DR. CHRISTENSEN’S BIO / CV

Dr. Mary Christensen, Ph.D., LICSW

Dr. Christensen is an Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program at WVU. She graduated with her PhD from Simmons University School of Social Work in 2015 and received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2000. She has over 15 years of post-master’s clinical experience working in a range of settings, including outpatient and community mental health, child and adolescent acute residential care, adult partial hospitalization, and crisis work. In addition to being a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW), Dr. Christensen is also a certified psychological autopsy investigator. Her current research focuses on the implementation of routine suicide risk screening and assessment in rural settings, such as primary care and outpatient mental health as well as suicide-related training initiatives for providers. Her research has been funded by grants from the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Center, the Eberly College Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative, the WVU Research and Scholarship Advancement Program and by a Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her current research projects involve the implementation and validation of the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit in rural outpatient settings.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Simmons University School of Social Work
M.S.W., Smith College


RESEARCH INTERESTS
Routine suicide risk screening and assessment in outpatient settings and primary care
Development and evaluation of training and pedagogical initiatives related to suicide
Evaluation of current suicide risk screening practices in primary care and other outpatient settings


TEACHING EXPERIENCE / INTERESTS
Generalist and advanced social work practice
Assessment and diagnosis
Intervention research
Suicide prevention and crisis intervention
Addiction/Substance Use Disorders


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Scientific Advisor for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Reviewer for Journal for Social Work Education
Member of the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Research
Licensing Reviewer for University of North Carolina Division of Academic & Regulatory Affairs


LICENSURE / CERTIFICATIONS
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) – West Virginia (2015- present)
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) – Massachusetts (2002- 2015)
Certified Psychological Autopsy Investigator- American Association of Suicidology (2022-present)

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