Michael Pelts PhD, MSW

Assisatant Professor

 

Michael Pelts joined The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work in the Fall of 2015.  Before returning to the University of Missouri to pursue a PhD, Pelts worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker in forensic services for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. Pelts has extensive experience administering social programs in nonprofit organizations providing social, vocational and residential support for people with developmental disabilities and people with mental illness. 

In research, Michael utilizes quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand how identifying as a member of a stigmatized population (sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression), impacts physical health, mental health, and overall life experiences.  In his applied research, he utilizes the quantitative findings and personal stories that emerge from inquiry to develop and test culturally and linguistically informed training related to serving SGM populations across disciplines. His work is framed in minority stress theory, intergroup contact theory, and storytelling.

Education

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Social Work, University of Missouri, 2015

  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, University of Missouri, 2015

  • Master of Social Work, Portland State University, 2010

  • Bachelor of Science, Social and Rehabilitation Services, University of Southern Mississippi, 1991

Teaching

  • Social Welfare Systems (SWK 300)

  • Social Work Practice II (SWK 331)

  • Problem Solving with Groups (SWK 613)

  • Social Work Practice and Diverse Sexuality (SWK 669)

  

 

 

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

  • Turner, G. W., Pelts, M., & Thompson, M. G. (2016). Breaking taboos: The power of group work for first generation scholars. Social Work with Groups 40(1-2), 168-173. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2015.1069114

  • Pelts, M., Galambos, C. (under review). Intergroup contact: Using Storytelling to increase awareness of lesbian and gay older adults in long-term care settings.   

  • Pelts, M., Hrostowski, S., Cardin, S., Swindle, R. (In press) Using a life review to inform mental health services with older gay and lesbian veterans. Best Practices in Mental Health.

  • Pelts, M., & Albright, D. L. (under review). Physical health characteristics of student service members and veterans by sexual orientation.

  • Albright, D. L., Pelts, M., & Taliaferro, L. A. (under review). Use of college mental health services in a national sample of student service members/veterans. 

  • Turner, G.W., Pelts, M., & Thompson, M. (under review). Between the academy and queerness: Microaggressions in social work education.

  • Pelts, M., & Albright, D. L. (2015). An exploratory study of student service members/veterans’ mental health characteristics by sexual orientation. Journal of American College Health 63(7), 508-512. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.947992

 

Recent Presentations

 

 

  • Turner, G., Pelts, M., Thompson, M. Myers, L. (2017). The practical application of sexual literacy to social work. Presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

  • Pelts, M., Albright, D., Swindle, R. (2017). Physical health characteristics of student service members and veterans by sexual orientation (2017). Presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

  • Albright, D., Pelts, M., Bertram, J. (2017).  Use of college mental health services among gender minatory service member and student veterans. Presented at the 21st Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

  • Myers, L. Pelts, M., Thompson, M., Turner, G. (2016).  Sexual justice and social work in the United States: An intersection of social justice, microaggressions, and sexual literacy. Presented at: Transgressing Boundaries and the Intersection of Sexualities in Social Work Conference, Olten, Switzerland

  • Pelts, M. (2016). Using storytelling to increase awareness of LG older adults among care staff. Presented at the 62nd Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA

  • Bertram, J. Pelts, M., Albright, D. (2016). Transition: Supporting transgender service members and veteran students. Presented at the Fourth Annual Military Social Work Conference, Austin, TX

  • Pelts, M., Galambos, C. (2016). A study of Intergroup Contact Theory: Lesbian and gay older adults and long-term care staff. Presented at The Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA

  • Galambos, C., Craver, A., Pelts, M. Jun, S., Rantz, M. (2016). Living with Intelligent Sensors: Older adult and family member perceptions. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA

  • Freese, R., Pelts, M., Yu, M. (2016). Exploring healthcare needs and service options after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Presented at the 20th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference, Washington, DC