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Carrie W. Rishel, Ph.D.

Professor and Rural Integrated Behavioral Health Training Program Director

Dr. Rishel has research and teaching interests in child and adolescent mental/behavioral health, prevention-focused social work practice, and integrated models of service delivery. She joined the faculty at the WVU School of Social Work in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work. Her social work practice experience centered on working with children and families, especially on prevention work with children in schools. She serves as director of the Rural Integrated Behavioral Health Training (RIBHT) Program within the WVU MSW program. This training program, supported by federal grants through the US Department of Health and Human Services, prepares MSW students to apply a prevention-focused integrative approach to address behavioral health needs of underserved populations across the lifespan. Along with her research and teaching activities, she remains actively involved in efforts across the state to improve mental and behavioral health services for children and families.


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • B.A., Haverford College, 1997


  • Children’s mental/behavioral health
  • Prevention of mental health problems
  • Risk and protective factors related to child outcomes
  • Prevention-focused social work practice
  • Integrated models of service delivery


  • Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Advanced Direct Practice
  • Social Work Practice with Children and Families
  • Child Mental Health
  • Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Social Work Research and Program Evaluation


Rishel, C. W. (2015). Establishing a Prevention-Focused Integrative Approach to Social Work Practice. Families in Society, 96, 125-132. 

Rishel, C. W. & Hartnett, H. P. (2015). Preparing MSW Students to Provide Mental and Behavioral Health Services to Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families in Rural Settings. Journal of Social Work Education, 51.sup 1, S26-S43. 

Rishel, C. W. (2014). Teaching Note - Integrating Prevention Content into Clinical Social Work Practice Courses. Journal of Social Work Education, 50, 752-762. 

Rishel, C. W., Morris, T. L., Colyer, C., & Gurley-Calvez, T. (2014). Preventing the residential placement of young children: A multidisciplinary investigation of challenges and opportunities in a rural state. Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 9-14. 

McCave E.,L. Rishel, C. W., & Morris, M. (2013). Prevention as an Explicit Part of the Social Work Profession: Part Two of a Systematic Investigation. Advances in Social Work, 14, 544-555. 

Rishel, C. W., Ice, C. L., Cottrell, L., & Cottrell, S. (2013). Validating the NonParental Adult Inventory (NPAI) for Mental Health Assessment and Research. Community Mental Health Journal, 49, 401-406. 

Rishel, C. W., Cottrell, L., & Kingery, T. (2012). Preventing Adolescent Risk Behavior in the Rural Context: An Integrative Analysis of Adolescent, Parent, and Provider Perspectives. Journal of Family Social Work, 15, 401-416. 

Rishel, C. W. (2012). Pathways to prevention for children of depressed mothers: A review of the literature and recommendations for practice. Depression Research and Treatment, Vol 2012, Article ID 313689, 11 pages. doi: 10.1155/2012/313689. 

McCave E. and Rishel, C. W. (2011). Prevention as an Explicit Part of the Social Work Profession: A Systematic Investigation. Advances in Social Work, 12, 226-240