Melissa McCardle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Baccalaureate Program Director

Academic Interests

  •   Social and economic justice among disenfranchised groups
  •   Social Policy
  •   Diversity
  •   Eating Disorders/Obesity/ Weight Bias
  •   Dialectical Behavior Therapy for at-risk behaviors

Educational Background

Dr. McCardle received her Ph.D. from. the Graduate School and University Center (CUNY) in Manhattan. She received her M.S.W. from New York University and her B.A from Hofstra University.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the primary role for a social work educator is to teach students to think critically and on multiple levels about the social issues impacting society and its members. Effective social work education balances the teaching of content and curriculum with helping students develop self awareness skills. I focus much energy on  creating a classroom atmosphere of openness to a diversity of values, opinions and ideas. I seek ways to help students connect in a passionate way to the important issues facing their future clients. I am privileged to be a part of the journey our students embark on in their quest to become professional social workers.

Courses Taught

SWK 241 Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 342 Social Welfare Policy II
SWK 250 Diversity Perceptions and Practice
SWK 350 Professional Encounter
SWK 463 Capstone I
SWK 464 Capstone II


Bliss, S.  & McCardle, M. (2013), "The Integration of Psychodynamic and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: An Examination of Common Elements," Clinical Social Work Journal.

Zhang, J., Weiss, J., McCardle, M., Klopchin, H., Rosendahl, E., Maayan, L., Convit, A., Kane, J., Manu, P., & Correll, C. (2012). Effects of a Cognitive Behavioral Weight Management Program in Obese Patients with Psychotic Disorders, Other Psychiatric Disorders or No Psychiatric Comorbidity: Results from a Real-World, 12-month Study, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 32(4), 458-464.

Carey, M. & McCardle, M. (2011). Can an observational field model enhance critical thinking and generalist practice skills? Journal of Social Work Education.

McCardle, M. (2009). Weight bias and social work practice: Implications for research, policy and practice. Deutschland: VDM Verlag Dr. MullerAktiengesellschaft & Co.


McCardle, M. & Bliss, S. (2013, March). "Self reflection for social change: Building social work skills during challenging times." Oral presentation at the 2013 National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter, Power of Social Work Conference. Albany, New York.

Bliss, S. & McCardle, M. (2013, March). "Integrating psychodynamic and dialectical behavior therapy in the treatment of borderline personality disorder." Oral presentation at the 2013 National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter, Power of Social Work Conference. Albany, New York.

"McCardle, M. & Bliss, S. (2012, June). "Self-reflection for societal change: Teaching self awareness to social work students." Oral presentation at the 12th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities. River Forest, Illinois.

McCardle, M. (2012, March). "Can an Observational Field Model Enhance Critical Thinking and Generalist Practice?" at the Association for Baccalaureate Program Directors Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

McCardle, M. (2011, November). "Fat Bias among Social Work Practitioners" at the National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

McCardle, M. (2009, December). "Application of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Techniques to Groupwork with Challenging Clients" for the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Inc. Long Island Chapter. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York.

McCardle, M. (2009, October). "Impact of Weight Bias on Social Work Practice" at the New York State Social Work Education Association 42nd Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, New York.

McCardle, M. (2008, November)."The Impact of Weight Bias on Social Work Practice." The 54th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education.

McCardle, M (2008, June)."The Impact of Weight Bias on Practice and Supervision." The Fourth International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision. Amherst, New York.