September 5-8, 2024 | Cape Cod, MA |
Dr. Michelle P. Cooke (also fondly known as Shelly) earned her master degree in psychology from Boston University and doctoral degree in clinical psychology and clinical health psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, now known as William James College. In May 2021, she also obtained a masters degree in business administration with a specialization in health care management from Capella University. Dr. Cooke has worked with adults across the lifespan with co-morbid mental and medical illnesses in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the past 10 years. Dr. Cooke has facilitated long term individual and group therapy focusing on substance use disorders, medication management, anxiety, mindfulness and meditation, depression, chronic pain, grief, death and dying well. A majority of her training and employment during her time in Boston, MA was working for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as the Suboxone Clinic Director at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital as well as the Clinical Director of the in-patient substance use disorder program called Paving the Way. Dr. Cooke relocated to Charleston, SC in 2017 and focused on geriatric behavioral health and bedside care in long term care and assisted living facilities. Since September 2019, she has been the Behavioral Health Medical Director for a managed care organization where her focus is to improve quality and access to behavioral health to all South Carolina Medicaid recipients. Outside of her employment duties, she is the current President of the South Carolina Psychological Association and has served on the board in multiple capacities since January 2018. In July 2021, she was awarded Charleston's Business Review 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes professional success and community involvement of 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors in Charleston, SC. Lastly, Dr. Cooke has served on the executive planning committee of CCSAD & WCSAD since September 2017. Dr. Cooke is a licensed psychologist and licensed substance use counselor in both MA and SC.