personal and Professional Development. PRISM Network (Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Community Health Center, Community Support Services, and Portage Path Behavioral Health), Akron, Ohio, September 14, 2011.
  • McCollister, M.K. Understanding Secondary Trauma. Community Action of Wayne and Medina (CAWM), Medina, Ohio, August 11, 2009.
  • McCollister, M.K. and Eberhart, M. America Speaks / Voices and Choices: Improving the Communities of Northeast Ohio. The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, May 19, 2006.
  • McCollister, M.K. and Davis, L. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (GLBTIQ) Youth. The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, October 14, 2005.
  • McCollister, M.K. Crisis Intervention with Child Welfare Supervisors and Staff: Death of a Child on a Social Worker’s Caseload. Summit County Children Services, Akron, Ohio, April, 2004.
  • McCollister, M.K. and Davis, L. Akron Area Pride Collective GLBTIQ Youth Coordinator: Gay Straight Alliances (GSA). Firestone High School, Akron, Ohio, March, 2003.
  • McCollister, M.K. and Davis, L. Akron Area Pride Collective GLBTIQ Youth Coordinator: Gay Straight Alliances (GSA). Glenoak High School, Canton, Ohio, March, 2003.
  • McCollister, M.K. Cultural Diversity Training in Criminal Justice. Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna, Ohio, March, 2002.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

  • McCollister, M. K. (2014). Program Evaluation: American Friends Service Committee Economic and Political Justice Program.


Research Accomplishments

 

Education

  • Ph.D. (Non-Profit Management) Capella University
  • M.S.W. The University of Akron
  • B.S.W. The University of Akron

Courses

  • 7750:440 Research I
  • 7750:441 Research II
  • 7750:427 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • 7750:430 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • 7750:445 Social Policy Analysis
  • 7750:480 Social Work with Adolescents
  • 7750:480 Social Work and Spirituality
  • 7750:480 Emotional Intelligence
  • 7750:480 Social Work and Trauma
  • 7750:622 Fundamentals of Research I
  • 7750:623 Fundamentals of Research II
  • 7750:675 Program Evaluation