Greg Merrill

Greg MerrillGREG MERRILL is the director of field education at the School of Social Welfare.

Merrill's overarching professional interests have to do with how agencies select, deliver, and maintain the integrity of models of care that help the populations served obtain the intended benefits.

Specific interests and experiences include evidence-informed practice; motivational interviewing; trauma-informed care; intimate partner violence/domestic violence; anxiety disorders; integrated behavioral health; cognitive-behavioral therapy; assertive outreach and clinical case management; family adjustment to disability; criminal justice system; group work; program management; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations; vicarious trauma; and competency-based clinical supervision.

As a consultant, Merrill's projects have included providing advanced motivational interviewing training and coaching to systems of care including county child welfare, mental health, and health systems; developing and implementing a curriculum on vicarious trauma for providers; and developing and implementing trainings for clinical supervisors on holding the integrity of the agency's culture and practice model.

Office: Haviland 313

Phone: (510)-643-6397


Research / Expertise

  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Intimate partner violence/domestic violence
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Assertive outreach and clinical case management
  • Family adjustment to disability
  • Criminal justice system
  • Group work
  • Program management
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender populations
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Competency-based clinical supervision


  • Domestic Violence, Assessment and Intervention (SW 250X)
  • Direct Practice in Health Settings (SW 245)
  • Field Integration Seminar (Health) (SW290/292)
  • Capstone Course in Health and Gerontology (SW 298)
  • Motivational Interviewing (265M)
  • Introduction to Multi-Level Practice (SW 241)

Expanded Publications

Kelly, V., Merrill, G., Shumway, M., Alvidrez, J., & Boccellari, A.  (2010). Outreach, engagement, and practical assistance:  Essential aspects of PTSD care for urban victims of violent crime. The Journal of Trauma, Stress, and Violence, 11(3), 144-156.

Alvidrez, J., Shumway, M., Boccellari, A., Kelly, V, & Merrill, G.  (2008). Reduction of state victim compensation disparities through active outreach and assistance: A randomized trial. American Journal of Public Health, 98(5), 882-888.

Alvidrez, J., Shumway, M., Kelly, V., Merrill, G., Smart, S., Gelb, M., Okin, R., & Boccellari, A. (2008).  Which low-income urban crime victims use trauma-focused case management and psychotherapy services? Journal of Loss and Trauma, 12, 288-302.

Boccellari, A., Alvidrez, J., Shumway, M., Kelly, V., Merrill, G., Gelb, M., Smart, S., & Okin, R. (2007). Characteristics and psychosocial needs of victims of interpersonal violence identified at a public-sector hospital: Data from a large clinical trial. General Hospital Psychiatry, 29, 236-243.

Merrill, G., & Wolfe, V. (2000). Battered gay men: An exploration of abuse, help seeking, and why they stay. Journal of Homosexuality, 39(2), 1-30.