Meri Stiles, Ph.D., M.S.W., LIC.S.W.

Psychology and Human Services
Associate Professor
  Vail 417

I’ve had some diverse careers before joining the Lyndon faculty in 2007.  After completing my undergraduate degree I became a general manager of a ski and snowboard shop.  When running the shop lost its challenge for me, I decided to go back to school to study social work.  Returning to school after a 10 year absence was not easy, but as I found out, social work was a perfect fit for me.  I worked as a clinical social worker treating children, adolescents, and families in a community mental health agency and later, in a psychiatric hospital.  Meanwhile, I was completing work in a Ph.D. program, teaching in a School of Social Work, and raising a daughter.  When I think about it now, I know the reason I’ve been successful at any of these undertakings is due to the support I received from teachers, family, and friends.

I think it’s a privilege to teach in the disciplines of Psychology and Human Services because I understand the importance of having ethical, knowledgeable, and skilled professionals in the field.  At Lyndon we have small classes so professors have opportunities to individually mentor students.  I enjoy working closely with students, getting to know them, and helping them figure out what job to take or what graduate program to apply to after graduation.  Helping students to grow in their knowledge, skills, and confidence is rewarding.


Intro to Psychology, Human Interaction, Intro to Human Services, Intro to Substance Abuse, Field Work, Field Work Seminar, Human Services Internship, Macro Perspectives in Human Service, Mental Health Issues with Children and Adolescents, Interventions for Health Behavior Change


  • Ph.D.,  Social Welfare University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Buffalo, NY
  • M.S.W., University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Buffalo, NY
  • B.A., Organizational Communication, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Areas of Interest

  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Treatment Manual Development
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions


Selected Presentations

Stiles, M. Impact of Secondhand Substance Use Effects Among Rural College Students. 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, Tampa, Fl, January 15, 2011.

Stiles, M. & Rice, C.   Latino Cultural Values in a Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse. 20th International Union Health Promotion Education (IUHPE) World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland, July 15, 2010.

Stiles, M.  Rural College Student Perceptions on Factors Impacting Substance Use

Behavior. 34th Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Duluth, MN, July 28, 2009.

Stiles, M.  Substance Use Protective Factors in a National Multi-Racial/Ethnic Sample of Adolescents. 13th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA, January 16, 2009.

Dermen, K. H., Stiles, M., Fabiano, J. A., Augustino, D.K. & Ciancio, S. G. Issues Pertaining to Oral Health Behavior Motivation Among Alcoholic Inpatients. IADR/AADR/CADR 85thConference, New Orleans, LA, March 22, 2007.

Stiles, M.  Adolescent Substance Use Risk and Protective Factors: A Preliminary Magnitude of Effect Study.  10th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX, January 13, 2006.


Stiles, M. (2009). Therapeutic Community Treatment Provider Manual. Culturally Congruent Latino Residential Treatment Pilot Study. Center for Research on U.S. Latino AIDS/HIV       and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA). Miami, FL: Florida International University.

Stiles, M. (2004). Florida Clinical Consulting Treatment Improvement Resource Manual

(resources section only). State of Florida Clinical Consulting Treatment Improvement Project. Miami, FL: Florida International University.

Professional Affiliations

Society for Social Work Research

National Association of Social Workers

National Rural Social Work Caucus

International Union for Health Promotion and Education

International Association for Community Development