Elaine M. de Mello, MSW, LCSW

Teaching Lecturer, Health Education

BS, Ramapo College; MS, Herbert H. Lehman College; MSW, University of Connecticut
Email: edemello@plymouth.edu

It has been a privilege to teach at PSU since 2004 as a complement to my full time work in the mental health field. I’ve been in the field since 1978, working in both inpatient and community based settings, providing clinical and emergency services and overseeing programs. In 1999 I began working at NAMI NH where I have developed and implemented educational programs in mental health and suicide prevention. My primary focus now is working in NH and nationally in the suicide prevention field. I’ve worked with states, campuses, tribal organizations, health care systems and many coalitions around the U.S. and abroad over the past 10 years with best practices suicide prevention and postvention. I was honored to assist PSU in implementing a three year federal suicide prevention grant which was completed in 2015.

My B.S. in Psychology was earned in 1978 at Ramapo College in NJ; I subsequently received a masters in Therapeutic Recreation in 1980 from Lehman College in NY. Moving up to NH the following year, I completed my MSW with UConn in 1985 and since have become a licensed clinical social worker.

Plymouth State is in the heart of the NH setting that I love, and when I am not working, I am enjoying the mountains, lakes, and rivers-canoeing, horseback riding, hiking and skiing. I know that I share the love of the outdoors with the wonderful students who come to PSU to enjoy both a rich academic and natural environment!

Courses taught:

Mental Health & Society
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Theory & Practice of Social Work Intervention III