Melissa Rotkiewicz, Psy.D.

Position at CCPH: Interim Co-Director

Year joined UMass: 2003

Clinical Interests: As the interim co-director, my main focus is on working to ensure that CCPH is on the administration and management of our clinic. Along with my fellow co-director, Dr. Linda Scott, I ensure that CCPH is meeting the mental health needs of our students and campus as a whole. I work closely with our staff and our campus partners around programming and service delivery. I am also a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, collaborating with colleagues across departments to ensure student success and improve their experiences while at UMass. In addition to my administrative responsibilities, I am also a clinician at heart. I provide crisis services as well as brief psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in first generation college students, relationships and intimacy concerns, men’s and women’s health issues, students involved in fraternities and sororities, parenting struggles, and the intersection between psychology and law enforcement. I serve as the CCPH liaison with UMass Amherst Police Department, providing training and ongoing consultation with command and patrol staff, and am part of the UMPD Suicide Prevention Team. I am also a member of the Workplace Violence Management Team, the Risk Assessment Team, ACT (committee for students of concern), and the Student Affairs Leaders and Directors team. I have presented at the national level on police psychology and an integrated care model for college mental health and law enforcement.

Education:  2004 PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Keene, NH; 2002 MS in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Keene, NH; 1999 BS in Psychology (minor in Economics), St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Professional Experience: While the majority of my career has been spent in the college counseling setting, I have also worked at a community mental health clinic and a public middle school, providing individual, couples, and family psychotherapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and adults. Prior to being appointed as the Interim Co-Director of CCPH in 2017, I was the Interim Associate Director for Clinical Services from 2015-2017, and served as the Assistant Director for Psychological Assessment at CCPH from 2007-2015. From 2005-2007, I served as the Director of Psychological Assessments at UMass Amherst Counseling and Assessment Services (which has since merged with CCPH).

Certifications/Licenses: 2005 Psychologist and Health Service Provider, State of Massachusetts (#8530); Municipal Police Training Committee Suicide Prevention Instructor

Memberships: Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS), Society for Police and Criminal Psychology (SPCP), Society for Personality Assessment (SPA), International Society of the Rorschach and Projective Methods, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

More about me: As a first generation college student myself, I know firsthand the importance of finding support and connection during this time. I am committed to helping students of all backgrounds find their voice, their courage, and their drive to be their best selves. I am also a parent, an athlete, a coach, and an avid book reader.


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher