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The Carruth Center is open, but most of our clinicians are working remotely. We are only seeing psychological and psychiatric emergencies in person at this time. For information about counseling options available to students located in West Virginia as well as students currently outside of the state, please see our COVID-19 updates page.

Missy Pforr, M.S.W.

Director of Student Assistance Program/Counselor


B.S. in Physical Education, West Virginia University

M.S.W, West Virginia University

Licensure Status

Licensed Social Worker in West Virginia


Integrative specifically to fit the client’s needs utilizing solution focused and strength based, MET, mindfulness, and client centered approaches.


Substance abuse, self-compassion, mindfulness, identify development, diversity, psychoeducation, and teaching.


Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from West Virginia University. While studying to get my masters degree in Social Work, I was working full time at an in-patient alcohol and other drug rehabilitation center for adolescents. It was during this time that I developed a passion for working with individuals with alcohol and other drug concerns and addiction. During my 20 years of experience at WVU, what I have enjoyed the most is aiding students in discovering how their substance use has impacted their overall well-being. I work with students who may be self-referred, mandated by the legal system, or sanctioned by the university conduct process. I strive to provide students with more positive coping strategies to empower them to make healthier choices so they can experience success while here at WVU.

I serve as a Program Coordinator/Counselor for the Student Assistance Program within Carruth where I have developed all alcohol and other drug treatment/program requirements for students who have experienced a related infraction. I oversee administrative responsibilities for SAP, coordinate the psychoeducational groups, and supervise Masters Trainees. I have taught several community health promotion courses at WVU and serve on numerous committees throughout the University, Morgantown community, and the state of WV. I currently teach Introduction to Addiction Studies for the Department of Counseling.

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