Dr. Melissa A. Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC, is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, and licensed professional counselor. She has over two decades of experience working in public and private schools, most recently as an Associate Professor at Winthrop University and previously working for the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado.
She is a former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services and has served as president of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and chair of the NASP National School Safety and Crisis Response Committee.
She currently serves as a member of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee and travels extensively, both domestically and internationally, to provide training on topics such as school crisis prevention, threat and suicide assessment, and the impact of trauma on academic achievement. Overall, she has conducted more than 250 workshops and presentations.
Additionally, Dr. Reeves is a senior advisor for Safe and Sound Schools, an organization established by parents who lost their children in the Sandy Hook tragedy.
She has won numerous awards and authored many publications, including:
- School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (original and 2nd Edition)
- Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management for K-12 Schools
- Identifying, Assessing, and Treating PTSD at School
- Comprehensive Planning for Safe Learning Environments: A School Professional’s Guide to Integrating Physical and Psychological Safety
"This book holds a ton of helpful resources and tools for school staff but is SUPER EASY to read. Dr. Reeves reviews the 8 step process of quality BTAM, the why and how behind the importance of school teams, and most importantly ways to help students the ensure their success. Additionally, the importance of quality SEL and understanding the difference between MAKING and POSING a threat. If your school or school district needs guidance on how to establish protocols and teaming then this is your go to resource."
"This book is so helpful and needed for me as a practicing School Psych. Having a process for myself and my school team for addressing behavior threats is something that I've always needed, and I've already shared it with my school staff. I will be referencing this book for years to come."
"I cannot recommend this book enough! I’ve received training from Dr Reeves on Behavior Threat Assessments and this book perfectly explains that training. Plus it comes with additional resources!!!"