Social Work Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor/Field Placement Coordinator
Hometown : Youngsville, PA
Joined Chatham : 2008
Academic Areas of Interest
Dr. Bell's teaching and research interests include access to family planning, emotion dysregulation in women with psychiatric diagnoses, social welfare history, macro social work practice, the influence of political and religious beliefs in social work practice and the transition of military service women and veterans into civilian life. She has participated in legislative action that focused on the assurance of access to emergency contraception in Pennsylvania hospital emergency rooms for survivors of sexual assault. She is a content advisor on gender issues for the documentary film, Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home.
Personal Areas of Interest
Traveling, spending time with friends and family, walking in forested areas, and gardening.
Dr. Melissa Bell received an undergraduate degree in psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning an MSW with a concentration in direct practice mental health in 1998. She then completed a 12 month post-MSW fellowship at Yale University in intensive clinical services. She returned to the University of Pittsburgh for a Ph.D. in Social Work. While completing her doctoral coursework, she worked for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic within the outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic. Dr. Bell earned her doctorate in December 2007. She also completed a Ph.D. certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on access to family planning, the influence of politics and religion on social work practice and the transition of military service women to civilian life.
- Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh; Post-MSW Fellowship Yale University; MSW University of Pittsburgh; BA in psychology Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Valutis, S., Rubin, D., & Bell, M. (in press). Value Conflicts and Value Priorities: It’s Not Just About Religion. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought.
- Bell, M.M., & Rubin, D. (2013). Social workers and family planning knowledge: Are we still gatekeepers? Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 18, 1-17.
- Bell, M., Thornton, G, & Zanich, M. L. (2013). Resources and research in thanatology. In D. K. Meagher & D. E. Balk. (eds.) Handbook of thanatology (2nd ed)(pp 411-427.) NY: Routledge.
- Valutis, S., Rubin, D., & Bell, M. (2012). Professional socialization and social work values: Who are we teaching? Social Work Education: The International Journal 31 (8)8, 1046-1057
- Newhill, C. E., Bell, M. M., Eack, S. M., & Mulvey, E. P. (2010). Confirmatory factor analysis of the emotion dysregulation measure. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 1 (3).
- Doctoral Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
- Owens Fellowship 1997-University of Pittsburgh
- Distinguished Alumni Award 2004-IUP
- National Association of Social Workers; Council on Social Work Education
- Bell, M.M. (2012, November). Social Workers and Family Planning: Barriers in Prevention. Poster session presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington D.C.
- Valutis, S., Rubin, D. B., and Bell, M.M. (2010, October). Professional Socialization and Social Work Values: Who Are We Teaching. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland OR.
- Bell, M., & Rubin, D. (2010, March). Providing family planning information to clients: What do social workers know? Paper presented at the Baccalaureate Program Directors in Social Work Annual Meeting, Atlanta GA.
- Valutis, S., Bell, M., & Rubin, D. (2009, November). Value conflicts and value priorities: What do social workers think? Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
- Bell, M.M. (1999, May). Case study of atypical schizophrenia. Paper presented at the Yale Psychiatric Institute, New Haven, CT.
- Bell, M.M., & Thornton, G.F. (1995, December). Relationship between anorexia nervosa and death anxiety. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, Washington D.C.