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Emma Miller, MSW, LCSW

Emma Miller


College of Health and Human Sciences

Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 8281.227.3333
Office: 193 Health and Human Sciences Building


Emma Miller, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BWHET) Project Coordinator. Related to integrated care, she served as a Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Consultant to approximately 50 primary care medical practices in western NC, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority and a hospital management firm, as well as for local, regional and state projects. Though her experience has been culturally competent across disability areas, multidisciplinary, and has afforded her a lifespan perspective in many service settings, of note is her work in six pediatric practices as a Developmental and Behavioral Health Consultant where she implemented inventive integrated models. Pertaining to pediatrics, she provided health promotion, prevention, and early intervention with children and youth with special health, behavioral and transition needs, and their families. In addition, she has held two positions in medical social work and has had other responsibilities in primary and specialty care. Additionally, she has been involved with the development of a Health Home and population based care at Vaya Health, a managed care organization. Besides writing a training for physicians and a protocol for a primary care practice, she served on a NC Institute of Medicine Task Force and is listed as an expert in Integrated/Collaborative Care on the NASW-NC website. Lastly she provided preconception through age five services for children/parents/families, training for professionals, and parenting products on an international scope, and has served on nonprofit boards including an international one.


  • MSW, Western Carolina University
  • BA, SUNY at Binghamton

Teaching Interests

Integrated Healthcare<br>Interprofessional Education and Practice<br>Behavioral Health Workforce Development<br>Health Promotion, Prevention, Early Intervention<br>Lifespan Development and Transitions<br>Positive Psychology<br>Infant Mental Health (ages prenatal through five)

Research Interests

Preconception, Pregnancy, Prenatal Bonding, Birth<br>Bonding and Attachment; Nurturing<br>Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers<br>Infant Mental Health (ages prenatal through five)<br>Parent-Child Dyad<br>Parenting<br>Families, Family-Centered Care, Family Support<br>Lifespan Development and Transitions; Resiliency, Post-Traumatic Growth<br>Health Promotion<br>Prevention<br>Early Intervention<br>Positive Psychology<br>Integrated Healthcare<br>Medical/Health Homes<br>Interprofessional Education/Practice/Research<br>Behavioral Health Workforce Development<br>Behavioral Health Systems Alignment and Capacity Building<br>Creating Sustainable Value in Healthcare<br>Human Potential, Spirituality, Transcendence

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