One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

Melissa Brown, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Professor Brown began her social work career at the Area Agency on Aging where she completed assessments and provided ongoing case management for the aged, mentally ill, and homeless population. She then worked at Crossroads Hospice with the terminally ill and their families, as well as supervised student interns. While at Crossroads Hospice, she completed a graduate-level internship in the bereavement department, counseling children and families working through grief and loss. After completing graduate school, Professor Brown joined the counseling team at Cedarville, where she counseled students and served as an adjunct professor. She began teaching full time for the Department of Social Work in 2015. Professor Brown maintains practice with Crossroads Hospice and Dayton Children's Hospital. 

Education and Credentials

  • M.S.W., The Ohio State University
  • B.S. in Social Work, Cedarville University
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervision (LISW-S)

Scholarly Works

  • Food Addictions: A Basic Understanding (Melissa D. Brown) Dayton Avenue Baptist Church (2015)  
  • Ethics of Working with Newborn Hospice Patients and Their Families (Melissa D. Brown) Crossroads Hospice (2014) 
  • Journey of Hope: What Is Perinatal Hospice? (Melissa D. Brown) Crossroads Hospice (2014)  
  • Understanding Medicaid and Medicare: Navigating Benefits with the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (Melissa D. Brown) Crossroads Hospice (2012)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Enjoys spending time with her husband and three children 
  • Avid pet lover and book reader
  • Why Cedarville: I initially came to Cedarville University in 2005 as a college student. I loved that Cedarville was grounded in biblical truth and offered an accredited social work program. After completing graduate school, I chose to return to Cedarville because I was passionate about the mission of the University. I enjoy helping students learn about social work through a biblical lens.