We are proud to present this year’s upcoming graduates from New York University Silver School of Social Work. Our candidates have received personalized mentoring and cutting-edge research opportunities throughout their doctoral training, positioning them to be top social work scholars and leaders in the field. The following doctoral candidates are seeking academic appointments.
PhD Program Candidates on the Market
Mimi Choy-Brown, LMSW, is an emerging mental health services and implementation science researcher with over a decade of clinical practice experience and expertise in recovery-oriented practice (e.g., Housing First, Person-Centered Care Planning). She has training in large-scale NIMH-funded effectiveness trials, intervention development, and state-of-the-art qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods. She received her MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. Mimi was awarded a two-year NIMH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-doctoral (F31) fellowship to support her dissertation research examining supervision as an implementation strategy to improve provider adoption of evidence-based practice. Embedded within a randomized controlled trial of person-centered care planning (PCCP), her sequential explanatory mixed methods study has sought to examine real world supervisory leadership and strategies for translating and improving provider adoption of PCCP, which is an emerging evidence-based practice (EBP). The overarching goal of her research is to advance knowledge and contribute theoretically grounded implementation strategies to support the realization of US policy mandates for recovery-oriented, evidence-based practices in behavioral health services. Mimi’s next steps are to develop and test a theory-based implementation strategy targeting the supervisory mechanisms found to improve provider adoption of EBP and maximize this already embedded strategy for practice quality. In the areas of mental health services and implementation research, Mimi has contributed to the literature including first-authored papers in leading mental health services journals and presentations at national conferences including the NIMH Mental Health Services Conference and the Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation. Mimi was awarded the Diane S. Greenstein Memorial Fellowship for her dissertation proposal and a leadership award for her service as the President of the Doctoral Student Association from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Mimi is committed to social work practice quality through education and research agendas. She has taught courses in clinical social work practice and health and mental health.
- Grant: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-doctoral (F31) fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health
- Publication: Choy-Brown, M., Stanhope, V., Tiderington, E., & Padgett, D. (2015). Unpacking clinical supervision in transitional and permanent supportive housing: Support or scrutiny? Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research, 43(4), 546-554. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-015-0665-6.
- Presentation: Choy-Brown, M., Stanhope, V., Matthews, L., & Doherty, M. (2017, January) Clinical Supervision: A Key Factor for Organizational Readiness for Change Among Behavioral Health Service Providers. Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.
Hanni Flaherty, LCSW, CASAC, is a PhD Candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work and is expected to graduate May 2018. Hanni has completed her Master of Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Prior to returning to NYU for her PhD, Hanni practiced clinical social work for 10 years specializing in adolescent high risk behaviors. Hanni’s research interests are in the areas of clinical social work practice and social work education. Her main research focus is mental health treatment for children, adolescents, and families. Her dissertation research focuses on examining factors that may facilitate the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices for mental health clinics serving youths. Hanni’s academic training, research and years of clinical social work experience has uniquely positioned her to be an effective teacher of social work education and a researcher informed by her rich clinical experience.
- Publication: Flaherty, H. B. (2017). Treating Adolescent Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Review of Psychosocial Interventions to Guide Clinical Practice. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-11.
- Publication: Acri, M., Bornheimer, L., Jessell, L., Flaherty, H. & McKay, M. (2016). The impact of caregiver treatment satisfaction upon child and parent outcomes. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 21(4), 201-208.
- Presentation: Flaherty, H., Bornheimer, L. A., Hamovitch, E., Garay, E., Mini, M., Acri, M., & McKay, M. (2018, January). An Examination of Provider Characteristics and Views about Evidence-Based Practices. Oral presentation at the annual Society for Social Work Research, Washington, D.C.
Tyrone M. Parchment, LCSW, is a PhD Candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work with 10 years of direct practice and applied research experience working with ethnic and racial minority populations and families. He received his MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, formerly Hunter College School of Social Work, in 2008. His professional background encompasses administration, field instruction, mental health, program planning and development, research and teaching. Tyrone works on various federally and foundational funded projects focused on family strengthening in the US and Africa. Since beginning his PhD at NYU, he has received extensive training in community-based research, mixed methods, quantitative methods and intervention research with children, adolescents and families. His research interest focuses on understanding and exploring the role male caregivers/fathers play in preventing and reducing negative behavioral and mental health outcomes for children and families. His long-term goal is to develop theoretically grounded, evidenced-based father-focused interventions. Upon completing doctoral studies, Mr. Parchment’s career trajectory is to be an independent researcher in an academic institution and leader in service designs of behavioral health for families with an emphasis on engaging male caregivers.
- Awards: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Minority Fellowship Program – Doctoral fellowship for individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work and dedicated to reducing the effects of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by increasing the number of individuals who are trained to work with underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
- Publications: Parchment, T. M., Small, L, Osuji, H., Bhana, A., & McKay, M. (2016). Familial and contextual influences on child pro-social behavior: South African caregivers as adult protective shields in increasing child mental health. Global Social Welfare: Research Policy & Practice, 3(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s40609-016-0042-8.
- Presentations: Parchment, T.M. & Evans, T.J. (2015, June 30). Fathers Matter: Engaging Fathers in Early Childhood Programs. Oral presentation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Region 2 Celebrating Fatherhood 2015 Looking Ahead: A Brighter Future for Fathers and Families, New York, N.Y.