Claudia Oberweger Frank, MSW '88
Claudia Oberweger Frank is a licensed psychotherapist who has specialized in addiction and other behavioral compulsions for more than 25 years, exploring their origins and how to facilitate long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families.
Claudia is credentialed in Alcoholism Counseling and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and ARISE Intervention and Continuum of Care, which allows her to assist people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress, addiction, depression, relationship problems, family issues, problems of aging, illness, grief and loss, and more. Claudia received her Bachelor of Arts in 1969 from Washington Square College. During her undergraduate days, Claudia dreamed of becoming a counselor and making a difference in people’s lives. She taught at Marymount College, volunteered at Smithers Alcoholism Treatment Center and worked at the Freedom Institute, a revolutionary alcohol rehabilitation center started in the 1970’s. In order to fully realize her dream, Claudia pursued a Master of Social Work degree graduating from the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University in 1988. After receiving her masters, Claudia returned to work first as a counselor and then as the Clinical Director at The Freedom Institute. In her over 13 years there, she helped restore the lives of hundreds of patients and their families. Claudia has served on the boards of The Little Orchestra, Big Sisters of NYC and is currently Chair of the Pearl Theatre.
Claudia is gracious, warm and an active supporter to her alma mater. As of today, beginning with the establishment of the Claudia Mann Oberweger scholarship in 2001, more than 25 students have been able to pursue their dreams of becoming clinical professionals in social work.
As a member of the Deans Advisory Council, joining in 2003, Claudia has made significant contributions to meetings, hosted networking events and made thank you calls to philanthropic alums. In private practice since 1992, her successful consulting and psychotherapy practice in New York is committed to the mental health and well being of her clients.
Claudia is married to Yitzchak Frank, a Pediatric Neurologist and professor in Clinical Neurology and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She has two sons, Alexander Oberweger and Timothy Oberweger, and three (almost four) grandchildren.