Melissa Kaplowitch

Kaplowitch inducted into Salem State’s Civic Engagement Hall of Fame

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Kaplowitch inducted into Salem State’s Civic Engagement Hall of Fame

Melissa Kaplowitch

Melissa Kaplowitch, of Marblehead, an assistant professor of psychology and program coordinator of the Master of Science in Counseling program at Salem State, was recently inducted into Salem State’s Civic Engagement Hall of Fame.

Kaplowitch has trained students to become licensed mental health counselors for the past 22 years. Kaplowitch earned her PhD in counseling psychology from Northeastern University. Her clinical work emphasizes effective treatment for people who suffer from chronic mental illness. Her areas of research have focused on examining diversity and contextual factors when diagnosing men and boys with anorexia nervosa and the effects of using a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral approach when treating victims of rape. Kaplowitch serves as community representative to the Marblehead Mental Health Task Force and as an executive board member of the Boston Regional Anti-Defamation League. In 2016, she received the Edith Block Award from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) for extraordinary leadership and contributions to women’s philanthropy and North Shore Jewish life. In 2017, Kaplowitch received the Salem State Distinguished Teaching award.

Nominees are recognized for advocating for and leading programs that support marginalized communities, connecting individual research and scholarship to improve public outcomes, coordinating events and programs that address social injustices and support civic causes, being involved in nonprofit organizations, and helping students recognize and use their civic agency to bring about social change.

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