2011 Alumni Awards

Distinguished Service to the School Award

Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos

Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos, MSW '77, PhD '85  

Dr. Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos conducted research in the areas of mental health, delivery of care to Hispanic children and families, and mothers’ cultural child- rearing values. In the field of health, she examined the role of social work, interdisciplinary team training, and the delivery of care to persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. She received awards for her work from NASW-NYC/Latino Social Work Task Force, the Florida Movement Disorder Society, and the Puerto Rican Family Institute. A member of the School’s faculty since 1985, Dr. Gonzáles-Ramos was a dedicated teacher and mentor. She was also an adjunct associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. Recently, she oversaw the program development for social work, educational, and community-based programs at the NYU Langone Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center. She also served as assistant director and faculty on Allied Team Training for Parkinson, a national interdisciplinary program providing specialty training in Parkinson’s disease for physicians, nurses, and allied health workers, including social workers.

Jeffrey Seinfeld

Jeffrey Seinfeld, PhD '87

Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld joined NYU’s faculty just after completing his doctorate. Dr. Seinfeld’s professional areas of interest included object relations theory, social philosophy, and existential philosophy. He received international recognition for his contribution to object relations theory. He served as chair of the School’s human behavior and social environment area from 1998 to 2001, and was re-elected chair of the human behavior area in 2010. Dr. Seinfeld taught classes in human behavior and the social environment, and practice, at the MSW and PhD levels. Last January he began teaching a new post-master’s certificate program in spirituality, which he helped develop. Beloved by students and alumni, he was awarded the New York University Distinguished Teachers Medal in 1997. Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Seinfeld was a clinical social worker and clinical supervisor at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (Bronx office) from 1976 to 1987. He later served as a consultant to the organization. He was also chairperson and a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force, and conducted seminars and in-service training programs on child therapy, depression, and the multi-problem family. Dr. Seinfeld was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Clinical Social Work Society, and the Council on Social Work Education.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Jack B. Stein

Jack B. Stein, MSW '84

Jack B. Stein possesses over 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, community and professional educator, policy analyst, and research administrator. Currently, he is chief of the Prevention Branch at the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the Executive Office of the President. In this capacity, he is involved in national and international policy design and implementation to reduce the impact of drug use and its consequences. Prior to ONDCP, Dr. Stein served for four years as the director of the Division of Services Improvement at The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Stein began his Federal career at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Stein has authored several book chapters, professional training curricula, and journal articles related to bridging research and practice. His works have been published in the Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, and The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Dr. Stein served as volunteer leader with the National Association of Social Workers as the chair of its HIV/AIDS Task Force and as a regional representative for the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification.

Shirley Jones

Shirley J. Jones, MSW '64

Shirley J. Jones has served as a distinguished service professor at the University of Albany from 1993-2001, and as the founder and director of the US-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project from 2000- 2009. She currently holds a lecturer position at the University of Albany. Dr. Jones served as dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1978-1988. Dr. Jones has authored and edited several books and publications, including Preparing Helping Professionals to Meet Community Needs: Generalizing From the Rural Experience—Alexandria, Virginia. Council on Social Work Education, Sociocultural Service Issues Related to Rural Families—Albany, New York: Rockefeller College Press, and The Nature of Housing: Implications for the Welfare of the Black Child—Black Caucus. National Association of Black Social Workers. Dr. Jones has served as a consultant and panelist for numerous organizations including, Tobler Research Associates, Inc.; Jackson State University; Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government; Dept. of Health and Human Services (Atlanta, GA, and Washington, DC); and The United Nations Housing, Planning and Building Center in New York. Dr. Jones has facilitated and presented at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, The XII World Congress of Comparative Education Society’s Conference on Educational and Social Justice in Havana Cuba; The Living Knowledge Conference at the Levin Institute for Ireland in Europe in Leuven, Belgium; and the International Schools of Social Work Conference in Montreal Canada, among many others.

Samuel Rosenberg

Dr. Samuel Rosenberg, MSW '86

Dr. Samuel Rosenberg is currently dean at The School of Social Science and Human Services in Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is the recipient of several grants including the Ramapo Foundation Grant in Community Mental Health (2002) and the Ramapo College Special Budget Research Grant (2003). Dr. Rosenberg has written and edited several books, including Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century. NY: Brunner- Routledge, with a second edi- tion scheduled to be published next summer. His scholarly publications have appeared in The American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, and The Journal of Sociology Social Welfare. Dr. Rosenberg is an experienced presenter at national and university conferences, including The Council on Social Work Education, The New York State Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, The National Association of Social Workers, Hunter School of Social Work, and Fordham University.

Making a Difference Award

Jane Bram

Jane Eisner Bram, MSW '79, PhD '00

After volunteering for the Lighthouse for the Blind in the 1970's, Dr. Jane Eisner Bram decided that her future career lay in the social work profession. After many years in private clinical practice, she returned to NYU again to earn her PhD in social work with a dissertation entitled "Gender Related Differences in Analysts’ Personalities and Approaches to the Treatment of a Male Patient." Dr. Bram continues to work as a psychotherapist in private practice with an office in Manhattan. She is a board member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Development, a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and a member of the Society of Clinical Social Work Psychotherapists. Dr. Bram is a volunteer with the New York Disaster Counseling Coalition. She is on the editorial board of the Clinical Social Work Journal, and was on the camp commission for the Eisner Camp. Dr. Bram has been awarded the NYU Alumni Association’s Meritorious Service Award, and has also been an active supporter of the United Jewish Appeal, the American Jewish Committee, and Bennington College. Beyond her NYU degrees, Dr. Bram is also a graduate of the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Dr. Bram’s generous support of the School helped establish its current center on Washington Square North. She has also been a key supporter of faculty research, student scholarships, and helping to enhance the School’s psychopharmacology curriculum. Dr. Bram is a member of the Dean’s Council as well as an NYU Trustee Associate and member of the Sir Harold Acton Society.