Marilyn Ghezzi, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She received her BA and MSW from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before joining the faculty in 2008, Ghezzi worked for 20 years as a clinical social worker in the public mental health system. She uses her practice experience and mental health expertise to enrich her teaching in the MSW program in courses that cover an array of mental health topics, including mental health theory and practice, group work, brief treatment, dialectical behavior therapy, and differential diagnosis. Ghezzi is also involved in social work research as a co-investigator on the Mental Health Specialty Probation study. As part of her work on this project, she provides training and consultation to the Specialty Mental Health Probation Officer programs throughout North Carolina. This novel approach to probation and reducing recidivism uses probation officers with mental health training to offer an individualized, treatment-oriented approach to supervising probationers with mental illness. Ghezzi frequently presents her work at state and national social work conferences.
Ghezzi has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and recognition as the “Most Outstanding Faculty Member” by the graduating classes of 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019. In addition, Ghezzi was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction — an honor given to only four professors each year who are selected from the entire UNC-Chapel Hill system.