Melissa Singh, EdD, LCSW has over fifteen years of online teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Virtual Academic Center at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Dr. Singh is in the Social Change and Innovation Department and is the course lead for Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC Rossier School of Education.
Melissa received her master’s in Health Services Administration in 2000 and her master’s in Social Work in 2006 both from the University of Central Florida. Dr. Singh’s research interests include building inclusive learning environments, trauma–informed education, environmental justice through disaster preparedness and response as well as creative disruption to induce innovation. Trained by The National SEED (seeking educational equity and diversity) Project as a SEED leader. Dr. Singh is an NASW Advanced Certified Hospice, Palliative Care Social Worker, and Board-Certified Pharmacy Technician. She is trained in EMDR and Field Traumatology. She has extensive healthcare knowledge in hospice, hospital, and private settings as well as disaster response experience.
Dr. Singh serves on the board of directors at Central Florida Community Health Centers. In 2016, a program that she co-led won the Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education from SAGE/CSWE for Educating Social Work Students for Macro Practice. In 2017, Dr. Singh was awarded the Hutto Patterson Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching; service to the university, the school, and the community; and accessibility to students.