Melissa E. Buckley

Melissa E. Buckley

Melissa E. Buckley

Title: Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Washington Adventist University Extension

Office Location: Social Work Department, WAU
Alternate Phone: (301) 891-4574


Melissa E. Buckley earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Aabama and then went on to The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to earn her Master's degree in Social Work.


Prior to Washington Adventist University, Professor Buckley was an adjunct professor at Miles College in Birmingham, AL as well as Humber College in Toronto, Canada.  She has extensive experience working as a Foster Care Social Worker, a Therapist working with children and families, and as a Clinical Director of a program for grieving children.  Additionally, she has served on various boards of directors whose emphasis was to enhance and empower the community.  She is the Founder of a non-profit organization for at-risk adolescent girls.  Perhaps one of her most proud accomplishments was being a Foster Parent for teenage mothers and their babies.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Mrs. Buckley has a keen interest in researching the emerging trends impacting the Black Family dynamic in addition to researching grieving in minority groups.  She enjoy traveling, particularly to warm climates, and she have an open-door policy for Sabbath dinners.

Posters and Presentations

Henley, Melissa.  Dealing with Loss: Exploring the Psychosocial Well-Being of Urgan Adolescents.  CSWE, Dallas, TX, October 2017.
Henley, Melissa.  Preparing Emerging Social Workers for Racial Justice.  Workshop.  CSWE, Atlanta, GA (November 2016).
Henley, Melissa.  Preparing Students fo Excellence in Ethics.  Workshop.  NACSW, Cincinnati, OH (November 2016).
Henley, Melissa.  Ready, Set, Lead.  Post session.  CSWE, Denver, CO (October 2015).
Henley, Melissa.  Ready, Set, Lead.  Post session.  NACSW, Grand Rapids, MI (November 2015).