Melissa A. Louvar Reeves
AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Dr. Melissa A. Louvar Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC recently served as President of the National Association of School Psychologists (2016-17). She is currently an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, SC in the psychology department and school psychology graduate program and a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates, PA. Dr. Reeves is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings.
Dr. Reeves is the author and co-author of many books, including two in the 15-Minute Focus series: Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences and Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management for K-12 Schools. She co-authored the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum, and is the former Chair of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee which provides consultation and support to school districts across the country after large scale crisis events including school shootings and natural disasters. She was a founding member of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists State-Wide Crisis Response Team, which trained school districts across Colorado in crisis response and was also a crisis responder to support students after Columbine. She travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive behavior therapy in the school setting. She has conducted more than 200 workshops and presentations, works with schools on establishing a positive and safe school climate, and has also provided consultation and staff development to professionals in the United States Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools located on various military installations.
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