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PhD Program Candidates on the Market

We are proud to present this year’s upcoming and recent doctoral graduates from New York University’s 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.


Shelly Ben-David

Shelly Ben-David

Shelly Ben-David, LMSW, is a PhD Candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work with over 7 years of experience in mental health research. She completed her Masters of Science at Columbia University School of Social Work. Prior to joining NYU Shelly worked at the Center of Prevention and Evaluation (COPE) clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) at Columbia University. At the COPE clinic Shelly’s role included coordination of research studies for youth at risk for developing psychosis, evaluation and diagnosis, as well as database management and grant writing. Since beginning her PhD at NYU she has received specialty training in mixed method research and intervention research with young people with serious mental health challenges. Overall, Shelly aims to build knowledge to address the unmet needs of marginalized populations of adolescents and young adults with mental health challenges, in particular those in the early stages of psychosis.

Highlights:

  • Grant: 2016 Doctoral dissertation grant (Fahs-Beck Scholar), Fahs-Beck Fund II for Research and Experimentation at The New York Community Trust
  • Publication: Ben-David, S., Cole, A.R., Spencer, R., Jaccard, J., Munson, M.R. (In Press). Social context in mental health service use among young adults. Journal of Social Service Research
  • 2016 SSWR Presentation: Ben-David, S., Munson, M.R., Jaccard, J. (2016). Global Comparison of Predictors of Suicide Ideation in Youth.

Ideal Academic Institution: Shelly is interested in a tenure-track assistant professor position at a university with high priorities on research and new faculty support and mentorship; a university that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and a university committed to diversity.

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Andrea Cole

Andrea Cole

Andrea Cole, LCSW completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Virginia and her MSW at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She has over 10 years of experience in mental health and developmental research. Andrea’s background in conducting evaluations with and providing mental health treatment to trauma survivors both in New York City as well as Malawi, Africa piqued her research interest in understanding the impact of macro-level traumas, including community violence, on young adult mental health and functioning. She has received specialized training in mixed methods and intervention research, structural equation modeling, and grounded theory analysis. Building on the topic of her dissertation, Andrea hopes to conduct future mixed method and implementation research designing and testing interventions to help youth and young adults cope with traumatic experiences in their community.  

Highlights:

  • Publication: Cole, A.R., Kim, H., Lotz, K., & Munson, M. (in press). Exploring the perceptions of workers on young adult mental health service (dis)engagement. Social Work in Mental Health.
  • Presentations: Cole, A.R.& Munson, M.R. (2015). Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Community Violence and PTSD in Young Adults. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA.
  • Awards: 2015 Diane Greenstein Memorial Fellowship for Outstanding Dissertation Proposal, New York University Silver School of Social Work ($5000)

Ideal Academic Institution: Andrea is most interested in a tenure-track assistant professor position at a university that has a strong research infrastructure and offers new faculty support and mentorship in building their research program.

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Jane J. Lee, LMSW

Jane Lee

Jane J. Lee, LMSW is a PhD Candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work and a pre-doctoral research scientist at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. Jane received her Master’s of Science in Social Work at Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame (summa cum laude). Her research interests include health disparities, the intersection of migration and sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Highlights:

  • Publication: Guilamo-Ramos, V. Lee, J., Jaccard, J. (in press). Parent-adolescent communication about contraception and condom use. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(1).
  • Award: National Association of Social Workers- New York City Chapter, 8th Annual Emerging Social Work Leader Award (2014)
  • Grant: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of AIDS Research; Mental Health Research Dissertation Grant to Increase Diversity (R36); Enhancing HIV Testing among Disengaged Immigrants: Contextual and Opportunity Structures; Principal Investigator

 

Ideal Academic Institution:Research focused social work school with strong research support and commitment to diversity.

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Viktor Lushin

Viktor Lushin

Viktor is an inter-disciplinary social work and health behavior researcher with a dual background in social work and medicine/public health. He is in the concluding phase of his Ph.D. training (ABD) in the Doctoral Program at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Viktor's strong expertise in behavioral science and child/adolescent health and welfare is complemented by his firm knowledge of epidemiology and integrated health, including integrated care for the elderly, received at Ivan Pavlov Medical School in St. Petersburg, Russia. He brings a rich intellectual platform for robust research productivity and a unique multicultural perspective on health and social policy systems.

Highlights:

  • Grant: Co-Principal Investigator: Shaping Educational and Health Trajectories among Inner City Youth. Grant # G-USDS-20141535, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation - Citi Foundation. Additional funds from New York City Council FY16 Discretionary Funding. Duration of the study: July, 2015 to July, 2016. Approximate amount of awards: $750,000 (direct costs).
  • Developed novel measurement instrument: Behavior-Specific Parental Self-Efficacy Scale. The instrument was incorporated in the NIH-funded study, Underage Drinking among Latino Adolescents. Grant No. 5R01AA016212-03 National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse.
    PI: Dr. James Jaccard
  • Paper: Guilamo-Ramos, V., Jaccard, J., Lushin, V., Robles, G., Lee, J., & Quiñones, Z. (2013). Emotions and cognitions as correlates of early adolescent sexual behavior in the United States and Dominican Republic. AIDS and Behavior, 17 (3), 961-75.

Ideal academic Institution: A university with high priorities on research, supportive of junior faculty’s research agendas; A university with vibrant interdisciplinary intellectual life where researchers of various formal backgrounds are encouraged to interact and jointly address intellectual problems from multiple angles.

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