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Marilyn Ghezzi

Clinical Associate Professor

Marilyn Ghezzi


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 563-C

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6490

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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.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Primary Program

MSW Education



Research and Professional Interests

Clinical Social Work
Psychotherapy Integration
Criminal Justice


Specialty Mental Health Probation Project

Recent Publications

Statewide mental health training for probation officers: Improving knowledge and decreasing stigma

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Clinical Case Consultation with Specialty Mental Health Probation Officers: Specification of a Key Implementation Strategy

Training and Consulting with Specialty Mental Health Probation Officers: The Role of Social Work

Peer versus Professional Support Group Leadership: Key Considerations

DSM-5: Ethical Implications

Borderline Personality Disorder: What’s New in Treatment?


SOWO 840

Adult Mental Health Theory and Practice

SOWO 767

Differential Diagnosis

SOWO 853

Brief Treatment

SOWO 766

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

SOWO 765

Social Work Practice with Groups