Melissa Wells

Phone: (603) 862-0076
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall Rm 239, Durham, NH 03824
Melissa Wells, Associate Professor, Social Work


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S.W., Social Work, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Spanish, University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

  • SW 713: School Social Work
  • SW 797: Spc Top/Child Maltreatment
  • SW 813: School Social Work
  • SW 897: Spc Top/Child Maltreatment
  • SW 962: Data Analysis and Statistics
  • SW 965: Program & Practice Evaluation
  • SW 992: Special Projects & Ind Study

Selected Publications

Morton, C., & Wells, M. (2017). Behavioral and Substance Use Outcomes for Older Youth Living With a Parental Opioid Misuse: A Literature Review to Inform Child Welfare Practice and Policy. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 11(4-5), 546-567. doi:10.1080/15548732.2017.1355866

Sage, M., Wells, M., Sage, T., & Devlin, M. (2017). Supervisor and policy roles in social media use as a new technology in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.018

Wells, M., Vanyukevych, A., & Levesque, S. (2015). Engaging Parents: Assessing Child Welfare Agency Onsite Review Instrument Outcomes. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(3), 211-218. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.2015.96.27

Wells, M., Bartlett, L., Tappan, C., & Levesque, S. (2015). Child Welfare Agency Climate: Congruence with Practice Model Beliefs. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 9(3), 236-255. doi:10.1080/15548732.2015.1043422

Mitchell, K. J., Wells, M., Priebe, G., & Ybarra, M. L. (2014). Exposure to websites that encourage self-harm and suicide: Prevalence rates and association with actual thoughts of self-harm and thoughts of suicide in the United States. Journal of Adolescence, 37(8), 1335-1344. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.09.011

Mitchell, K. J., Sabina, C., Finkelhor, D., & Wells, M. (2009). Index of Problematic Online Experiences: Item Characteristics and Correlation with Negative Symptomatology. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 12(6), 707-711. doi:10.1089/cpb.2008.0317

Wells, M., & Mitchell, K. J. (2008). How Do High-Risk Youth Use the Internet? Characteristics and Implications for Prevention. Child Maltreatment, 13(3), 227-234. doi:10.1177/1077559507312962

Mitchell, K. J., & Wells, M. (2007). Problematic Internet experiences: Primary or secondary presenting problems in persons seeking mental health care?. Social Science & Medicine, 65(6), 1136-1141. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.015

Wells, M., Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., & Becker-Blease, K. A. (2007). Online Mental Health Treatment: Concerns and Considerations. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 10(3), 453-459. doi:10.1089/cpb.2006.9933

Wells, M. (2006). TEACHING NOTES: MAKING STATISTICS "REAL" FOR SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 397-404. doi:10.5175/jswe.2006.200400466

Most Cited Publications