Melissa K. McCollister, Ph.D., MSW

Melissa K. McCollister, Ph.D., MSW

Title: Campus Coordinator, Child Welfare University Partnership Program (UPP)
Dept/Program: School of Social Work
Office: 410, Polsky Bldg.
Phone: 330-972-5287
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


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.


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


  • McCollister, M.K. (June 27, 2014). Emotional Intelligence for Personal and Professional Development. Catholic Charities, Akron, OH.
  • McCollister, M.K. (June 17, 2014). Current Issues and Policies that Impact Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Individuals. Summit County Children Services, Brown Bag, Akron, OH.
  • McCollister, M.K., & Ridella, J. (May, 2014). Emotional Intelligence Curriculum Development with Child Welfare Title IV-E Social Work Students. National Child Welfare Title IV-E Conference, Galveston, Texas.
  • McCollister, M.K. (April 9, 2014). Emotional Intelligence. Our Lady of the Elms, Speaker Day, Akron, OH.
  • McCollister, M.K. Emotional Intelligence. Summit County Children Services, Women’s History Month, Brown Bag, Akron, OH, March 26, 2014.
  • McCollister, M.K., & Ridella, J. (May, 2013). Preparing Title IV-E Child Welfare Students with Emotional Intelligence. National Child Welfare Title IV-E Conference, Galveston, Texas.


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

Research Accomplishments



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


  • 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