Adjunct Bios D-F

Lekeisha DawkinsLekeisha Dawkins, MSW, LCSW, CASAC, SAP New York

Adjunct Lecturer
ld447@nyu.edu

Professor Dawkins is a LCSW, who has been in the field of human Service for 19 yrs. embraced various, roles from line staff Clinician to managerial. In 2004, she earned a Master degree in the area of Social Work from New York University and BA in Psychology Lehman College in 1998. She has CASAC certification and OASAS NYS Impaired Driving Evaluator. In 2009, she received training at Yeshiva University for SIFI and mentored several Social Workers, CASAC and Mental Health Counselor interns. Mrs. Dawkins completed Post-Graduate coursework in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Mercy College in 2015. Lastly, she has trained at the Williamson Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis Program in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Dawkins is employed and serves as the Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center, Division of Substance Abuse Opioid Treatment program located in Bronx, New York. She operates in a dual capacity, Administrative and Clinical with hands-on involvement with the staff in providing direct substance treatment and medication assistance for addicted individuals, who manifest a wide range of problems related to the disorder, especially the dually-diagnosed (mental health & substance abuse). Mrs. Dawkins’s experience extends beyond her present role as a Site Director, as she have worked in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS, grant-funded programs, Grant Reviewer for SAMHSA, Drug addiction (inpatient & outpatient), teaching, worked with community-based programs for school age children with special needs, quality improvement/assurance auditor, which have all added to her foundation as a Clinician. Mrs. Dawkins thrives on the opportunity to bring the everyday clinical practice work to the classroom setting in order to cultivate students into clinicians.

Awarded: "The wholeness of Life Award" 5/2012- issued by the NYC Health Care Chapliancy from the Pastoral Care Department

Professional Affliations: NASW, Pajacam Inc.

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Kara Marie Dean-Assael, LMSW, DSW

Adjunct Lecturer
kara.dean@nyu.edu

Kara has been working with children and families for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping to create and disseminate programs and practices to improve family mental health. She has worked for the past several years on creating and testing a model to help children and families with behavioral difficulties, called the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families. She has trained clinicians and supervisors on how to utilize this model with children and families in their clinic settings. She currently works for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research where she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Education and Innovation Department and the Clinical Leader for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). As an innovator, she creates, coordinates, manages, and facilitates various clinical projects both locally and nationally. Two years ago, Kara also co-founded a 501c3 called Fareground Community Cafe, which is a collaborative project with the community of Beacon, NY, where children and families from the entire community can gather to enjoy a healthy meal that functions on a ‘pay what you can’ model.

Her interests are in family mental health, best practices in child outpatient mental health settings, food insecurity in the U.S., and community mental health.

She earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001. She has participated in many trainings and courses to further her education.

Publications:

Gopalan, G., Franco, L., Dean-Assael, K., McGuire-Schwartz, M., Chacko, A., and McKay, M. (2014). “Statewide Implementation of the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families”. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work. 11(1-2): 84-96. 

Mercado, M., Beharie, N., and Dean-Assael, K. (2014). “Examining the Association Between Food Insecurity and Children's Educational Outcomes”. Accepted Abstract for Society of Social Work and Research Annual Program Meeting, January 2014, San Antonio, Tx. 

Gopalan, G., Bannon, W., Dean-Assael, K, Fuss, A, Gardner, L, LaBarbera, B., and McKay, M. (2011). “Multiple Family Groups: An Engaging Intervention for Child Welfare Involved Families”. Child Welfare. 90(4): 135–156.

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Zoila Del-VillarZoila Del-Villar, MS, MA, EdD, CASAC

Adjunct Assistant Professor
zdv1@nyu.edu

Zoila A. Del-Villar earned her Ed.D. from the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Zoila’s research applies social justice education to the area of field practiucm within higher education. She uses her lived wisdom, knowledge and experience with social and cultural theories pertaining to race, racial formation and power relations to counter the dominate discourse in social work curricula at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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Dr. Ralph Depalo, PhD, LCSW

Adjunct Professor
rd96@nyu.edu

Dr. De Palo is the Director of Congregate Care for Archcare Senior Life PACE (Program All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Program, New York City.

His areas of expertise are in clinical practice with trauma, palliative care, and chronic and terminal illness. His current research is in neurobiology and Social Work Practice with autism spectrums and PTSD, particularly with veterans. He is on the scientific advisory boards of Global Stress Initiative, Stand for the Troops and The Huffington Post.

Dr. DePalo received a certificate in analytic psychotherapy from The Alfred Adler Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City chartered by The New York State Board of Regents. He received a full two year scholarship for his MSW studies from The National Institute of Mental Health in Gerontological Community Mental Health. He earned a Ph.D from the New York University Silver School of Social Work in 1997 after my scholarship from NIMH.

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Aida DialloAida Diallo, MSW, LMSW

Adjunct Lecturer
ad2460@nyu.edu

Aida Diallo is a Social Welfare and Policies professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the City College of New York and her Masters degree in Social Work at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.

Aida worked in case management in the New York’s foster care system where she successfully handled caseloads related to children’s welfare and participated in various meetings pertaining to the development and improvement of the New York foster care system.

Aida was also employed by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, as a licensed Master Social Worker, and was constantly in contact with clients in need and learned the deep implications of social welfare policies and its impact on service delivery.

Aida has taught Introduction to Social Work as well and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. She is currently the Supervising Family Case Manager at African Services Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated in assisting immigrants, refugees, and asylees from across the African Diaspora.

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Lily Ann DivinoLily Ann Divino, MSSW, MPH, LCSW (NY) LICSW (MA)

Adjunct Lecturer
ld2440@nyu.edu

Lily Ann M. Divino, LCSW, MPH is an administrator for adolescent health data management and school-based health social work for NYC Health+Hospitals. She is a bilingual/bicultural social worker and public health professional with 23+ years of experience in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, adolescents and families, Asian Pacific Islander health and mental health. She is focused on improving health outcomes and equity for marginalized groups. She co-founded Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC), a Filipino community health organization. Other areas of expertise include: community-participatory based research, coalition development, non-profit management, cultural sensitivity, program and evaluation planning.

She completed post-graduate training in Data and Analysis; Leadership, Management, and Governance; Policy and Programs; and Education and Workforce Development at Boston University School of Public Health. She received her MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and MPH from Mailman School of Public Health. Her BA is from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Robin Donath, MSW, LCSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor
rld5@nyu.edu

Robin Donath is a clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. She is also a mental health consultant at the JBFCS's Child Development Center. She teaches clinical practice classes at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in addition to teaching at the Silver School of Social Work. Her area of expertise is children and adolescents, with a focus on prevention through working with parents.

Robin is a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is also a graduate of the National Institute for Psychotherapy's Three-year Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity's One-year Post-analytic Training Program.

Select Publications:
Straussner, Naegle, Gillespie, Wolkstein, Donath & Azmitia. (2006). The SATOL project: An interdisciplianary model of technology for research-to-practice in clinical supervision for addiction treatment. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3(3-4),39-54.

Donath, R. (2010). When something more is too Much: The case of Paul. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 9(4), 141-150.

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Stacey DutilDr. Stacey Dutil, MSW, DSW, LCSW (NY)

Adjunct Lecturer
sd1678@nyu.edu

Dr. Stacey Dutil currently works full time as the Director of Counseling & Wellness at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She received both her MSW (2012) and DSW (2019) degrees from New York University. Previously, she worked as a school social worker and her area of study during her DSW program included adolescent traumatic and disenfranchised grief and the relationship between trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline from a Critical Race perspective. She is also a consulting editor for Children & Schools (NASW Press).

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Danielle EspositoDanielle Esposito, MSW, LCSW

Adjunct Lecturer
dhe213@nyu.edu

Danielle works as the Lead Social Worker at East Harlem Scholars Academy. She supervises social workers at the elementary and middle schools in addition to working with her caseload of individual, group and family counseling. She has expertise in working with children and their families who've experienced trauma. Danielle also oversees the implementation of trauma sensitive schooling through ongoing workshops and staff support.

Danielle actively engages in Anti-Racism work through the People's Institute of Survival and Beyond and continues this work in her school. Danielle has been a field instructor for years. She earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University and received a BA in Human Development from Boston College.

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Jaime A. Estades, Esq. MSW

Adjunct Lecturer
je211@nyu.edu

Jaime A. Estades is a Columbia University Adjunct Professor writer, labor and community activist has committed his life to advocacy, education, health and leadership training. In 1996, Jaime founded the Latino Leadership Institute, Inc. The Latino Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit nonpartisan corporation affiliated with the City University of New York, has trained hundreds of individuals on the fundamentals of campaign management and public policy. In October 2015, the Latino Leadership Institute was selected by the White House as one of the Bright Spots of Excellence in Education in the Hispanic Community in the United States. Jaime, who was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, received his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law, his Masters in Social Work from the Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work.

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Drena FagenDrena Fagen, MSW, MPS, LCSW, LCAT

Adjunct Assistant Professor
df509@nyu.edu

Drena Fagen is co-founder and the Director of Programs and Adult Services at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, a group practice specializing in the integration of creative arts therapies with best practice and evidence-based psychotherapy treatment.

Her area of expertise is in the use of art therapy with high-functioning adults in individual and group psychotherapy and corporate environments. She also specializes in educating social workers and other helping professionals on burnout and vicarious trauma through on-site workshops for community based organizations and on-going therapy groups. She has extensive experience developing and implementing social work-informed art therapy programs in foster care, juvenile justice, and other agency settings. She has received post-graduate training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and trauma-focused CBT.

Drena received a BA from the University of Florida, an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in creativity development and art therapy at the Pratt Institute in 2001, and an MSW from NYU in 2006. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).

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Christine FewellDr. Christine Fewell, PhD, LCSW, CASAC

Adjunct Professor
christine.fewell@nyu.edu

Christine Fewell teaches advanced practice and substance abuse classes at the Silver School of Social Work. She is co-coordinator and faculty advisor of the Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Focused Learning Opportunity and associate editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision.

Dr. Fewell has extensive experience working with people with substance abuse problems and their families and has published widely in this area. Other areas of interest include mentalization and its application to clinical practice, social work licensing, and ethical social work practice.

She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago, her PhD at the Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Select Publications:

Straussner, S. L., & Fewell, C.H. (Eds.). (2011). Children of substance-abusing parents: Dynamics and treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.

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Molly FisherMolly Fisher, MSW, LCSW (NY)

Adjunct Lecturer
mbf249@nyu.edu

Molly Fisher, LCSW is the Director of Program Innovation and Education for Inspir Senior Living. In the field for over 15 years, Molly has spent her career working to educate and improve best practices within organizations, focusing on improving clinical skills in all staff, despite their background, and ensuring the community served is provided the opportunity to improve overall health and wellness, emotionally, mentally, & physically. In her current position, Molly is able to work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team providing education, resources, and support to older adults, their families and care professionals. Molly has had variety of clinical positions, starting her work in New York City on the Bowery serving the homeless then shifting to community health work focusing on substance use and mental health, ultimately finding a home in the on medical wellness and aging community. Molly received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington DC, and went on for her Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Molly finds her most rewarding work has been teaching professionals and paraprofessional staff clinical techniques to improve the quality of services being provided within the populations they serve.

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Rachel FosterRachel Foster, Esq., JD

Adjunct Lecturer
rf86@nyu.edu

Rachel Foster is Campaign Director for New Abolitionists, a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. She is a Founding Co-Chair and Executive Council Member of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition working to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has been an advocate at the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women and Sanctuary for Families, a community organizer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and a senior staff attorney and Board Officer at Brooklyn Legal Services, and a Board Member of the Citizens Committee for Children, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Arts and Ideas in Motion, and Community Board Two. Rachel received the New Yorkers Who Make a Difference Award from United Neighborhood Houses for her work representing disenfranchised New Yorkers. She is the President of Heights Advisors, a real estate firm, and a Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, an animal shelter and adoption center.

Fighting Exploitation-Foster helps coordinate efforts to stop human trafficking

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Monroe FranceMonroe France, MA in Higher Education, MA in Cultural Studies in Education

Adjunct Lecturer
mf60@nyu.edu

Monroe France is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University. Monroe has over 20 years of experience as a professional trainer, educator, faculty member, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter. His areas of research and courses include, social justice education, intergroup dialogue, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, class, global social justice, and gender and sexaulity. He has implemented, and managed social justice and human rights education programs, nationally and internationally. Monroe’s expertise in anti-oppression and social justice work has led to his appearing on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, regular radio interviews and presenting keynote addresses at national conferences and universities across the globe. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Communication. Monroe currently serves on the board of trustees for the OutRight International and has received numerous honors and accolades, including New York University’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award, the 2014 Trailblazer Award from re:gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women) and the 2016 National Association for Student Personal Administrators’ Diversity Achievement Award.

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Dina Franchi, MSW, LCSW-R (NY)

Adjunct Lecturer
df102@nyu.edu

Social Work Manager of the Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. My focus is on health and mental health with an emphasis on infectious diseases, trauma and substance use/abuse. I am also the Project Director of a Harm Reduction Program for people who are HIV positive and currently using substances. Focus of this program is the use of CBT, Evidence Based Interventions, Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing. In addition I Coordinate the Social Work Graduate internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Care. I received my Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.

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Efrat Shoshana FridmanDr. Efrat Shoshana Fridman, MSW, DSW, LCSW

Adjunct Lecturer
esf311@nyu.edu

Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College, teaching addictions and gender studies. Clinical Social Work professional with 18 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions, specializing in female drug use, with an emphasis on drug-addicted and dual-diagnosed women and families. Founder of the first single gender Day Center for addicted women, in Israel. Industry workshop leader to Mental Health and Addictions professionals. Presenter at "Lisbon Addictions 2017" conference. Presenter at CCSAD conference, September 2019.

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Ellen FriedmanDr. Ellen Friedman, MSW, PhD, LCSW (NY)

Adjunct Associate Professor
ef8@nyu.edu

Consultant/Supervisor Lower East Side Service Center, Private Practice - Supervision. Expertise in Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling, trained in Mindful Meditation and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Awarded the Make a Difference Award by NYS Commissioner of Substance Abuse. MSW- Hunter Silberman, PhD NYU. Secretary - Stop Stigma.

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Mathylde FrontusDr. Mathylde Frontus, BSW, MSW, MA, MTS, PhD, LMSW (NY)

Adjunct Lecturer
mkf2036@nyu.edu

Dr. Mathylde Frontus is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies that serve non-profit organizations and other neighborhood institutions. Avant-Garde Consulting offers capacity building services and technical support, and Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources offers mental health consultation.

From 2004-2016, Dr. Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a multi-service agency in southern Brooklyn. During her tenure at UNS she also founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence: the Coney Island Coalition Against Violence and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative.

Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from New York University; her M.A. from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University; her M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School; and her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work.

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