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Michelle A. Scott, Ph.D., M.S.W

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., University of California–Berkeley, School of Social Welfare

M.S.W., University of California–Berkeley, School of Social Welfare

B.A., Clark University, Worcester MA

McAllan Hall 311
Courses this Semester
SW 409 – Research Methods
SW411 - Statistics
SW507 Research Methods
Regularly Taught Courses
SW 409; SW 412; SW411, SW 426; SW 507; SW 626; Elective: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

Michelle Scott, M.S.W., Ph.D. (MSW and Ph.D.; School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley), currently, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project.  The project began in January 2017 after a large private donation.  The SRF project is a natural development for Dr. Scott as she was the recipient of a Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration, Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention on Campus grant entitled Promoting Wellness and Resiliency on Campus Initiative at Monmouth University, from 2012-2016.  Her research career has focused on suicide prevention of youth and young adults.  Her work extends from evaluations of school-based screening for suicide-risk including evaluating the Columbia Suicide Screen, the original measure used in Columbia University: Teen Screen, and to evaluations of educational approaches and programs for suicide prevention.  In 2008, after joining the faculty in Monmouth University’s School of Social Work, she has become involved in local and State suicide initiatives.  She served on the executive board for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide from 2008 – 2016, and has led evaluation of efforts to reduce the effects of any suicide contagion at Manasquan high school, including evaluation of crisis team training program and the transportability of evidence based treatment for depression and suicide prevention for local mental providers. She is co-author of the newly revised (in press) Lifelines Prevention (due to come out in 2018) as well as the second book of the Lifelines Trilogy, entitled Lifelines Intervention: Helping Students at Risk for Suicide, which takes a whole school approach to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.   At the State level, Dr. Scott serves as the Chair for New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and is a member of the Child Fatality Review- Suicide Subcommittee.  In addition, she has led evaluation efforts for both New York and Arkansas’ Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Initiative Programs and has been a participant in several national working groups on Upstream Suicide Prevention and Developmentally-appropriate Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention.  Beyond research, Dr. Scott has trained mental health professionals, faculty and student in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies working with schools and communities across the United States.

Research Interests

Youth suicide prevention, intervention and postvention


Underwood M, Kalafat J, State of Maine, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Scott M ,  Springer J, Geddes J (in press). Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program (revision).  Hazelden, Inc; MN. – ( to be submitted for Best Practice Registry review upon publication- expected Summer 2018 )

Underwood M,  Scott M , Springer J, Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (2011).  Lifelines Intervention: Helping Students At Risk for Suicide.   Hazelden Publications: Center City, MN.( On Best Practice Registry)

Scholarly Articles

Scott M (2016). Delivering Professional Development in Suicide Prevention: A Comparison of Online Versus In-Person Training.  Pedagogy in Health Promotion .  doi: 10.1177/2373379916658667, 2(4): 266-275. first published online on July 13, 2016;

Scott M (2015).  TEACHING NOTE: Understanding Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention: Curriculum for MSW students.  Journal of Social Work Education . 51(1): 177-185.

Miranda R, Ortin A,  Scott M , Shaffer D (2014). Characteristics of suicidal ideation that predict the transition to future suicide attempts in adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry . 55(11):1288-1296.

Scott M , Underwood M, Lamis D. (2015).  Suicide and Related-Behavior Among Youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Online release.

Scott M,  Wilcox H, Fisher P, Turner JB, Huo Y, Shaffer D. (2010).   School-Based Screening for Suicide Risk: Balancing Costs and Benefits .American Journal of Public Health 100(9): 1648-1652

Scott M , Wilcox H, Schonfeld IS, Davies M, Hicks RC, Turner JB, Shaffer D. (2009). The Columbia Suicide Screen: An Examination of Whether School-Based Screening Identifies At-Risk Students Not Already Known to School Professionals. American Journal of Public Health . 99(2): 334-339.

Miranda R, Scott M , Hicks R, Wilcox HC, Harris Munfakh JL, Shaffer D (2008). Suicide attempt characteristics, diagnoses, and future attempts: comparing multiple attempters to single attempters and ideators.  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.  47(1):32-40.

Popular Press

Underwood M, Scott M , Springer J (2011). The Facts about Bullying & Suicide Risk: Opportunities for Social Work Intervention.  Social Work Today  11(5): 10-15.

Presentations/Invited Talks

Scott M, Underwood M (April, 2017). Perceived effectiveness of Suicide Postvention Crisis Training: Return to functioning while preparing for the future. American Association for Suicidology Annual Conference, Phoenix , Arizona.

Scott M, Underwood M (April, 2015). 21 st  Century Outreach: How to Connect with College Students. American Association for Suicidology Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Ortin A, Miranda R, Scott M , Shaffer D (June, 2013). Characteristics of suicidal ideation associated with the transition to suicide attempts in adolescence.  International Association of Suicide Research: World Congress on Suicide, Montreal, Canada.

Scott M , Feldman B (March, 2013).  Online versus face-to-face trainings: Is human contact needed when teaching sensitive material?  2013 Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Scott, M (Sept, 2012).     Transportability of CBT for Depression and Suicide Prevention to Practice: the Role of Consultation.  14th Annual European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behavior , Tel Aviv, Israel. Paper presentation.

Scott, M (Sept, 2012).   The effect of suicide crisis team training: Experiences of a high school experiencing a suicide cluster. 14 th  Annual European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behavior , Tel Aviv, Israel. Paper presentation.


National evaluation of Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” from the perspective of school counselors and school social workers

Professional Associations

American Association of Suicidology

Society for Social Work Research

  • Honorable Mention, Journal of Social Work Education, Best JSWE Teaching Notes, Volume 51. Understanding of Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention: Curriculum for MSW Students,
  • Nomination for Richard Lodge Prize Nomination, School of Social Work, Adelphi University, New York
  • Nomination for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award, Monmouth University, Spring 2014
  • Nomination for Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Spring 2014
  • Honors Student Thesis Advisor, Spring 2009- Spring 2014
Additional Information

Director, SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project

Chair, Institutional Review Board, Monmouth University

Member, School Personnel Committee, School of Social Work, Monmouth University

Member, Advisory Board, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Monmouth University

Chair, New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council to the Governor, State of New Jersey

Member, Suicide Sub-committee, Child Fatality Review Board, State of New Jersey