Melissa D. Deroche | Troy University

Melissa D. Deroche

Biography 

Dr. Melissa Deroche

Melissa D. Deroche, Ph.D., LPC-S, ACS, NCC, is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training (CRIT) at Troy University, Montgomery. She has approximately 15 years of experience working as a professional counselor in community-based and rehabilitation agencies, a state psychiatric hospital, and private practice. In 2014, the National Board for Certified Counselors recognized Melissa’s service to the profession, to underserved populations, and chose her as one of twenty-two doctoral-level minority allows and awarded her a $20,000 scholarship to continue to educate others about the importance of working with traditionally underserved populations, particularly people with disabilities (PWD). Her scholarly interests include multicultural and diversity education, training, and competence specific to PWD, as well as the ableist microaggression experiences and social justice concerns of this community, and she has presented or co-presented 38 presentations at national, regional, and state professional counseling conferences.