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Melissa Dittberner

Melissa Dittberner


McKusick Technology Center 211

Phone: (605) 658-6140



Highly organized, goal-oriented, passionate individual with the drive to make a difference. Over seven years of teaching and research experience in higher education?. A team player with over 11 years of experience and leadership in harm reduction, prevention, grassroots nonprofit, grant evaluation. My mission: to help people learn to help themselves.

Teaching Interests:

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

Research Interests:

My research interests are: college substance use, sex trafficking, adult pedagogy, SBIRT, Telehealth 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


  • I Have Narcan, Do You?, South Dakota Department of Social Services. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2021 - 2022)
  • State Opioid Response, Department of Behavioral Health. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2019 - 2021)

Awards and Honors:

  • Honors Sample Syllabi, National Collegiate Honors Council, 2021
  • School of Health Sciences Early Career Teaching Excellence Award, University of South Dakota, school of Health Sciences, 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


  • Dittberner, Melissa. Addiction Student's Significant Learning. Presented at the 2021 Symposium on Substance Use Research. (November 2021)
  • Dittberner, Melissa. Prevention and Motivation. Presented at the I'm Not Drunk, I Have MS, Denver, CO. (August 2021)
  • Dittberner, Melissa. Stigma and Addiction. Presented at the ECHO Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. (June 2021)
  • 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.