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Elizabeth Mellin

Associate Professor

CCPA PhD Program


Elizabeth Mellin is an associate professor and director of the PhD program in the College of Community and Public Affairs as well as a licensed professional counselor. She is also a contributing faculty member in the Department of Social Work and Department of Human Development, in addition to her affiliation with the University's Sustainable Communities Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.

Mellin's work has been published in top tier journals such as the Journal of Counseling & Development, Children & Schools and School Mental Health. She has also provided consultation and research/evaluation services to LEAs, SEAs and other youth- focused organizations across the nation such as Aevidum (PA), the Broome County Promise Zone (NY), the State College Area School District (PA) and the Cobb County Community Services Board (GA).

Mellin was a fellow in the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program. Her work with students has been honored through awards for teaching excellence as well as integration of LGBT issues in courses. Mellin, who frequently publishes and presents with graduate students, has nearly 10 years of experience in doctoral education and has contributed to the successful mentoring of 20+ doctoral students.


  • BA, MeD, Auburn University
  • PhD, Ohio State

Research Interests

  • Role of community in promoting youth mental youth
  • multiparty collaborations
  • youth voice in school mental health promotion