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Michelle Sunkel

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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Houston Hall 221A



DSW, Doctor of Social Work, Capella University
MBE, Consortium of European Partner Universities
MSW, San Diego State University
BS, Lincoln University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Addiction Counselor


Michelle Sunkel, DSW, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lincoln University and went on to earn her Master of Social Work from San Diego State University and a Master of Bioethics from a Consortium of European Partner Universities: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands; and Universita degli Studi di Padova, Italy. Additionally, she completed her Doctor of Social Work from Capella University. Sunkel is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and the Director Field Education within the Social Work Program. She teaches Introduction to Social Work, Social Work with Diverse Populations, Social Work Ethics, Legal Aspects of Social Work, Social Work Research Methods and Field Practicum Seminar. Sunkel coordinates and supervises all social work practicums.

Sunkel research interests include culture, mental health, eating disorders and ethics. She is also a co-advisor to the Social Work Club and encourages students to engage in service projects, volunteering, leadership positions and activism to integrate social work values and enhance professional growth.

Sunkel brings more than 10 years clinical experience to Colorado Mesa University. She has extensive social work experience in medical social work specializing with trauma, mental health, addictions and crisis interventions. Sunkel also has experience working with populations in the criminal justice system, special education programs in primary and secondary education, inpatient residential programs and outpatient programs. Sunkel continues to work as a clinician in the community, specializing in crisis interventions.