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Dennis Miehls, M.S.W., Ph.D.


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A social work practitioner and academic, Dennis Miehls has broadly published in the areas of relational theory, individual and couple therapy, supervision, neurobiology, social work identity and issues of racism and clinical practice.

His current work focuses on neurobiology, social work supervision, and couple therapy. He is the co-author of two textbooks As co-author with colleague Kathryn Basham, Miehls has published a text entitled Transforming the Legacy: Couple Therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma that examines a phase-oriented couple therapy practice treatment model that is grounded in social, psychological and biological theories. With co-authors Eda Goldstein and Shoshana Ringell, Miehls has also published a text entitled Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice: Relational Principles and Techniques. With co-editor, Jeffrey Applegate, Miehls has published an edited text entitled Neurobiology and Mental Health Clinical Practice: New Directions, New Challenges.

Miehls has worked in a variety of clinical settings in mental health, health care and currently has a private practice in Northampton, Mass., specializing in long-term individual and couple therapy.

At Smith, Dr. Miehls is the chair of the Human Behavior in the Social Environment Sequence and a member of the Ph.D. program faculty and a research advisor.


Ph.D., Smith College School for Social Work

M.S.W., Wilfrid Laurier University

B.A., University of Western Ontario

Professional Interests

Selected Publications

Miehls, D. & Applegate, J. (Co-Editors). (2015). Neurobiology and Mental Health Clinical Practice: New Directions, New Challenges. New York: Routledge Publishers.

Miehls, D. & Haggerty, L. (2015). Functional exercise training aimed to enhance well-being in middle school aged students. International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 5(2). 19-30.

Miehls, D. (2014). Neuroscience Insights that Inform Clinical Supervision. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 84(3). 367-384.

Miehls, D. (2014). Neurobiology and Clinical Social Work. In J. Brandell (Ed.). Essentials of Clinical Social Work, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishers.

Miehls, D. (2011). Racism and its effects. In A. Gitterman & N. Heller (Eds.). Mental Health and Social Problems: A social work perspective. New York: Routledge Publishers.