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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dwight Panozzo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bergen County, New Jersey. He is interested in Countertransferential effects of the therapist sharing their belief system with clients. Dr. Panozzo earned his MSW from Hunter College in 1990, his Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NJ Center for Modern Psychoanalysis in 2000, and his PhD from New York University in 2011.
Advocating for an end to reparative therapy: Methodological grounding and blueprint for change. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 25(3):362-377, 2013.
Child care responsibility in gay male parented families: Predictive and correlative factors. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:248–277, 2015.
Lessons from Reparative Therapy Applied to Post Abortion Grief Counseling. Journal of Homosexuality (in press, online now, DOI:10.1080/00918369.2015.1112194).
Senior Research Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research
Giselle Pardo is currently the clinical supervisor for Project Step UP, a school, family, and community based mental health intervention for adolescents. She is also the senior research coordinator for Champ+ Argentina, a community-based mental health intervention for HIV infected youth and caregivers.
Gisselle has 17 years of experience providing mental health services in undeserved communities. Her clinical practice has focused on adolescent mental health; issues of trauma; domestic violence; and chronic illness, specifically HIV/AIDS. Her research interest and experience has focused on HIV/AIDS in international settings and the impact of poverty on children and families.
Giselle earned her MSW from Fordham University in 1994 and her MPH (Global leadership concentration) from NYU in 2011.
Alicea, S., Pardo, G, Conover, K., Gopalan, G., & McKay, M. (2012). Step-up: promoting youth mental health and development in inner-city high schools. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40 (2), 175-186.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Yeddi Park has been in social work practice for the past 15 years after receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan. She has diverse practice experiences that include working with chronically mentally ill persons, refugees and immigrants, the elderly, and children and adolescents in public schools.
Her research interests include intergenerational issues in immigrant families, adolescent mental health, and health service utilization and access to care among immigrants. She has participated in numerous research projects and community educational programs for Asian American communities in New York and New Jersey.
She received her Ph.D. from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.
Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Molinari, V., Roh, S., Park, Y., Kwon, S., Cha, H. (2013). Telecounseling for the linguistically isolated: A pilot study with older Korean immigrants. Gerontologist, 54(2), 290-296.
Park, S., Cho, S., Park, Y., Bernstein, K.S., & Shin, J.K. (2013). Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Korean Americans. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(6), 765-773.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joan Pastore is the Executive Director of the AMICO, a community based organization, dedicated to serving the needs of the older population in Brooklyn. Dr. Pastore has been an active leader in the Southern Brooklyn Community for many years. She sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for research at Maimonides Medical Center. She is also a past member of Community Board 12, where she was the Vice Chair of the Social Service Committee and a member of the Transportation and Legislative Committees. In 2014 Dr. Pastore was appointed as a Commissioner for the Age Friendly Commission. The Commission serves as partnership between Mayor’s Office and, the NYC Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, which works with city government, businesses and the non-profit sector to assure the city is addressing the challenges of an increasing older population.
Most recently Dr. Pastore was awarded the honor of being named as a “Women of Distinction” by the New York State Senate for 2018.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Susan is a psychotherapist and a clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with individuals, groups, families and communities. Her interests include mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety and depression, adjustment and relationship issues, work with adolescents and young adults, work with the LGBT community, EMDR and work with persons who have experienced recent or developmental trauma.
Susan has worked as a clinician and/or supervisor at Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Bard College and The Bridge. She has consulted for GLSEN, Children's Aid Society and the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services.
In addition to NYU Silver, Susan has taught at Columbia University and Adelphi University Schools of Social Work.
Susan received her Masters degree from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in 1992 with a concentration in Group Work.
Gliceria Pérez is a bilingual therapist who is currently in private practice with offices in Highland Park and Montclair, N.J. where she provides individual, family, group and couples therapy. Ms. Pérez has over 25 years of experience working in the social work field with immigrant families, survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. Her clinical practice has focused on working with individuals who have experienced PTSD, childhood trauma, grief/loss issues, domestic violence, child abuse, etc. Ms. Pérez has received certifications in marriage and family therapy, and traumatic stress. She utilizes an array of techniques including but not limited to - EMDR, CBT, Solution Focus, Play Therapy, and Y-CBT, etc. As a clinician and social justice advocate, Ms. Pérez regularly incorporates a multicultural perspective in treatment. Ms. Pérez has done workshops and presentations which include “Beyond 20/20 Vision: Examining Racism Through Trauma Lens”, “Unmasking Race with Interracial Couples,” and “Genograms for Assessment and Intervention with Latino Clients: Theory and Case Presentation (Part 1 & 2).” Ms. Pérez earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University and received a BA from Rutgers University.
I am a Bi-lingual psychotherapist in private practice working with a somatic focus on symptoms related to traumatic stress. A Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP) and EMDR provider, I work with adults (individuals, couples, and groups) and have practice location in Midtown NYC and in New Paltz, NY. A Hunter School of Social Work graduate with over 20 years of clinical social work experience, I am a consultant, trainer, group facilitator, and crisis intervention specialist. I provide clinical supervision for Social Workers pursuing "R" privilege. I am psychodynamic disciplined and draw from CBT, Mindfulness, DBT, EMDR, SE and Somatic Touch Trainings. I am an Assistant Trainer at SE Professional Training for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
I co-founded the Mindful Living Space A DBT based Private practice group, the Hive Event Collective, a cooperative of local artists in the Hudson Valley, and currently affiliated with Wellness Embodied in New Paltz, NY.
Leslie Peña-Sullivan, DSW, LCSW, holds a DSW and MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice. She has experience assessing and treating trauma in adolescents and adults. Leslie participated in a Clinical Social Work Fellowship as a Post-graduate Associate at the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. She is bilingual (Spanish) and works as a bilingual staff psychotherapist at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center. In this capacity, she provides individual, family, and group counseling services to the Spanish-speaking community of Southern Westchester county. Previously, she worked at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Mental Health Program providing evaluation, psychotherapeutic, and referral services for 9/11 first responders. Her focus of practice is acculturative stress and pre-migration trauma among the undocumented Latinx community.
Peña-Sullivan, L. (2019). The “Wrong Kind” of Immigrants: Pre-migration Trauma and Acculturative Stress Among the Undocumented Latinx Community. Clinical Social Work Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10615-019-00741-z
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Sharon Pinsker received her BS from Brooklyn College, her MSW from Hunter College and her PhD from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. She has worked in the field for approximately thirty years and has taught advanced practice courses and electives at NYU for more than twenty years; she has also been a faculty advisor and SIFI instructor. Dr. Pinsker has worked as a direct service provider, supervisor, and administrator, within the areas of substance abuse and mental health. She has worked extensively with individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, trauma, depression and anxiety, and life stage adjustment issues. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Pinsker provides training seminars and has a private practice in Brooklyn, offering psychotherapy and supervision. She is particularly interested in the well being of social workers, countertransference, resilience, and issues of secondary traumatic stress as well as secondary traumatic growth.
Dulcinea/Alex Pitagora holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, a Master of Social Work from New York University, a Master of Education and a Doctorate in Clinical Sexology from Widener University, and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Pitagora has a practice in New York City that includes individual and relationship therapy. Pitagora's practice is person-centered and strengths-based, focuses on self-determination and empowerment, and is LGBQ, trans, poly, and kink affirmative. Pitagora is an adjunct professor of sexual health at New York University; has published articles in peer-reviewed journals; and presented at conferences on the topics of alternative sexuality and gender diversity. Pitagora conducts research, lectures, and seminars pertaining to these communities; is the founder of ManhattanAlternative.com, an alternative lifestyle affirmative provider listing; and co-organizer of the AltSex NYC Conference. Pitagora is Kink Doctor in the Web series by the same name.
Dr. Platt is a clinical psychologist who earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck NJ. She has specialized training and experience in child, adolescent, and family services; areas of expertise include family systems perspectives, forensically informed treatment, play therapy, TF-CBT, EMDR, and sand play therapy. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and program director for over 20 years in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Sussex counties in New Jersey in various hospital and agency settings specializing in maltreatment and trauma. She is currently in private practice in Sussex County, NJ, and is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and New York University focusing on instruction in child psychology topics.
Kristin specializes in trauma, attachment, and anxiety. She received her BSW at Providence College and her MSW at the University of Connecticut. She also received a DSW at NYU. She currently works full time at her private practice, Manhattan Play Therapy. She also provides clinical supervision at Tech Kids Unlimited, an agency that teaches technology skills to children and teens with Autism and other learning differences. Kristin is interested in improving clinical services for young people with Autism, and is currently exploring effective ways to disclose an Autism diagnosis to a child/ teen. She is also passionate about serving families impacted by domestic violence.
Pleines, K. E. (2019). An Attachment-Informed Approach to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-10.
Adjunct Associate Professor
I am a PhD student in the NYU Silver School of Social Work program. Additionally, I have worked for the Stonington Institute Starlight Military Program since 2013. The Starlight program is a residential rehab for active duty and veteran military members suffering from addiction and mental health issues. My research interests have focused on substance abuse and social workers' physical health problems. I earned my Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
Professor Prendergast is currently working as the Manager for Online Graduate Program Management within the University's Enrollment Management Division. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for the Silver School of Social Work. In 2016-2017, she presented at the NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference as well as the national NASPA Annual Conference on her dissertation, "Nontraditional Online Students Perceptions of Success Conditions". At NYU, Dr. Prendergast has taught Research I and II on the Graduate level, the MSW elective on Management and Organizational Leadership, as well as undergraduate BSW classes in Research and Advanced Research.
She received a Masters in School Counseling, and a Masters in Secondary School Administration, and completed her EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in July of 2017.
Marcos A. Quinones, LCSW recently completed a secondary masters degree of science in neuroscience at Columbia University. Marcos uses his knowledge of neuroscience in private practice where he has treated adults with organic mental health disorders for 12 years. Marcos' professional interests lie in using evidenced based practices to help clients reduce stress/cortisol levels in their bodies, while helping the client develop a range of resilience factors.
Michael obtained his Masters’ Degree in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work before completing post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Supervision and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training. Michael is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania, and a Certified EMDR Therapist. Michael is the founder and CEO of MTR Therapy and practices out of the Philadelphia location at Rittenhouse Square and provides In-Home Therapy to children and adolescents in the state of New Jersey via the Children’s System of Care. Michael is the co-founder of the Diversity of Us Annual Summit in Philadelphia. Diversity of Us is the first platform for clinicians of color to share, speak, and teach about their experiences. Michael is also the founder of Get LYT, Live Your Truth, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the mission of MTR Therapy of increasing access. Get LYT provides access to financial scholarships for individuals receiving and looking to receive mental health care.
Renee has been a practicing social worker for the last 20 years, primarily in the New York City non-profit disaster response and recovery arena. She most recently served as the Field Education Coordinator for a large NGO, and provided placement, clinical supervision and curriculum design to MSW students. Renee has provided consultation, training and support to numerous Voluntary Organizations responding to disasters, specifically around issues of staff training and supervision. Renee is an adjunct professor at several schools of social work, and received her MSW from Fordham University, with a clinical specialization in children and families.
Pia Raymond earned a B.A. in psychology from Boston University and an MSW from New York University as an honors graduate, Lucretia Jett Phillips fellow and Nia Award recipient. She has deeply engaged children and families through social work practice at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the New York City Mission Society. As a community and political activist, Pia ran for NYC Council in 2017 and continued community organizing through leadership in several civic organizations. A champion for literacy with an emphasis on social emotional learning, Pia’s notable children’s book, Celebrate Smiles teaches self-esteem, love and thankfulness. She founded Creating Legacies, a nonprofit organization inspiring community building through nurturing entrepreneurs and offering families diverse social and educational experiences. She continues to share her expertise as a professor of social work with a particular emphasis on the needs of immigrant communities and those reflective of the African Diaspora.
Adrienne Resnick maintains a private practice in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She is also a forensic evaluator.
Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, ADD, and divorce counseling. She works with families, couples, individuals, and groups, as well as with children in play therapy. As a forensic evaluator she provides legal consultation and testimony, custody evaluations, and supervised therapeutic visitations.
Adrienne earned her MSW from New York University in 1981. She also received her certificate from the Family Forensics Training Program at Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health, New York, in 2006.
"1969 Was the Era of Flower Power. Is 2009 the Age of Sour Power?' Published on wowowow (http://www.wowowow.com). August 13, 2009.
"The People Behind the Jurors", New York Law Journal, Highest Verdicts of 2005, March 2006.
Greg Rideout has over 20 years of post-masters clinical and managerial experience in social service agencies in three major US cities. As the Chief Program Officer for Commonpoint Queens in Queens, he has overseen the merger of two agencies, and now provides supervision, professional development, and succession planning to nine program division leaders, as well as extends Executive support in the areas of fundraising, volunteer services, marketing, and fiscal services. Prior to joining CQY and SFY, Greg served as Deputy Program Officer for Education and Employment Services at the Henry Street Settlement, overseeing a $12M portfolio of programs reaching 6,000 people annually across 12 program sites. At the core of his work has always been service delivery to marginalized youth populations, from serving as a juvenile probation officer to coordinating adolescent residential services to designing gang intervention programs in a variety of settings to perfecting education and employment services for youth and young adults.
Kassia R. Ringell is the Co-Director of The Step-Up Program at The McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research. Step-Up is an evidence informed, alternative mental health and youth development program, that utilizes a positive youth development approach; an innovative, anti-oppressive and strengths based approach, that emphasizes youth assets using a relational lens. Kassia has worked in community, family and youth services for over 12 years, in schools, clinics and research settings across NYC. Kassia possesses special interests in incorporating anti-oppressive practice methods into institutional and clinical care, as well as deepening student and clinicians' understanding of the importance and practice of Macro social work.
Jan Roberts, LCSW, MSS, MA is the founder and former CEO of Partners in Health and Wellbeing, one of the largest collaborative mental health practices in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Roberts is a highly trained clinician with significant supervision, teaching, and clinical experience with clients struggling with trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Ms. Roberts is currently completing her doctoral training at NYU Silver School of Social Work (May 2019) where she is studying substance use and the impact of cannabis and mental health. She is an internationally-recognized speaker on cannabis and mental health and is the co-founder and Director of Translational Research for the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health. Her current research is on mental health clinicians and their knowledge and attitudes on cannabis, the use of cannabis and prescription medication among professional athletes from the NFL and NHL, and the efficacy of cannabis among veterans with PTSD. In addition, Ms. Roberts is the current Guest Editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal's special issue on Cannabis and Mental Health. Ms. Roberts sees patients in her Manhattan practice.
Dr. Rodriguez is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. He received his MSW degree from Columbia University and his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. His research, training and practice interests are in the areas of trauma treatment and trauma-informed care, anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice, and school-based mental health services. He has extensive direct practice, training and research experience in mental health services for children, adolescents, and families. After completing his studies and a post-doctoral fellowship he was the project director and co-investigator with the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Services (CATS) project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. This project supported an evaluation of efforts to disseminate trauma treatments to children and youth affected by the 911 WTC disaster. Prior to coming to NYU he was a school-based clinician in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Meghan Romanelli received her MSSW from the Columbia School of Social Work and recently, her PhD in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Meghan is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. As a researcher at McSilver, Meghan’s work focuses on health and mental health disparities among LGBTQ communities, and primarily how disparities develop through the mechanism of forgone care or restricted engagement in care. Meghan’s manuscripts have been published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, and American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. In addition to research, Meghan has nearly 10 years of clinical experience and maintains her connection to practice by facilitating groups for individuals exploring parenthood at the LGBT Community Center in New York City.
Allison R. Ross is the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families, an organization that provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors and their children.
Her area of interest is in intimate partner/domestic violence and its impact on women and children. Also, developing social interventions and prevention programs to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
She earned her MSW degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a doctorate degree (PhD) in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.
Ross, A.R., (2012). "Impact of Psychoeducational Advocacy Training as Compared to Psychoeducational Support Group as an Empowering Tool for Female Survivors of Domestic Violence." Fordham University. http://search.proquest.com.avoserv.library.fordham.edu/pdf
Ross, A. & Barker, K. (March 8, 2002). “Gender, clothing and cell phones: Observers’ first impressions of power in older African Americans.” The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Poster Presentation.
Jodi Rubin has a full-time practice in downtown Manhattan. Her expertise is in eating disorders, women's issues and infertility. Additionally, Jodi serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute. She is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has taught this class ever since. Jodi also created the Destructively Fit training, addressing eating disorders within the world of fitness.
Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University.
Dr. Meredith Hemphill Ruden specializes in social work and healthcare. She has worked as a supervisor and manager within Mt. Sinai Hospital's cancer center. Currently, she acts as Executive Director for a non-profit organization for parents with cancer that she founded called The Feather Foundation.
Her area of expertise is in hospital social work and palliative and end-of-life care, and in practice interventions such as cognitive behavioral interventions, psychodynamic psychotherapy and spiritually integrated psychotherapy.
She earned her MSW from New York University's Silver School of Social Work in 2009 and was a recipient of the Zelda Foster Palliative and End-Of-Life Care and Memorial Sloan-Kettering fellowships. She completed her DSW at NYU in 2018.