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Donna McNelis

Donna McNelis, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Administration & Faculty Development; Director, Behavioral Healthcare Education


Department: Psychiatry

Education

  • PhD in Administration - Nova Southeastern University
  • BSN and MS, Rutgers University

Awards & Honors

  • Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence in Dual Diagnosis (MI/IDD) (2017)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • NAMI-Montgomery County, President, Board of Directors
  • NADD, Immediate Past President
  • Consultant, PA DHS/OMHSAS

Postgraduate Training / Additional Certifications

  • CPRP, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
  • NADD-CC, NADD Clinical Certification

Donna N. McNelis, PhD, a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, began her career as a clinical specialist in a state psychiatric hospital. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with children and adolescents, adult addiction recovery services, and specialized groups such as persons with mental illness and mental retardation. She developed one of the first programs for dual-diagnosed adolescents in the mid-Atlantic region. Her current areas of clinical interest include co-occurring disorders, serious mental illness, and child and adolescent disorders and accreditation/certification for IDD/MI.

Donna N. McNelis, PhD, is professor and vice chair of administration and faculty development in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is also director of Behavioral Healthcare Education.

Dr. McNelis provides professional interdisciplinary continuing education, and staff development and consultation to providers and practitioners across the nation. Her current interests include co-occurring mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities, co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders, psychopharmacology for non-medical practitioners, child-focused issues and program management. Dr. McNelis has worked with the PA Department of Human Services on Veterans’ focused care and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).

Leadership Roles

Director: “Yesterday, Today and the Future:  New Horizons in Forensic Services”
25th Annual PA Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference, Drexel/PA Department of Corrections, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 29-30, 2017

Education chair: “Connections” 
Rehabilitation Community Providers Association Annual Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania,  October 10-12, 2017

Director: “Current & Future Trends: Broadening Our Perspective in Rehabilitation”
24th Annual PA Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference, Drexel/PA Department of Corrections, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 30-December 1, 2016

Chair: “RCPA On the Move”
Rehabilitation Community Providers Association Annual Conference, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 9/27-30/16.

Director: “Renewing & Reviewing Approaches to Criminal Justice and Mental Illness”
23nd Annual PA Forensic Rights and Treatment Conference, Drexel/PA Department of Corrections, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, December 1-3, 2015

Chair: “Leading the Way”
Rehabilitation Community Providers Association Annual Conference, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, October 7-10, 2015

Research Overview

Dr. McNelis served as co-principal investigator of a planning grant for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC), funded by Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration awarded to PA Health and Human Services/Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, 2015-2017 (no-cost extension 2017, 33% effort). She was also co-principal investigator for the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency, PA Mental Health Procedures Act, co-submitted by Drexel University Department of Psychology and Disability Rights Network of PA, 2010-2014 (10% effort).


Contact Information


Practice Office

Drexel Psychiatry
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Friends Hospital, Scattergood Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: 215.831.4055
Fax: 215.289.1463

Academic Office

Behavioral Healthcare Education
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Scattergood Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: 215.762.6923
Fax: 215.289.2165