Dr. Melissa Villarreal

Associate Professor

Office Address:  
373C DEV

Phone Number:  

Email Address:  
[email protected]

Winter 2024 Office Hours:
Tuesday: 6-8pm In Person or Virtual by Appointment
Wednesday: 1-3pm Virtual by Appointment

Teaching Areas:
SW 150 – Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
SW 300 – Social Work and Difference, Diversity, and Privilege
SW 333 - Community Work With the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community
SW 341 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SW 490 - SW 493 - Field Education
SW 674 – Social Work Practice with Families and Children

Professor Villarreal has worked in the field for more than 25 years as a child & family therapist, domestic violence therapist, probation officer for adolescents, child guidance worker for a juvenile home, outreach clinician for status offenders, and as a clinical case manager for teen parents.  Furthermore, while completing her first two years of coursework at Smith College towards a PhD, she worked as a campus Psychotherapist at Hope College serving mostly female students displaying symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other diagnoses.  Special trainings or certifications include Licensed Master of Social Work, Certified Addictions Counselor Level I, and Love & Logic Program Facilitator.  Professor Villarreal served on the faculties of both Hope College and Western Michigan University before coming to Grand Valley State University in 2015.   

BA with Psychology/Sociology Composite major and minors in Spanish and Biology, Hope College (1990)
MSW, Western Michigan University (1992)
PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Western Michigan University (2011)

Melissa Villarreal

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