Melanie English, PhD, MSW - Professional Experience and Academic Background

Melanie English, PhD, MSW
Professional Experience & Academic Background


PhD - Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology - 1999-2007
Department of Clinical Psychology
School of Psychology, Family and Community        
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

MSW - Master’s in Social Work - 1997-1999
Walla Walla University
Walla Walla, Washington

BS - Developmental Psychology - 1993-1997
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA

Relevant Professional Work History

Parenting Evaluator and Guardian Ad Litem - 2008—present
Child Custody Evaluations and Family Mediation Services, 16840 Bothell Way NE, Suite F, Lake Forest Park, WA  98155.  Practice includes parenting evaluations for dissolution, modification and third party custody cases in King and Snohomish counties, Guardian Ad Litem appointments, post decree case management services, out of county home studies, adoption home studies including pre and post-placement reports, professional consultation, family law mediation and expert testimony.  Evaluated over 850 parenting/family law cases.

Social Worker/Parenting Evaluator - 1998-2008
Family Court Services, King County Superior Court, Seattle Washington.   Responsibilities included conducing and writing comprehensive domestic violence assessments, parenting plan evaluations, family risk assessments, CPS status reports, adoption confirmation and consents, providing family law mediation services and expert testimony regarding family dynamics, divorce, domestic violence, child development and attachment, mental health issues, family law, sexual abuse and substance abuse.  

Domestic Violence Advocate - 1995-1997
YMCA, Spokane, Washington.  Experience and training in domestic violence advocacy services, safety planning, resources and counseling.

Clinical and Therapeutic Practicum Experience

Research Vertical Team Participant - 2005-2007
Seattle Pacific University.  Participated in weekly consultation meetings regarding psychology research topics, ethics, laws, current literature, professional and academic writing and research/dissertation development.

Clinical Psychology Practicum Supervisor - 2002-2004
Sound Mental Health, Seattle, Washington.  Supervised 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students.  Reviewed psychological evaluations and provided professional and clinical consultation regarding mental health issues, substance abuse and psychological testing to master’s level practicum students.  Completed student evaluations regarding clinical, professional and scholastic competency and performance.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern - 2002-2004
Sound Mental Health, Seattle, Washington.  Interned as a child and adult therapist and clinician.  Responsibilities included psychological testing (including cognitive, achievement, personality, disability, and ADHD assessments), consultation and written diagnostic treatment plans, mental health and suicide/risk assessments and individual therapy.  Trained in paperless billing procedures including use of medical coupons.  Over 2,000 hours completed, including 500 direct contact hours with clients and approximately 150 hours supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Practicum Student - 2001-2002
Sound Mental Health, Seattle, Washington.  Provided therapy services, psychological testing, mental health intakes, presentations and consultations to staff and other doctoral and master’s level students.  Over 300 hours completed and approximately 150 hours supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist. 

Teaching Experience

Instructor - 2005-2008
King County Department of Judicial Administration, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Instructor.  Responsibilities included teaching attorneys and legal staff about forensic and clinical services from Family Court Operations and an overview of the Family Law Department at King County Superior Court. 

Instructor - 2001-2006
Family Court Services Parenting Seminar, "What About the Kids?"  Topics discussed include legal, social and emotional aspects of divorce and its affects on children, developing a parenting plan, family law procedures and RCW’s, effective communication, conflict resolution and a review of local resources.


Presenter - 03/24/15
"Parenting Plans-Complex Parenting Plan Issues." King County Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 02/25/15
King County Bar Association Title 26 Guardian Ad Litem Training, “Investigations.” Seattle WA.

Presenter - 10/14/14
"FCS and Beyond: The role of child custody evaluators outside of the court."  King County Superior Court Family Court Services workshop, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 09/04/14
"Making the Most of Your Client's Parenting Evaluation."  Family Law CLE Speakers Series, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 12/16/13
"Handling Divorce for Clients Over 50" CLE workshop, the National Business Institute (NBI),  Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 07/30/13
"Family Law From A to Z" CLE workshop, the National Business Institute (NBI), Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 05/03/13
"Preparing Clients for Parenting Plan Evaluations." King County Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 04/16/13
Washington Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Third Annual Conference.  “Best Practice Standards for GALs" workshop, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 12/18/12
“Practical Aspects of Parenting Evaluations” Washington State Bar Association CLE, Seattle WA.

Presenter  - 12/15/11
"Parenting Plans and Evaluations." Washington State Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 09/15/11
"Effective Use of Parenting Evaluations in Divorce" CLE workshop, the National Business Institute (NBI), Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 08/30/04
King County Council.  Invited to speak about the variety and importance of children’s services in the court and the emotional and litigious stress resulting from divorce and the need of continued support and resources for parents. Seattle, WA.

Presenter - 2001-2004
Sound Mental Health.  Various presentations to staff and intern students on psychological testing procedures, cases, mental health and forensic topics.  Seattle, WA.

Publication contributions

Collins, Lois (2014, March 17).  "How raising kids within routines boosts social and emotional health."  Deseret News National Edition, p. 2 and 3.

Collins, Lois (2014, April 2).  "Preventing broken marriages from breaking kids."  Deseret News National Edition, p. 3.

Professional Training - 1998-present
Over 550 hours of training and advanced workshops on advanced issues in parenting evaluations, alienation, domestic violence, providing testimony, attachment, risk factors, high conflict divorce and family issues, case management and parent coordination, ethics, family law, substance abuse, secondary trauma, professional report writing and more. 

Other Relevant Experience
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Training and King County GAL training.

Professional memberships in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  I am presently a member of the Washington State Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serving on the board of directors as well as the practice standards committee of that chapter.

Office Directions & Contact Information

Melanie English, PhD, MSW
16840 Bothell Way NE, Suite F
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Phone: 206.465.6112 • Fax: 206.268.0107

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