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Premela G. Deck

Doctoral Candidate
Part-time Faculty

Premela Deck JD, MSW, LCSW, is a forensic social worker, family law attorney, and doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Premela’s research focuses on high conflict families, resist and refuse dynamics, parent competencies, and forensic social work during separation and divorce.

Her current research projects include the development and psychometric testing of a high conflict measurement tool for divorcing parents of minor children; evaluation of the empirical evidence for conducting remote child custody evaluations; and interprofessional collaboration between legal and social work professionals.

Premela’s research is supported by her experience as a family law attorney and former clerk to the Supreme Court of North Carolina, as well as her forensic social work direct practice. She employs a number of interventions for high-conflict families including parent coordination, custody evaluations, and group psychoeducation.

She has taught courses on program evaluation, social welfare policy, macro practice, and research methods at the graduate schools of social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Boston College, and Bridgewater University.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MSW, Springfield College School of Social Work
JD, Western New England University School of Law
BA, Mount Holyoke College

Certifications

JD
MSW
LCSW
Certificate in Child & Family Forensics

Research and Professional Interests

High Conflict Families
Separation and Divorce
Family Law
Child Custody
Interprofessional Collaboration

Principal Investigator

The development and psychometric testing of a high conflict measurement tool for divorcing parents of minor children
Social work field placement in a law school clinic: An exploratory study

Recent Publications

Deck, P.G. (2016). Law and social work: Reconciling conflicting ethical obligations between two seemingly opposing disciplines to create a collaborative law practice. 38 W. New Engl. L. Rev.

Klein, L. B., Graham, L. M., Treves-Kagan, S., Deck, P. G., DeLong, S. M., & Martin, S. L. (2018) Leveraging data to strengthen campus sexual assault policies. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518798351

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Deck, P.G., Brigham, R., & Zerden, L. Social work field placement in law school clinics: Models, benefits, and dilemmas. CSWE (2020)

Rabiner, S., Deck, P.G., & Gilliam, C. School suspension and expulsion in public schools. SSWR (2019)

Courses

SOWO 570

SW Practice with Organizations and Communities

MSW