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Melanie Iarussi, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSAC

Melanie Iarussi
Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty, Department of Counseling
(954) 262-5734
Office: Maltz 2038


  • Ph.D. Kent State University
  • M.S. Kent State University
  • B.A. Baldwin-Wallace College

Professional Interests

Dr. Melanie Iarussi is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor (LPC-S) and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). In addition to teaching graduate counseling students, she has provided MI trainings to a wide range of helping professionals in the community. Her research focus has been on MI training, as well as counselors learning and practicing the integration of MI and CBT, as well as professional identity and advocacy.  She has published in such Journals of Addiction and Offender Counseling, Counselor Preparation and Supervision, College Counseling, Correctional Education, Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, among others. She was awarded grant funding including from HRSA for building rural alliances through collaboration and education: Providing Behavioral health services to rural, at risk-children, adolescents and transitional age youth.

Dr Iarussi has clinical counseling experience in a variety of settings including at a substance use agency, college counseling centers, private practice, after school groups, and a domestic violence shelter. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the College of Education at Auburn. She also served as president of the Southern Association of Education and Supervision from 2016-17.

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