Dr. Melissa Villarreal is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at GVSU and has been on the faculty since August 2015. She received her MSW degree from Western Michigan University (WMU) in April of 1992 and her PhD in 2011 from WMU. Her research presentations, publications and interests primarily focus on describing and analyzing Latina women’s self-described reasons for sexual assault disclosure and the essence of the self-disclosure experience for them. Her teaching is both in the MSW and BSW programs in families, children, and human behavior content area. Some of her service on campus and in the community include Curriculum Committee for both the School of Social Work and the College of Community and Public Service; Graduate Assistants Committee, Awards Committee, Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (FTLC) Advisory Committee for the University, and as a program committee member for the Community Action House Agency in Holland, Michigan. With regard to Dr. Villarreal's clinical skills and experience, she worked in the field for several 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 Ph.D., she worked as a campus counselor earning clinical hours for an academic year 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, play therapy, Certified Addictions Counselor Level I, and Love & Logic Program Facilitator.