Quinnipiac University
Emily McCave

Professor of Social Work

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 $100,000 for national and local suicide prevention efforts.
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  • 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


  • Social Work

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Interim Associate Chair

Hamden, CT

2018 - 2019

Quinnipiac University

Associate Professor

Hamden, CT

2016 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Acting Director

Hamden, CT

2015 - 2015

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor

Hamden, CT

2013 - 2016

WV Healthy Start/HAPI Project

Program Evaluator

Morgantown, WV

2013 - Present

Family Service and Guidance Center

Outpatient Clinician

Topeka, KS

2004 - 2005

Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center

Outpatient Clinician

Waterville, ME

2004 - 2004

Good Will Hinckley

Youth Services Clinician

Hinckley, ME

2003 - 2004

St. Louis Arc

Developmental Service Professional

St. Louis, MO

2003 - 2003

Selected Publications

Utilizing Change Leadership Within Social Work Education to Prioritize and Expand Interprofessional Education in a University Setting: A Case Study

McCave, E.L., Mutrie, L., Doyle, M.H., Jacobson, S., Kelly, A.

20(2) Advances in Social Work 497-514 Summer (2020)

Promoting Affirmative Transgender Health Care Practice Within Hospitals: An IPE Standardized Patient Simulation for Graduate Health Care Learners

McCave, E.L., Aptaker, D., Hartmann, K.D., Zucconi, R.

MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources December (2020)

Using standardized actors to practice social work skills: Measuring impact on competency

Jacobson, S.; Mutrie, L.; Kelly, A.; McCave, E.

Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO, Council on Social Work Education (2019)

“We need social work!”: Responding to the call for social work leadership and participation in interprofessional education within a university setting.

McCave, E., Jacobson, S., Mutrie, L., Kelly, A, and Doyle, M.

Advances in Social Work (2019)

Promoting Affirmative Transgender Healthcare Practice within Hospitals: An IPE Standardized Patient Simulation for Graduate Healthcare Learners

McCave, E., Aptaker, D., Hartmann, K., & Zucconi, R.

MedEdPortal: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources (2019)

IPE Escape Room

McCave, E.


Using standardized actors to practice social work skills: Measuring impact on competency.

Jacobson, S., Mutrie, L., McCave, E., Kelly, A.

Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO, Council on Social Work Education (2019)

Depression and Suicide Prevention 101.

McCave. E.L.

Talk given for foster care parents at Community Residence Incorporated, Inc. , Newington, CT (2018)

Childhood Grief

McCave, E.L.

Continuing Education Training provided to clinical staff of the Children’s Center of Hamden, Hamden, CT, Children's Center of Hamden (2018)

Promoting affirmative transgender healthcare within hospitals: An IPE standardized patient simulation

McCave, L.; Hartmann, K., Aptaker, D., & Zucconi, R.

Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, FL (2018)

Developing a sustainable model for institutionalizing interprofessional health care across pre-professional programs: A complex leadership paradigm

Hartmann, K.; Bernard, A., Copes, L., McCave, E.L., & Myrick, K.

The Collaborating Across Borders VI, Banff, Canada (2017)

Second Annual Symposium in Mental Health Awareness. Undoing False and Destructive Myths: The Connection between Mental Illness and Gun Violence.

McCave, E.L.

Panelist for community symposium hosted at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Hamden, CT, Unitarian Society of New Haven (2017)

Professional Designation