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Melinda W. Pilkinton is an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Instruction in Social Work. She earned a B.A. degree in social work from Mississippi State University in 1975, a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1976, and a Ph.D. in social work from Jackson State University in 2007. She has taught a variety of social work courses at MSU since 1999. Additionally, she has worked as a Clinical Social Worker in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, supervision & administration, nursing home consultation, and school social work for over 30 years. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Board of Examiner for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists and is active in the Association of Social Work Boards. Her research interests include military families, mental health and substance abuse issues, and social welfare policy.

Humble, Michael N. Melinda Pilkinton, Lawrence M. McGlynn, and Brian E. Bride. "HIV/AIDS: Measuring an Evolving Virus" Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 21.4 (2011): 398-409.
Pilkinton, Melinda W. "TANF Recipients' Barriers to Employability: Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence" Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 20.8 (2010): 1011-1023.
Pilkinton, Melinda W. "Insider-Out/Outside-In: A White Woman's Reflections on Attending a Historically Black University" Reflections 15.2 (2009): 84-89.
Pilkinton, Melinda W. "Self in Relation Theory: A Model for Helping" Perspectives 5.1 (2007): 28-31.