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Student Milestones and Accomplishments

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Jeanine Costley

Jeanine has been promoted to Vice President of Transitional Services at ICL where she provides oversight for five programs, including homeless Veterans, at-risk homeless clients, and the single women's shelter. Learn more about ICL »


Efrat Fridman


Efrat Fridman

Efrat Fridman has contributed to the newest edition of Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice, by N.K. Phillips and Silver School Professor Dr. S. Lala Straussner. Efrat co-authored the chapter titled "Substance Use by Urban Children" with Dr. Straussner.


Lena Green


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - New York City Chapter has honored Lena Green, a current Silver School DSW student, with its Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Award for her outstanding leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in New York City. Former Silver School Dean and Professor Lynn Videka and Director of the Silver School DSW Program Carol Tosone nominated Ms. Green for this distinction noting, "Ms. Green embodies all of the exceptional qualities associated with NASW leadership recipients. She consistently demonstrates these attributes in professional and academic settings." READ MORE »

Lena Green is currently serving her second term as board member for the New York State NAACP, as a member of the executive board. From 2014-2016 she was chair of their Black History Month Committee, and for the past 3 years she served on the Women's History Committee.

David Katzenstein


David Katzenstein 

David Katzenstein has contributed to the newest edition of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1336505, as a co-author of the article "Twice Silenced: The Underreporting of Child Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities" with Lisa Aronson Fontes.


Steven Kuchuck

Steven Kuchuck

Steven Kuchuck was appointed President-elect of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) for the 2017 term, and will become President in January 2018. This is the first time a social worker has been chosen for this position.

Steven Kuchuck, LCSW, Wins Gradiva Award in 2015 and 2016

For the second straight year, DSW student Steve Kuchuck has won a Gradiva Award, this time in the category of Best Edited Book for The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor, co-edited with Adrienne Harris. Steve also won the 2015 Award for his book Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional.

The Gradiva Awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for the best published, produced, or publicly exhibited works that advance psychoanalysis.

Mr. Kuchuck is a member of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) Board of Directors; editor in chief of NIP's journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives; co-director of curriculum, supervisor, and adviser for NIP's Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis & Comprehensive Psychotherapy; and instructor for the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

The New York Times Opinionator: Disaster-Zone Therapy

By Steven Kuchuck

Three years ago, Hurricane Sandy hit our area hard. My family, in downtown Manhattan, was relatively lucky; we didn’t lose our home or sustain any injuries. But without running water, plumbing, heat or electricity in our apartment — and with no promise of a quick return of those services — it wasn’t clear how viable it would be to remain at home. The office where I practice psychotherapy fared no better.


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Amy Lemen

Amy has been promoted to the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. She is now a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine. Learn more about NYU School of Medicine »


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Anna Morgan-Mullane

Anna's dedicated work as vice president of mental health services at Children of Promise has been recognized in a BBC article where she was quoted: "Saving Black Children from Suicide" »


Meredith Rudin

Meredith Ruden  

Meredith will be teaching at both the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently developing a new mini course for NYU Silver on spiritually integrated clinical practice, which will incorporate assessment of spiritual issues to standard intake and propose strategies that address spiritual distress in the context of healthcare setting and coping with physical illness. She will be teaching clinical case evaluation at Columbia in the fall.


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Gita Thadhani Receives New Writer’s Fellowship from the Family Process Institute

The New Writer’s Fellowship supports the development of new scholars who will advance systemic theory, research, and practice grounded in a commitment to social justice. Ten fellows are selected to participate in a full-day writing workshop taught by Dr. Evan Imber-Black, former editor of Family Process and a well-published author. The purpose of the workshop is to help participants shape a developing manuscript for submission to Family Process or other journals. Participants will receive both individual feedback on their work from Dr. Imber-Black and small group consultation. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet the Family Process Institute Board of Directors. Learn more about the Family Process Institute »