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Melissa Dittberner

Melissa Dittberner


McKusick Technology Center 211

Phone: (605) 658-6140


Teaching Interests:

I am very passionate about drug and alcohol prevention, helping skills and telehealth technology. I enjoy teaching cognitive approaches to educational psychology.

Research Interests:

My research interests are: college substance use, sex trafficking, adult pedagogy and ECHO.


  • Ph D, Counseling and Psychology in Education, USD, 2018
  • MA, Addiction Studies, University of South Dakota, 2014
  • BS, Addiction Studies, University of South Dakota, 2012

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Functional Movement Techniques Basic, Sanford Sports Physical Therapy
  • Post-Secondary Teaching, USD Graduate School and the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Certified Prevention Specialist, BAPP
  • Advanced Muscular Therapy for the Low Back, Pelvic Girdle & Thighs, Sioux Falls Therapeutic Massage and Education Center
  • Prevention Specialist , BAPP


  • State Opioid Response, Department of Behavioral Health. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2019 - 2021)

Awards and Honors:

  • Honors Sample Syllabi, National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
  • Open Textbook Fellowship, CTL/USD, 2020
  • Course Design Fellowship, USD, 2019
  • Open Textbook Fellowship, USD/ CTL, 2019
  • Course Design Fellowship, USD, 2018
  • Course Design Fellowship, USD, 2017
  • Course Design Fellowship, USD, 2016
  • Course Design Fellowship, USD, 2015


  • Wendel, Tasha, Williams, Katie, Dittberner, Melissa. Significant Learning. Presented at the Teaching and Prevention: Promoting Adaptability, Resiliency, and Sustainability, Online. (March 9, 2021)
  • Wendel, Tasha, Williams, Katie, Dittberner, Melissa, Cassanova, Tallie, Kassin, Katie. Screening and Prevention.