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DSW Program Committee and Core Faculty

The NYU Silver DSW program is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty renowned for their clinical, theoretical, policy, and research expertise. The faculty serves in leadership roles in professional organizations, scholarly journals, national research committees, and task forces. Core DSW faculty include:

Carol Tosone, PhD, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work and Director of the DSW Program in Clinical Social Work at NYU Silver, and recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. She is editor-in-chief of the Clinical Social Work Journal, a distinguished scholar in the National Academy of Practice in Social Work, and recipient of the Postgraduate Center Memorial Award in recognition of clinical excellence.
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Theresa Aiello, PhD, MSW, MS, Retired Associate Professor of Social Work, teaches Social Theory and Clinical Practice for the DSW Program and is Director of the Post-Master's Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice at NYU Silver. She received the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000, and she was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Social Work as distinguished practitioner.
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Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, is Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver and teaches a variety of courses in the MSW and PhD programs. Her most recent book is Doctoral Education in Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2012). She is past president of NASW and recipient of CSWE’s Award for Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education.
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Stacey Barrenger, PhD, AM, is Assistant Professor of Social Work, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research Faculty Fellow, and Affiliated Faculty of NYU College of Global Public Health. Her teaching areas include social determinants of health, human behavior in the social environment, qualitative research methods, and policy.
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Robert Hawkins, PhD, MA, MPA, is McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies and Assistant Dean and Director of the Undergraduate Program at NYU Silver. He conducted research with low-income families in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, engaged in in-depth studies with single mother-led households, and led international work in poor communities in the Philippines. Dr. Hawkins received the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015-2016.
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Linda Lausell Bryant, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of the Undergraduate Field Learning Program, and Katherine and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence. Her areas of expertise include: child welfare practice, policy and program development, college-going among foster care youth, adolescent development, teen pregnancy prevention, development of parenting competencies in teen parents, conflict resolution and mediation, clinical practice with Latino youth and families, poverty, child well-being, nonprofit management and leadership for social work professionals, and family and macro-systems change.
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Jennifer Manuel, PhD, LMSW, is Assistant Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research. She is on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She was recently awarded a NIDA Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) to adapt and pilot test an assertive outreach and linkage program, Critical Time Intervention.
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Michelle R. Munson, PhD, MSW, is Associate Professor of Social Work, with professional interests in mental health services research and intervention development and testing. Her areas of expertise include mental health services and interventions research, influence of adult role models, service use decisions, and transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations. Saul Z. Cohen Chair in Child and Family Mental Health and Director of the NYU Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Group.
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Judith Siegel, PhD, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Programs in Child and Family Therapy and Advanced Diagnosis and Assessment at NYU Silver. She is widely published in the areas of couples treatment and the application of neurobiology to social work practice.
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Victoria Stanhope, PhD, MSW, MA, is Associate Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver and teaches policy and research courses in the MSW program. Her area of interest is mental health services and her research, which is funded by the National Institute for Mental Health, focusing on client and provider relationships, person-centered care, and implementation.
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S. Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver. She is also Director of the School’s Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Approaches to the Addictions. Dr. Straussner is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions and was the 2013-14 Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.
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Jerome Wakefield, PhD, DSW, is University Professor and Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver, as well as Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He is affiliate faculty and advisory board member, NYU Center for Bioethics; affiliate faculty, NYU Center for Ancient Studies; advisory board member, NYU Humanities, Initiative; and honorary faculty, NYU Institute for Psychoanalytic Education.
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