Melissa Reitmeier, PhD, MSW, LMSW, graduated from University of South Carolina in Columbia with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1993, a master's degree in social work in 2000 and a PhD in social work in 2010. Within the College of Social Work, she serves as a clinical associate professor and the director of field education.
Dr. Reitmeier’s clinical practice is rooted in behavioral health care and the evidence-based practice of dialectical behavioral therapy. In addition to her 15 years of behavioral health practice, Dr. Reitmeier has served as the primary evaluator and administrator on seven federal grants during her 12-year tenure at Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. She merges her passion for helping vulnerable populations and her desire to contribute to social work education. She works with community partners and field social workers to engage, identify and solve social problems.