Faculty Profile

Emily McCave

Emily McCave

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Associate Professor of Social Work


BSW, Juniata College
MSW, Washington University
PhD, University of Kansas
Areas of expertise

Game-based learning
Global Issues
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Suicide prevention
Mental Health/Behavioral Health/Psychology/Psychiatry

Generalist Field Education Practicum II

Spring 2020

Issues of Diversity and Oppression

Spring 2020

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities

Spring 2020


Social Work

Phone Number

(203) 582-8909

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Emily McCave, PhD, MSW, LMSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Quinnipiac MSW Program. She areas of teaching include beginning direct practice with individuals and families; cultural humility and anti-oppressive social work, social welfare and social policy; theories of human behavior; and serves a field liaison for students in their first year field placements.

Emily McCave's professional background was focused on providing mental health treatment to individuals, families, and groups in residential and community based mental health organizations. She specialized in working with children with trauma. Her scholarship areas have focused on the importance of prevention and public health approaches to social work, promoting sexual and reproductive health, providing affirmative practice to LGBTQ populations, and innovations in interprofessional healthcare education. She regularly supervises medical students in their capstone research projects who have similar research interests. She also serves as the program evaluator for the WV Healthy Start Program, whose goal is to reduce infant mortality.

Outside of her work as a professor, she is a certfied Mental Health First Aid trainer and regularly provides training both within the university and in surrounding communities. Emily McCave is the former President of the Southern CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In that capacity, she coordinated the Hamden Out of the Darkness Walk for three years, with the last year raising over $1000,000 for national and local suicide prevention efforts.

Quinnipiac University

2018 – 2019

Interim Associate Chair

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University

2016 – Present

Associate Professor

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University

2015 – 2015

Acting Director

Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University

2013 – 2016

Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project

2013 – Present

Program Evaluator

Morgantown, WV

Family Service and Guidance Center

2004 – 2005

Outpatient Clinician

Topeka, KS

Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center

2004 – 2004

Outpatient Clinician

Waterville, ME

Good Will Hinckley

2003 – 2004

Youth Services Clinician

Hinckley, ME

St. Louis Arc

2003 – 2003

Developmental Service Professional

St. Louis, MO

McCave, E., Jacobson, S., Mutrie, L., Kelly, A, and Doyle, M. , “We need social work!”: Responding to the call for social work leadership and participation in interprofessional education within a university setting. Advances in Social Work (2019).

McCave, E., IPE Escape Room (2019).

McCave, E., Aptaker, D., Hartmann, K., & Zucconi, R. , Promoting Affirmative Transgender Healthcare Practice within Hospitals: An IPE Standardized Patient Simulation for Graduate Healthcare Learners MedEdPortal: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources (2019).

Jacobson, S.; Mutrie, L.; Kelly, A.; McCave, E., Using standardized actors to practice social work skills: Measuring impact on competency, Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO, Council on Social Work Education (2019).

McCave, E.L. , Childhood Grief, Continuing Education Training provided to clinical staff of the Children’s Center of Hamden, Hamden, CT, Children's Center of Hamden (2018).

McCave. E.L. , Depression and Suicide Prevention 101. , Talk given for foster care parents at Community Residence Incorporated, Inc. , Newington, CT (2018).

McCave, L.; Hartmann, K., Aptaker, D., & Zucconi, R. , Promoting affirmative transgender healthcare within hospitals: An IPE standardized patient simulation, Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL (2018).

McCave, E.L. , Second Annual Symposium in Mental Health Awareness. Undoing False and Destructive Myths: The Connection between Mental Illness and Gun Violence. , Panelist for community symposium hosted at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Hamden, CT, Unitarian Society of New Haven (2017).

Hartmann, K.; Bernard, A., Copes, L., McCave, E.L., & Myrick, K. , Developing a sustainable model for institutionalizing interprofessional health care across pre-professional programs: A complex leadership paradigm, The Collaborating Across Borders VI, Banff, Canada (2017).

McCave, E.L. , Teaching interprofessional practice skills by “Saving Humanity”: An innovative IPE curricular method using a cooperative strategy board game., 7(2) Collaborative Health Care: Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Evaluation Newsletter 5-7 (2016).

McCave, E.L. , Teaching interprofessional practice skills by “Saving Humanity”: An innovative IPE curricular method using a cooperative strategy board game, Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education (JCIPE) conference (2016).

Adult MHFA Trainer


Certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainer, August 2015 - Present.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)


April 2015 – Present