Dr. Marissa Yingling

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Marissa E. Yingling is an Assistant Professor in the Kent School of Social Work. She earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Marshall University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Since 2004, Dr. Yingling has worked with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families in home-, community-, and university-based settings. Through her research, she is dedicated to evaluating and enhancing access to treatment for the estimated 1 in 68 children with ASD.

 In 2014, Dr. Yingling launched a collaborative effort with the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) to examine racial and neighborhood disparities in access to early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) in a unique Medicaid waiver. She also examines access to other key services, such as speech-language, occupational, and physical therapy. Furthermore, she has conducted research on the delivery of parenting interventions for children with ASD as well as the historical role of social work in the treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Yingling teaches undergraduate level courses in social work practice and is a Field Faculty for students working with individuals with disabilities and young children. She works hard to create student-driven, applied courses. She believes how students perform in class is a reflection of what will transpire in practice, and she challenges students to set high expectations. Dr. Yingling aims to ensure that students leave her classroom with an enhanced capacity for critical thinking and lifelong learning. She draws upon her experience working with government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the development, evaluation, and implementation of programs, nonprofit management and resource development, and social service delivery.