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Adjunct Faculty

William D. Cabin BA, MA, MSW, MPH, PhD, JD LMSW (NY), LSW (NJ), LSW (PA) |
Adjunct Lecturer


William Cabin is also an assistant professor of Social Work at Temple University and adjuncts at NYU, Columbia, Hunter, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cabin’s areas of expertise are gerontology, home health care, hospice, program evaluation and management. He has authored numerous articles and made numerous presentations on the limits of Medicare coverage of Alzheimer's disease patients and the impact of for-profit ownership on home health care quality.        

He earned his JD from NYU Law School in 1972; an MA in sociology from The New School in 1973; an MSW from the University of Michigan in 2004; a PhD in social welfare from CUNY in 2009; and an MPH from Hunter in 2011. 

Dr. Alex Calabrese J.D. |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Calabrese is the acting Supreme Court Justice and Presiding Judge of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

His area of expertise is in Criminal, Family and Housing Court Law and Community Justice, National and International.

He earned his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame; J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Dr. Claire Cammarata LCSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Cammarata has been the Deputy Director of the New York City (NYC) Office of Labor Relations Employee Assistance Program (EAP) since June 2016.  She was the former Clinical Director of the New York City Fire Department’s Counseling Services Unit for over 15 years.

Dr. Cammarata received her M.S.W. from Fordham University in 1994.  She acquired her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU) in 2008.  Her dissertation is titled: “September 11th, 2001 and The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY): A Search for Growth.”  Based on her work, Dr. Cammarata was named a Fahs-Beck Scholar in 2006 and received the NYU Greenstein Award in 2007.

In addition to her position at the NYC EAP and NYU, Dr. Cammarata has a private practice in Manhattan that serves adults and adolescents.  Dr. Cammarata has provided numerous professional presentations focused on mental health issues among the emergency service population and has several journal publications on this topic. 

Dr. Alma Carten |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Gabriella Cassandra MSW, LCSW-NY |
Adjunct Lecturer

Gabriella is Director of Social Services at Mott Haven Academy Elementary School. There she develops and oversees our trauma sensitive approach to education. Gabriella is especially interested in culturally competent social emotional approaches in schools. Gabriella approaches all her work from an attachment based and intersubjective lens. Gabriella graduated from CSSW in 2006 and has been a proud member of the Bronx Social Work community since then.

Donna Cavalluzzi MSW, NY LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Donna is the Deputy Director of Social Work. Is affiliated with H + H/Elmhurst Hospital. Her Focus is Psychodynamic/Developmental Psychology, and she has a Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from NYU School of Medicine/Psychoanalytic Institute.

Julia Chan LCSW in NY |
Adjunct Lecturer

Julia Chan received her MSW degree from and has taught at the Columbia School of Social Work. She completed a postgraduate training program in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and has been on faculty since 2013. 

Julia immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a teenager. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has over ten years of social work experience in community settings. She has worked with public assistance applicants, families struggling with domestic violence, immigrants, and people affected by cancer and/or mental illnesses. Currently she sees individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her work integrates systems, relational, feminist, and social justice approaches, as well as Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices. 

Whether in the classroom or therapy room, Julia strives to pay close attention to the interplay between intersectionality and the therapeutic or classroom process.

Dr. Katherine Charlap Ph.D., LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Katherine Charlap earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Professor at New York University's School of Social Work where she teaches in the School’s Masters Degree and Advanced Certificate Programs in the areas of domestic and family violence practice and policy. In addition to her work at the School, she maintains a full-time private practice. 
In her previous position, as Director of Clinical Services in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Charlap developed and implemented a comprehensive social service program designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sex crimes, and child abuse whose perpetrators were being prosecuted by the agency’s legal staff. She personally wrote and was awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal and state grant monies for the D.A.’s Office Counseling Unit, and she participated as a member of the multidisciplinary team which established the first Felony Domestic Violence Court in the State of New York. 
She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Support Grant, as well as a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Support grant. In addition, she has been awarded the Diane Greenstein memorial fellowship from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and an Influencing State Policy Grant in recognition of her dissertation entitled "Counseling and Advocacy Services for Intimate Abuse Victims: A Study of Recidivism in a Mandatory Prosecution Jurisdiction."

Dr. Luc Olivier Charlap |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Marie-Helene Charlap |
Adjunct Associate Professor


Dr. Benjamin J. Charvat MSSW, PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Benjamin Charvat is research director at the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Office of the Mayor, the City of New York. In this capacity, Dr. Charvat supervises cross-agency research projects to inform citywide policy in the health and human services field. His areas of research interest include child welfare, youth development, youth violence and justice.

In addition, Dr. Charvat’s interests include LGBTQ youth involved in child welfare and justice services. He has held various senior government and nonprofit positions to advance policy and research as well as improve client services.     

Dr. Charvat earned his MSSW from Columbia University in 1988 and his PhD from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Charvat was a recipient of a fulltime Columbia University Teaching Fellowingship while pursing his doctoral degree.

Select Publications:

Baker, A.J.L., Ashare, C. & Charvat, B.J. (2009). Substance use and dependency disorders in adolescent girls in-group living programs: Prevalence and associations with milieu factors. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, Vol 26, p. 42-57.  

Baker, A.J.L. & Charvat, B. (2008). Research methods in child welfare. New York: Columbia University Press.

Charvat, B. (2002). Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth: A view from management. Focus, 9(4)5-8.

Debra Chatman-Finley |
Adjunct Lecturer
Evelyne Chemouny LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Evelyne Chemouny

Evelyne currently maintains a Gestalt therapy private practice, started in 2008, after completing a three year program at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has fourteen years experience in the field of aging. As a geriatric social worker, she provided intensive case management and counseling to older adults; and later, as Director of Social Services at Greenwich House, she coordinated programs, managed grants, and supervised and trained staff. She was also was Field Instructor to graduate social work student interns from New York University, Columbia and Hunter College from 2004 to 2015. 

Evelyne is interested in the global field of aging and mental health. She earned  her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work (now Silberman) in 2001.

Rosa Cho |
Adjunct Lecturer
Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk, PhD, LCSW, joined the Silver School of Social Work as a clinical assistant professor and post-doctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research in January, 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk was associate dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College and an assistant professor in the social work program. She earned her PhD at Fordham University in February 2015. The title of her dissertation was Bilingual Social Workers in New York City: A Comparative Study Exploring the Benefits Accrued from Bilingualism and the Challenges Encountered in Their Work.

Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk was formerly the assistant director of field education at Lehman College – City University of New York. She is very active in the National Association of Social Work – New York City Chapter and was co-chair of the Asian American Social Workers Task Force. She also served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008. Her clinical experience includes inpatient pediatric psychiatry and outpatient adult mental health. She was recognized for her leadership in 2007 as one of the first recipients of NASW-NYC’s Emerging Leaders in Social Work award. Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk received her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and her master’s degree in social work at Fordham University.

Andrew Frank Cleek |
Adjunct Lecturer
Orsolya D. Clifford MSW, LMSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Orsolya Clifford teaches Human Behavior I and II, Clinical Work with Families, and one-credit intensives on practice with traumatized youth. She is currently a clinician at the Westchester Intensive Day Treatment Program of Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center, a therapeutic program that helps students in emotional crisis transition from hospital to school.

Her area of expertise is in working with traumatized youth and their families. Her previous work includes social work in residential settings, foster care, and at Hackensack University Medical Center. 

Orsolya received her MSW from NYU in 2004 and obtained postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and in CBT for depression and trauma through the Evidence Based Training and Dissemination Center Project at Columbia University. She currently serves as vice president of New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Rockland Chapter, and maintains a private practice in Nyack, New York.

Brent Cohen |
Adjunct Lecturer
Gretchen Cohoon |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Andrea Cole |
Adjunct Lecturer
Phil Coltoff MSW |
Senior Faculty Fellow; McSilver Faculty Fellow

Philip Coltoff, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children's Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. During this period of leadership the budget of the Society grew from $10 million to $85 million annually and developed trailblazing programs in teen pregnancy prevention, public school reform, and the reintegration of juvenile offenders. These programs have been replicated in 13,000 sites, nationally and internationally.

He currently is the Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and executive-in-residence at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Coltoff is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the prestigious William S. White award from the United States Department of Education.

Mr. Coltoff currently teaches Executive Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector, a six-part seminar series. Mr. Coltoff is the author of five books, including, The Block: One Block in the South Bronx, 1940s – 1980s; At the Crossroads: Not-for-Profit Leadership Strategies for Executives and Boards; and The Challenge of Change: Leadership Strategies for Not-for-Profit Executives and Boards.

John Crepsac |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Marissa Cusack |
Adjunct Lecturer