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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Melissa Reitmeier, Ph.D., LMSW

Title: Director of Field Education / Clinical Associate Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-5293
Office: Hamilton 204D
Resources: Curriculum Vitae

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Melissa Reitmeier

Research Expertise

  • Behavioral health (mental health and substance use) training

  • Health disparities

  • Poverty

  • Social work and field education


Melissa Reitmeier joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2012. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Dr. Reitmeier was the director of quality assurance and training for Disibility Rights of South Carolina and a dialectical behavioral therapist with the South Carolina Center for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, Reitmeier taught as a part-time instructor at the College of Social Work from 2004 to 2012.  

Dr. Reitmeier is a clinical associate professor and has served as the director of field education since 2012. She is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of field education activities, including the development of field internships and integrative field education seminar courses for BSW and MSW programs and supervises the members of the field education team. Dr.Reitmeier also trains and evaluates field instructors, while employing, maintaining, training and evaluating faculty field liaisons. She develops partnerships and evaluates field sites and field education programs to ensure all field activities are compliant with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Educational Policies and Academic Standards.  

Dr. Reitmeier’s research interests include the intersection between social work and field education and training programs targeting behavioral health needs. She has served as principal investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded research training programs that provided $10,000 scholars to over 150 MSW students. These projects address unmet behavioral healthcare needs throughout the state and develop the social work workforce in SC. Dr. Reitmeier was also the principal investigator for a funded research award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Health Occupations Providing Excellence (HOPES) program trained community partners and students on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) providing them the necessary skills for treating at-risk substance use disorder patients.

Dr. Reitmeier is the chair of CSWE’s Council of Field Directors(2020-2023), and a member of the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors, International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work. She is also co-chair of the South Carolina Field Education Consortium and vice president of the State of South Carolina Mental Health Planning Council. 

Reitmeier received her Master of Social Work and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

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