Melissa L. Villodas, PhD, LMSW, LCSW-A

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Assistant Professor, Social Work 

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Building: Peterson Hall, Room 3618

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Dr. Villodas joined the faculty of the Department of Social Work in the fall of 2022 and teaches the direct practice course. Her research interests are on understanding how the places people live impact mental health outcomes and the role of connectedness in promoting health and wellness across marginalized groups (e.g., system involved youth and young adults and young people from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods). Dr. Villodas is also interested in the utility of Afro-Latin cultural dances and education in promoting social connection and mental wellness. She has clinical experience with youth in foster care as well as children, youth, and adults in community health care settings. Dr. Villodas is a graduate of Nyack College (BA in English Writing), New York University (MSW) and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (PhD).


  • PhD, Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022
  • MSW, Social Work, New York University, 2015
  • BA, English Writing, Nyack College, 2012