Renee Michelsen

Clinical Associate Professor and Northeast Regional Coordinator, Field Education

Major health care systems expert, focusing on palliative care and hospices

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Renee Michelsen
Phone:  +1 213.821.0914
Rank:  Clinical Field
Department:  Adult Mental Health and Wellness
Assignment:  VAC

Renee Michelsen

Clinical Associate Professor and Northeast Regional Coordinator, Field Education

Major health care systems expert, focusing on palliative care and hospices

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Biography

Renee Michelsen MSS, LCSW, is an associate clinical professor and regional field education coordinator for the Virtual Academic Center. She is part of the national field faculty team in the Virtual Academic Center (VAC). Prior to coming to USC, Michelsen served as the director of field education and taught at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She received her Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research in 1984. Michelsen earned her LCSW in 1991 and holds the LCSW credential in New Jersey and Delaware.
Michelsen has held leadership positions in two major health care systems spanning a 25-year career in medical social work prior to entering academia. She directed multiple geriatric grant-funded programs in New Jersey and served on the New Jersey State Commission on Aging. She was the director of social work for a large hospice organization and has a post-master’s certification in palliative and end-of-life care from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. In 2007, she won the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization award for Hospice Clinical Director of the Year.
Her first academic appointment as an adjunct was at the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1996. She taught in the Continuing Education program at Rutgers, presenting topics in the areas of aging, disabilities and health care, from 1992 to 2007.  Michelsen served as the Director of Field Education at Ruther’s School of Social Work from  2007- 2012.

Education

Bryn Mawr College

MSS 1984

University of Delaware

BS 1982

Area of Expertise

  • Community and Family Services
  • Adults Aging
  • Healthy Aging

Industry Experience

  • Public Policy
  • Health Care - Providers
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education/Learning
  • Research
  • Writing and Editing
  • Health Care - Facilities
  • Health Care - Services

Affiliations

  • Trustee, Board of Directors New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Organization (NJHPCO)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Accomplishments

Hospice Clinical Director of the Year
2007 Awarded by the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization