Melissa Delgado Flint, Psy.D.

Associate Professor
Glendale, AZ

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While more research related to the concepts of death/ dying have emerged of late, there continues to be a scarce amount of information in this area related to the clinical applications of appropriate bereavement care models.  Of note, those models which combine the context of bereavement care along with companioning the individual thorough to meaning reconstruction.  This consists of companioning the bereaved on their journey and realizing that for true catharsis to happen, it must come from within them rather than from what a therapist/ doctor/ other has told them?  My primary research interests lie in traumatic death, particularly when a parent has experienced the death of a child in addition to Gerontology.

Title
Associate Professor

Campus
Glendale, AZ

College
College of Health Sciences - AZ

Department
Behavioral Sciences

Program
Clinical Psychology

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623-572-3860

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mflint@midwestern.edu

Education

Arogsy University/ Phoenix | 2004 | Psy.D.
Argosy University/ Phoenix | 2001 | M.A.
Arizona State University | 1999 | B.S.

Courses Taught

Current Teaching Activities College of Health Sciences - Glendale

FALL
PSYCG 1682        Practicum Seminar I
PSYCG 1712        Grief and Loss

PSYCG 1649        Group Therapy

WINTER
PSYCG 1685        Practicum Seminar II

PSYCG 1520        Clinical Appraisal and Interviewing  

SPRING
PSYCG 1686        Practicum Seminar III
PSYCG 1636        Existential and Humanistic Theory and Therapy

PSYCG 1732        Supervision and Consultation

SUMMER
PSYCG 1689        Practicum Seminar IV 
PSYCG 1503        Life Span Development II
 

Research

Project I: Application of the ATTEND Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Bereavement Care Model in clinical practice.

Project II: Exploration of Munchausen behaviors in child death bereavement support groups.

Project III:  Quality of Life in Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders

Project IV:  Hoarding in the Elderly

Publications

ATTEND: toward a mindfulness-based bereavement care model.
Cacciatore J, Flint M.Death Stud. 2012 Jan;36(1):61-82.


Mediating Grief: Postmortem Ritualization After Child Death

Joanne Cacciatore , Melissa Flint Journal of Loss and Trauma . Vol. 17, Iss. 2, 2012

Freeman, A., Breitmeyer, A. & Flint, M. (2013). The Challenges in Diagnosing Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Difficult to Define, but "We know it when we see it".  The Behavior Therapist 36(7): 179-184.      

Organizations

Arizona Psychological Association

Association for Death Education and Counseling (The Thanatology Association)

American Psychological Association

The American Academy of Bereavement

National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Program Delegate 2013-2016

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers 2012-2018

International Association of Trauma Professionals

 

Grants

Midwestern Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee (MAAC), Midwestern University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium (AAC) Internal Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC). Efficient, effective and early: Detection of cognitive decline utilizing CNS Vital Signs and the Culture-Fair Assessment of NeuroCognitive Abilities Test (CANA) with implications for interdisciplinary healthcare – A preliminary study.  Submitted  May 20, 2013.  Unfunded.

 

National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP).  NCSPP Grants for Internship Programs.  Submitted November 7, 2013.  Awarded January 22, 2014 ($5,000).

 

The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago.  A study of the community-based ElderVention® suicide prevention program on the risk factor of social isolation in older adults.  Invited Proposal submitted October 30, 2013. 

 

The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago.  A study of the community-based ElderVention® suicide prevention program on the risk factor of social isolation in older adults.  Letter of intent submitted June 28, 2013.  Invitation for proposal received August 29, 2013.

 

Midwestern Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee (MAAC), Midwestern University Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium (AAC) Internal Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC). A study of the community-based ElderVention® suicide prevention program on the risk factor of social isolation in older adults.  Submitted  May 31, 2011.  Funding approved at reduced amount on 6/14/11 due to state budget issues.   Funding recalled due to changes in budget for Consortium and match funds from MWU.

 

Centers for Disease Control, EOF RFA-CE-10-006:  A study of the community-based ElderVention® suicide prevention program on the risk factor of social isolation in older adults. Submitted April 29, 2010.  Unfunded.

 

Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Research Facilitation Grant for “Psychological characteristics of the older adult hoarder: A study with evidence from clinical and non-clinical peer group”. Submitted 5/30/18. Funded.

 

Awards

2018 – Distinguished Faculty Award, MWU Clinical Psychology Class of 2018

2016 – Distinguished Faculty Award, MWU Clinical Psychology Class of 2016

2015 – MASK Magazine Unity Award Top 15 Finalist

2014 – MASK Magazine Unity Award Nominee

            2013 – Distinguished Faculty Award, MWU Clinical Psychology Class of 2013

            2012 – Distinguished Faculty Award, MWU Clinical Psychology Class of 2012

2007 – Paradise Valley Hospital Community Pillar Award Winner

2004 – Intern of the Year, Northern California Internship Training Consortium

2002 – Comprehensive Clinical Examination – Pass with Distinction

2001 – Clinical Evaluation Competency – Pass with Distinction

1998 – Merit Full Tuition Scholarship – Arizona State University

1997 – Caregiver of the Year, Western Division of Columbia HCA Hospital

1997 – Employee of the Year – Paradise Valley Hospital

1996 – Employee of the Quarter – Paradise Valley Hospital

1994 – 2008 Multiple Customer Service Recognition Awards

More Information

Quote: "What's wrong with death, sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can't we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor.  Death is not the enemy gentlemen.  If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference."  Robin Williams (Patch Adams)