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Michelle Boone-Thornton, Ed.D, QMHP-C

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    Michelle Boone-Thornton, Ed.D, QMHP-C

    Assistant Professor of Human Services

    Dr. Boone-Thornton teaches in the Undergraduate and Graduate Human Services programs. Her career with Saint Leo began as an adjunct professor in 2015 and became full-time in 2017. Michelle enjoys integrating her 25 years of experiences as a practitioner in the field of mental health into the classroom. Michelle's professional background includes community and school-based services as well as residential treatment and detention programs. She has been employed with; Hampton Newport News Community Services Board, numerous non-profit and for-profit agencies, and served as the Director of Children's Services for Riverbend Center for Mental Health in North Alabama. Michelle's certifications include, Qualified Mental Health Professional, Specializing in child services by the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a therapeutic foster parent. She currently provides respite care and foster parent training. She is an advocate for vulnerable populations and is actively engaged in efforts to empower and uplift members of the community. As a result, Dr. Boone-Thornton has earned her several awards and recognition. In 2018, she was awarded the Christopher Newport University Distinguished Alumni Award for Community Service. At Saint Leo University she was awarded the Excellence in Service Award for the 2017-2018 academic year in recognition of service to her students, local communities, and the university. In 2014, Dr. Boone-Thornton received the City of Hampton Leadership award and was coined by the Mayor. Michelle is a member of the Natasha House Board of Directors- a residential program for homeless women and their children. She was appointed in 2017, to represent the City of Hampton on the Virginia Peninsula Alcohol and Safety Policy Board where she chairs the personnel committee and serves as secretary. She is a member of NOHS, Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society; serves on several university committees, and is a Human Services Club Faculty Advisors.


    • Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Doctor of Education: Educational Psychology, 2008
    • Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA Master of Arts in Urban Education Guidance and Counseling, 2001
    • Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA Bachelor of Social Work minor in Sociology, 1999

    Courses Taught

    • HUS 311- Research and Methods I Qualitative
    • HUS 312- Research and Methods II Quantitative
    • HUS 340- Group Skills in Human Services
    • HUS 345 Social Policy for Human Services
    • HUS 410 Human Services Administration
    • HUS 423 Field Placement Module I
    • HUS 424 Field Placement Module II
    • HUS 550 Advocacy and Policy Analyses